Golden Music staff works everyday with musicians and families and friends of musicians, we often think about the nature of music. What's it's purpose, what is it exactly?
A very interesting article came across my desk today*.
Flutes were discovered made from bone found in Germany, the earliest recorded instruments placed at about 200,000 years old, meaning our species as we are developed today were music makers. What was music's role in our ancestors' lives? What is it in our lives, in our community?
Music establishes COMMUNITY.
A mother humming to her child (probably came before language), ancestral men dancing and singing before a hunt. Researchers state “By establishing such a bond between individuals, music created not only the family, but society itself... Our Ancestors' lives depended on the hunt and used music in the ceremonies. It paved the way for us to communicate with each other and to share emotions."
As centuries went by, Music's ability to communicate emotions was precisely what made it persist after the development of language. On top of that, there is an instinctive function of music--to make us feel good. Songs activate the frontal lobe, produce dopamine and act on the cerebellum, which is able to “synchronize itself” to the rhythm of the music, which causes pleasure. “It’s like a toy for the brain,” that also stimulates creativity. For years, we've been quoting the influence of music study on the develop of children, that's old news.
What's so interesting is this research that music is about bonding and communication. We strive to create music community thrives on the bonds we develop. We have four community groups right now as well as our private lesson program, where wonderful music mentors work with developing musicians. I would also say that we strive to bond with you when you come to our store, as we discuss your music needs and dreams.
Golden Music supports your music connections!
All data for this blog came from: https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en/what-is-the-purpose-of-music/ Joana Oliviera
Golden Music has many goals and plans to continue in our mission to support the music community in 2019. Primarily, we are striving to build our music school to be the place where music education is available for everyone wanting to learn. We are improving our physical environment with new furniture and fixtures. Our web page is getting a makeover which will bring out the many talents of our teachers to you. Our wonderful staff are digging in deeper to their roles in the store and we see amazing talent and devotion coming through daily. As an owner, I strive to bring balance to my life and all those involved with our wonderful work and a healthy lifestyle. Best wishes to you and your family and friends! Love to all, Mary
Our second annual Christmas Season full of events is planned and ready for the season to roll in! Starting on November 17th with another great Uke event, then November 24th with the Non Traditional Music Day. We are planning to feature house accordion teacher Joanne Birsa with selections from German folk repertoire, Rebecca Moritzky demonstrating the #guzheng and Gregory Walker on electric strings. In the month of December we are planning:
Dec 1st - Contemporary Strings Day 🎻
Dec 8th - Ukulele Day & Guitar Days
Dec 15th - Guitar Days
Dec 22nd - Ukulele Day & Guitar Days
We've planned a series of Uke events for fall and the end of the year and our first one, October 27th had a great turn out. Jim led two groups, kids in one and adults in the other in beginning and advancing songs and uke techniques. Our next classes are schedule for November 17, December 8th and December 22. Every event will have a Special Giveaway. Also, loaner instruments are available to all participants. Jim Venis is the teacher at Golden Music and has openings for private lesson students.
Read more about Jim here: JIM VENIS