New Study Reveals How Music Affects Driving Behavior

Want to lessen your chances of being involved in a vehicular accident?  If so, a new study suggests you should think carefully about the music you listen to while driving.  The study conducted by www.confused.com found that listening to certain types of music while behind the wheel may increase your chances of having an accident, and in some cases the findings might not be exactly what you might expect.

Researchers at the London Metropolitan University used the gps enabled MotorMate driving app to monitor music’s effect on the driving behaviors of four men and four women.  Participants in the study drove 250 miles without music to establish baseline results.  During and the next 250 miles of the test, they listened to a variety of musical styles, including heavy metal, hip-hop, country, classical, and jazz.

Psychologist Dr. Simon Moore said the study resulted in some interesting findings. “Fast beats can cause excitement and arousal that can lead people to concentrate more on the music than on the road,” said Moore.  Hard-rocking dance and hip-hop songs including The Black Eyed Peas’ “Hey Mama” and Fall Out Boy’s “Dead on Arrival” topped the list of most dangerous songs to listen to while driving.

Surprisingly, both male and female participants tended to drive more erratically when listening to classical music than when listening to no music.  This may have been more a matter of personal taste than the result of tempo. As Dr. Moore explained, “Listening to music you don’t like can cause stress and distraction and this also negatively affects driving.”

Regardless of the particular style or whether the music had lyrics or was instrumental music, researchers found that the safest driving tunes were those with a tempo of between 60 to 80 beats per minute, which is similar to the average human heart rate.  Moore said, “A fast tempo can cause people to subconsciously speed up to match the beat of the song.”  Listening to heavy metal music caused male participants to drive much faster and one female participant drove much more aggressively when listening to hip-hop songs.

Songs that promoted the safest driving behaviors included Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer”, Nora Jones’ “Come Away With Me”, Coldplay’s “The Scientist”, Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River” and “Karma Police” by Radiohead.

Do you find that your driving is affected by the music you listen to?  Does your mood reflect the music you’re listening to, or vice versa?  Leave a comment below.

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The Marine Band’s Proud Tradition of Performing at Presidential Inaugurations

What would the presidential inauguration be without the participation of “The President’s Own” — the United States’ Marine Band?  Here’s a brief, visual history by the band’s official historian, MGySgt Michael. Ressler.

Did you have a favorite performance from today’s inaugural celebration?  Let us know by posting a comment below.

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Today in Music History – Jazz Music Breaks the Culture Barrier

It was 69 years ago today, on January 18, 1944, that the  New York City Metropolitan Opera House opened its doors to a whole new audience by hosting its first-ever jazz concert.

Among the jazz legends performing that evening, were   Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton.

We were able to locate this rare, original recording from the event,  featuring “Sachmo” and trumpet player Roy Eldridge playing “Mop Mop.”  We hope you enjoy it.  If so, please let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Rubik’s Cube Inspired Music Controller

The MusixCube handheld controller interfaces with a variety of digital music production software including Logic, Ableton Live, ProTools and other MIDI controllers.

The device was created by Muthesius Academy of Art and Design student Hauke Scholz as his B.A. thesis project.  Scholz says the inspiration behind the device was “the idea of taking the music producers away from the computer and allowing them to take back the music into their own hands.

Learn more about the MusixCube here.

 

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Music Sales Hit All-Time High in 2012

According to the Nielsen Company & Billboard’s 2012 Music Industry Report, U.S. music sales surpassed 1.65 billion unit transactions last year, up 3.1 percent compared to 2011.  Digital album sales increased by 14.10 percent, and digital track sales rose by 5.1 percent. Sales of physical music (CDs, LPs and tapes) fell by 12.8 percent.

Nielsen’s Senior VP of Client Development David Bakula said, “Digital Album sales are up 14.1% and Digital Track sales are up 5.1%, but despite being down 12.8%, physical is still the dominant album format.”

Adele’s album “21″ was the best selling album for the second consecutive year, and  Gotye’s “Sombody that I Used to Know” Ft. Kimbra was digitally streamed 45,062,000 times.

Read the entire report.

Many audiophiles say there’s no comparison between the sound quality produced by vinyl recordings and other recording media, including tape and digital. Which do you prefer?  Let us know by posting a comment below.

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Church Choral Reading Session with Joel Raney

Joel Raney, Clinician

Join us this Saturday, January 12th from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm for our Sacred Reading workshop at the First Presbyterian Church in Edmond, OK.

Pianist, conductor, composer and clinician Joel Raney will introduce more than 40 new Easter and General Church Service titles for choir from the top sheet music publisher, including Alfred, Hal Leonard, Lorenz, and Shawnee Press.

Registration fee is $10 and includes refreshments (served at 8:30 am) and complimentary music packets including most of the titles presented.

For more information or to register, call Pender’s Music Company at (405) 842-7825 or (800) 772-8405 or email us at jstaton@penders.com

 

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Huge Instrumental Sheet Music Clearance Sale

Instrumental sheet music is on sale for 45% Off for a limited time only.  Huge selection of brass, string, woodwind, and percussion sheet music. Shop Now!

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BCS Battle of the Bands

Which BCS championship contender has the best fight Song?

Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.

 

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Keepin’ it Real: Music [Education] in the Social and Digital Age

Companies large and small go in and out of business all the time, much like the ebb and flow of the tides each day. There is no sector of business immune to it, and sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason for it either. The business of sheet music is no different. Sheet music stores and sheet music publishers rise and fall, rise and fall, akin to a lilting melody in a song.

Some make it and some don’t. Take Carl Fischer sheet music, a tried-and-true music publisher that is celebrating 140 years of service this year to 1,400 sheet music retailers worldwide, Pender’s Music Co. being one of them. Consider this: when the founder of Carl Fischer first opened up for business, he didn’t sell sheet music at all. Carl Fischer, the business, was a musical instrument repair shop, and there is really little in common when comparing band instrument repair with the writing, designing, printing, publishing and distributing of a piece of sheet music.

But what about Southern Music Company, a business that was both a sheet music retailer and a music publisher, too? In February of this year, after 75 years of retailing and publishing, the San Antonio mainstay for music educators, performers and students everywhere closed its doors for good. Of course, it must be noted here that Lauren Keiser Music Publishing eventually took over the publishing division in June, but still, it’s the sign of the times —  rise and fall, rise and fall.

Like Carl Fischer, Pender’s Music Co. is also celebrating an anniversary, albeit only 45 years and counting. And somewhat similar to them, our primary focus in the beginning wasn’t sheet music either. Think soda fountain, art supplies, school supplies and more (a little bit of music), sold right on campus to college students. But even more similar? The acceptance of change, and the willingness to adapt to it, with a little bit of risk-taking for good measure.

That’s what small business is best at. That’s what a family-owned business is best at: the germ of the idea, the drive to make it happen, the willingness to cut your losses when necessary, the stick-to-it-ive-ness to ride the rise and fall, the dare to dream big all over again.

And what does all of this have to do with music education, social media, and the digital age? Quite a lot. Over the past few days, we’ve seen the viral video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” as arranged and performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra. The 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra is a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela, a choral music conductor and educator who graduated from Yale’s School of Music Masters Program in choral conducting in 2010. And Colin Britt, who arranged the music for the group, was one of her classmates. He is now on the faculty at the Hartt School of Music.

We’ve also seen Korean singer’s Psy “Gangnum Style” as performed by the Ohio University Marching Band. These classically trained musicians, educators and students have put their own spin on popular music of today and shared it via social media to millions of people. Brilliant! It’s certainly a positive spotlight on choir, orchestra, and marching band.

As music educators, music makers, and the companies that supply needed goods and services to them move forward, it will be important for everyone to try and adapt to the changes of how media and information is transmitted nowadays. Embracing technology and its power of connecting people to people and products and services to people will be vital to staying strong both in education and in business. Sheet music, just as recorded music and published books before it, is rapidly transforming itself into a more digital-friendly medium — point of purchase digital downloads, online score and part perusal, streaming sample audio, etc. But let’s not forget that the content — that piece of sheet music with the lilting melody — remains the same, and the value of it is truly immeasurable.

Browse the new Carl Fischer Concert Band titles for 2012: listen to recordings, view full scores, shop online!

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Work Backwards for Success

Choral Cache Thursdays @ Pender's Buzz

A Choir Teacher Prepares for the New School Year

[by Guest Blogger, Denise Eaton]

We are people of “beginnings” but I have found that teaching requires something more from me. Instead of thinking about the beginning of the year, think backwords. Make a list of the things that went well last year and the things upon which you would like to improve. Be very specific about both your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher. One example could be that you feel very good about your ability to teach repertoire, but your classroom organizational skills need improvement. While thinking in that vein, begin planning to implement the “how to’s,” “what to do” and “what not to do’s” which will effect a successful beginning.

Confession: After twenty-nine years in the profession, I still attend the “Tried and Proven” and “Jump Start Your Year” -type sessions at conventions because I fret over what to do at the beginning of the year. They target young teachers but I am proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks. It is crucial that there be a thorough classroom management plan in order to establish boundaries and expectations between you and your students. Procedures for checking roll, getting in seats, distribution of music/materials, picking and putting up folders, etc. must be well thought-out. Anticipate and have a plan for anything and everything your students will “throw” at you and know that it is impossible to over prepare.

Consider the concepts you taught last year, how you would like to build upon them, and any new ones you would like to teach this year. My list consists of:

  •  Continued rhythm growth: Extracting rhythms from repertoire, review of rhythm and relative duration (a very basic presentation of note values), and through selected drills from the Sueta Rhythm Vocabulary (ask your band director – he/she should have Sueta and many more you could use).
  • ŸInterval identification and drills: We begin the year speaking and singing steps and thirds, steps and thirds, steps and thirds. It is impossible to over enforce these basic tenets of sight reading throughout the year. Next we’ll begin the introduction of fundamentals from the SMART Book  in the tonality of the song(s) being introduced.
  • Ÿ Sight Reading: My high school Chorale used to begin the year sight reading The Lord Bless You and Keep You. Since it is four-part, it is at least eight days of sight reading, as everyone learns all four parts. The order of teaching events consisted of : chant text in rhythm, audiatesolfegge, and then sing solfegge.  The “amen” section is a great place to begin as the choir can successfully make the transition from syllables/neutral syllables to text. The song will be a great way to get them singing, but we would also begin some sort of sight singing series, be it SMART, Jenson, or portions of each.
  • ŸRepertoire: [All the time] I’m listening to CDs, digging through my “possible” music stacks, ordering single copies of songs heard while judging, attending festivals, and conventions.  Initially, my “possible” stacks start off high; I put anything and everything I think I might be able to teach plus all that my choir might be able to execute. It is then time to play through the songs, looking at range, harmonies, etc. all the while paying particular attention to exposure of each part.  This helps determine whether the song will show off a choir’s strengths or draw attention to their weaknesses. Eventually, there is a short stack for each choir. After much study and thought to what will provide a varied and interesting program, next is score study and teaching material preparation. It is always good, however, to keep a few songs in reserve; once you have actually heard your choir and you get to know their collective strengths/weaknesses, your repertoire choices could change.
  • ŸAssessment: Implement some creative ways to assess your students. Assign a part learning assignment using technology (Carl Fischer and BriLee have FREE down-loadable part-by-part recordings online); and writing assignments – nothing long and elaborate – merely a tool to get to know students better and to assess their strengths and weaknesses as communicators. In addition to their writing, the students will develop a word bank of musical terms and any vocabulary I use when teaching that they can not readily define. Rhythm counting drills are always fun and can be made into a competition/game between sections.

In closing, I hope that by working backwards, you can move forward as a teacher this year. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, to ask questions and to share your ideas with trusted colleagues in order to get feed-back and encourage dialogue. We are all in this together!

– Denise Eaton, a former TMEA President and active educator, joined the editorial team of Carl Fisher in 2011, where she serves as their choral editor. Carl Fischer, and their sister company, Theodore Presser, are leading publishers of educational choir sheet music, band sheet music, piano sheet music, orchestra sheet music, and much more.
 
 
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