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Computers should get a more prominent role in formal music education

Beloved followers, As a part of our thesis, we wrote a short paper in which we make a statement and revisit some topics that we discussed earlier on this blog. It can be found here: Computers should get a more … Continue reading

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Influence of starting age for learning an instrument

I’ve heard that in order to reach absolute top level musical instrument skills, you need to start early, but I wondered if that is true and how early this starting age should be. The paper “Is early music education necessary … Continue reading

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Interview with Peter Breugelmans – Part 1

A few weeks ago we conducted an interview with Peter Breugelmans, Lichen’s organ teacher. Peter is a proficient organ and harpsichord player and teacher, distinguished in multiple contests. In the next posts here we want to talk about some of … Continue reading

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The relationship between programming and music

On one of our previous posts we received a comment from Lu Hongyang that briefly stated that “Playing instruments is a kind of skill, like programming skills for electronics engineering students”, mentioning that they have something in common: introduction comes … Continue reading

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Making music reduces physical strain

A relatively recent study “Musical agency reduces perceived exertion during strenuous physical performance”, by Thomas Hans Fritz et al., conducted in Germany and Belgium, has found that “making music makes strenuous physical activities less exhausting”. What does that mean? I … Continue reading

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The benefits of music

You may have heard of the Mozart effect. Simply said, this claims that ‘listening to Mozart makes you smarter’, or a more moderate version is that children who listened to Mozart’s music perform better for some mental tasks. But is … Continue reading

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Judging other people’s taste in music

Last week Laura Miller published an article “Is the literary world elitist?”, which addresses the way people judge the taste in literature of others, focusing on how and why they express their disapproval. My first reaction was familiarity, since I … Continue reading

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