MUSIC, the universal language is no more limited to the few. Thanks to the media, music be listening, singing or playing any instrument – has now become a pleasant part of our lives. Music now has no age barrier and people from all walks of life are keen on playing music themselves which is rather encouraging.
Promotion and preservation of traditional Indian Classical Music, imparting in-depth training to students to make them devoted singers and performers, revival of the ancient Guru-Sisya parampara style of teaching, conducting research into various aspects of music, initiation of music appreciation courses.
The Brain Connection
The BRAIN is divided into two hemispheres -the right and the left. The left-brain is in charge of rational thought and logical sequencing. The right brain takes over when dealing with creativity. Most individuals lean toward the left-brain, but some are more right-brained. The goal is to use both sides of the brain to their greatest potential to create a complete human being. Kids are able to find ways of doing this through expressing themselves creatively – which includes playing an instrument.
Most mathematical calculations have solutions, and understanding the pattern leads to greater learning. According to Raucher, children that are offered instrumental instruction had higher test scores and were able to better accomplish tasks using spacial-temporal cognition, hand-eye coordination and arithmetic. Raucher also finds there is a strong link between visual and spatial skills that are used when children play and practice playing music. When children spend time practicing an instrument, they also pay attention to detail and are disciplined, which are valuable skills needed when learning challenging math concepts. This strengthens the mental-physical connection in the brain and body.
The concept of spatial-temporal reasoning is the ability to visualize patterns, come to solutions, and understand multi-stop problems. Most often, these are concepts associated with math, but spatial-temporal reasoning is essential to our everyday life. When children are exposed to music, through either playing or listening, neurons in the brain fire, causing certain parts of the brain to engage, and even enlarge, in certain cases. The cortex, responsible for higher thought and development, is stimulated when a child plays or listens to music. The right brain is stimulated through expressing itself creatively by playing music, and the left is encouraged through making logical decisions while reading sheet music and playing the instrument. This means the brain works together, which as stated earlier, optimizes brain functions.
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Music and Violin
Playing and understanding music is fun, and also challenging. For those of us that were part of orchestra or band in our educational years, we remember the challenges of keeping the steady beat, learning how to read sheet music, and working together with a group to create somewhat beautiful music. The thing is, there is more math involved in the process than we think. Integrating learning math with music is beneficial to both learning a musical instrument and honing math skills – and potentially offers children skills that will benefit them for years to come.
There have been many studies that link listening to music to improving test results, coined the “Mozart Effect.” Research by Dr. Francis Raucher and Dr. Gordan L. Shaw of University of California Irvine found when children were regularly exposed to classical music, they were better able to perform spatial tasks, such as learning concepts easily, problem solving, and accomplishing challenging activities. Although there is no research proving that exposing babies to classical music while in the womb promotes math skills later in life, playing music for children of all ages offers the opportunity for them to hear patterns and rhythms in music that they are able to respond to and recognize over repeated exposure.
It is even thought that Mozart himself used mathematic concepts to create his enjoyable music. The golden section – the precise way of dividing a line, musically or mathematically, may have played a role in Mozart’s musical creations. Music is comprised of beats, which add up to create sections similar to concepts found in mathematical equations. So, it adds up that music and math intertwine in ways that entice the brain to combine its creative and logical sides into one.
Learning Violin as Math
As you endure your child’s horrid noises while he attempts to play the violin, recorder, just remember that along with learning how to play a musical instrument, he is boosting his brain for learning and understanding math. Yes, the brain finds music and math to be a happy combination, so encouraging your child to continue pounding away at that violin is a good thing if you want him to be able to properly balance his checkbook later in life.
Ideas for Incorporating Violin and MathProvide children with instruments they can use to shake or tap in rhythm with music they are listening to at their own pace. Finding the rhythm within music and being able to keep the beat is the beginning connection between music and math. Allowing young children to make this connection in their own time encourages their confidence and beginning understanding of music and math. Encourage children to read a story while keeping the beat by tapping a tambourine or clapping. Even language has a beat, and chanting or rhyming also encourages the brain to think in a linear mathematical way. Have children listen to music and express themselves through dance, or by using scarves to move and sway to the beat. Encouraging children to move differently to varying sounds or rhythms also motivates the brain to categorize sounds and understand patterns within music.
The next time your child is pounding away on the family piano or screeching while practicing the recorder, just remember, his brain is learning in amazing ways, and eventually he will be making wonderful music and hopefully completing those challenging algebraic equations with ease!
Balram Chand Born and brought up in the musical environs of Orissa , is an accomplished violin player,and Music Director of different composition on classical , fusion and odissi base .Also have done ballet music composition and creative morden dance music for the Doordarshan and Dancers. and a leading player among the young generation of musicians today. He initially begun his training in 1982 at the age of ten under the encouraging guidance of one of the renowned Violin players of Orissa – Guru-Bipinbihari Das, Prof-Sunilshing Mohanta, later continued training Prof- Late Mohamed Hamid Ahead, (A-grade artist A.I.R.), for 7 years and successfully completed M.A. in Hindustani Violin (North Indian Style) from Utkal University,Orissa in the year 1998, then finally moved for further technical tutelage under Ganesh & Kumresh (A-grade artist A.I.R) also has trained under Guru Lalgudi Rajalaxmi (A-grade artist A.I..R), Bangalore in Vocal & Violin. Balaram has performed at various music festivals , all over India and Abroad in different kind of musical concerts as a solo and with accompany.
The Performances in prestigious and eminent Music Festivals in India and Abroad :
Performances In India :
Khajuraho Festival on 2005,Feb,27th
Swaralaya Festival on 2002,Dec, 5th
Marga Festival on 2002, Nov, 28th
Surya Festival on 2002, Oct, 2nd
Thalam Festival on 2002, Oct, 3rd
Shilparaman Festival on 2001, Dec, 26th
Luknow Festival on 2001, Nov, 29th
Konark Festival on 1996 and 1997, Dec
Puri Beach Festival on 1997,Nov, 27th
Prachin Kala Kendra, Chandigarh – 2008
Playing For SPICMACAY since last 10 years in various part of
Gwalior Virasat -2003Sankat Mochan Sangeet Samaroh ,Varanasi – 2006Sangeet Natak Academy yuva Mohotshav, 1993
Performances in abroad :
Joyce Theater Foundation, New York,USA, on 2005 April, 12th -16th
Lafayette College, Pennsylvania,USA, 2005 April, 19th
Namaskar Foundation, Hart Ford,USA, 2005 April, 19th
International Education University of Colorado Denver,USA,2005, March,26
Summer Stage Festival,New York, USA, 2004, Feb, 21st
American Dance Festival Duke University Durham,USA,2004, Feb, 14th -15th
Loha Michel Kohler Art Center, USA, 2002, April, 11th
Penn State University 2002, April, 3 University of Arizona, Tuson, USA, 2002, March, 29th -30th
Pittsburgh Dance Council, USA, 2002, March, 23rd
Miami Dade Community College,USA, 2002, March, 17th
Clevland Museum Art Gallery, USA, 2002, March,
PRINCIPLES AND ESSENTIAL POINTS FOR TEACHER & PARENTS
1. The child should listen to the reference recordings every day at home to develop musical sensitivity. Rapid progress depends on this listening.
2. Tonalization, or the production of a beautiful tone, should be stressed in the lesson at home.
3. Constant attention should be given to accurate intonation , correct posture, and the proper bow hold,
4. Parents and teachers should strive to motivate the child so he will enjoy practicing correctly at home.
I am thoroughly convinced that musical ability can be fully cultivated in every child if the above four points are faithfully observed.
Education for musical sensitivity
Every day, children should listen in recordings of the music they are currently studying. This listening helps them make rapid progress. It is the most important factor in the development of musical ability. Those children who have not had enough listening will lack musical sensitivity.
Musical ability is not an inborn talent but an ability that can be developed. Any child who is properly trained can develop musical ability just as all children develop the ability to speak their mother tongue. For the happiness of children, I hope those four essential points will be carefully observed and put to continual use in the home and studio.