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Friday, January 17, 2020

The benefits of learning music | Opinions - The New Indian Express

Gyms are still full, books are still being read, and screens are still going off at a reasonable hour, as Bindu Subramaniam, singer, songwriter, educator and social entrepreneur reports.

Photo: The New Indian Express

Two weeks into 2020, we are still riding the ‘new year, new me’ high. Gyms are still full, books are still being read, and screens are still going off at a reasonable hour. We are playing around with ways to add more culture to our lives, whether it’s learning how to dance or going out on a quest to find the best pizza ever made (it counts as a legitimate New Year resolution).

In that spirit, I would like to offer another great way to kickstart the year, especially if there are kids involved – music. And as always, I come armed with evidence. Here’s why it is a great idea to start off as early as possible: It helps build entrepreneurship: Panos Panay, founding managing director of Berklee ICE (Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship), had some great insights to share on the subject.

He says learning music is an exercise in listening, collaborating, working with discipline, and getting up even after failing over and over again. Sounds familiar? Those are also qualities seen in successful entrepreneurs (and in me, according to the stories I tell my kid)...

And as they get older, subjects like physics and math get easier when musical concepts are used as a starting point (unless they’re anything like me, in which case those subjects will never get easier even if Einstein personally tutors them).

EarMaster App for Music Theory and Ear Training Now Also on iPhone | PR Web

Previously only for iPad, the iOS version of EarMaster is now also for iPhone by PR Web.

Photo: EarMaster - ear training and music theory on Mac, PC and iOS

The App is available from the App Store for free with core content and can then be expanded with more courses and lessons.

EarMaster is a music theory training App for musicians of all skill levels playing any instrument. It offers thousands of exercises to improve one’s music theory skills. Exercises cover ear training, sight-singing, rhythmic training, Jazz study and music theory. EarMaster has been around since 1996, first as a Windows-only program, then later on Mac and then iPad. It is considered as the reference in its field and used by music students, professionals and amateur musicians in most countries.

”Bringing EarMaster to the iPhone has been a long-time dream, so we’re really happy that it turned out so great. Not only did we port the EarMaster name to the smaller Apple devices, but we even managed to take the full power of the desktop and iPad Apps along with it, making it by far the most comprehensive music learning App on iPhone,” says Hans Lavdal Jakobsen, CEO of EarMaster...

EarMaster is a Danish music software company founded in 1994 and located in the city Aarhus. The company’s mission is to develop the ultimate tool to help improve music education. EarMaster was nominated for both a NAMM TEC Award in 2017 and the Music Teacher Award for Excellence in 2019, and won 2 consecutive Gazelle prizes from Danish financial magazine Børsen. Since its initial release in 1996, millions of musicians have installed EarMaster on their PC, Mac or iOS device.

Source: PR Web

There are more young cellists in 2020 than ever, thanks to the ‘Sheku effect | Artists - Classic FM

With his new album set to make history in the UK album chart, Sheku Kanneh-Mason continues to win over the world – and now, he’s officially inspired a new generation of young cellists, reports Helena Asprou, Content Editor, Classic FM at Global now.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason inspires a new generation of cellists.
Photo: Mariona Vilarós LOW
More young people than ever before are learning to play the cello – and it’s all thanks to Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Ever since his spectacular performance at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in May 2018, it seems budding musicians can’t wait to pick up their cello bows.

The National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO), whose members are all aged between 9-19, has seen a 68 per cent increase in applications from young cellists signing up for its 2020 residential course, compared to this time last year...

As an ambassador for city-based charity London Music Masters (LMM), Sheku had led numerous string workshops with local schoolchildren over the past three years, reaching more than 900 children and – ultimately – inspiring a new generation of cellists.

Source: Classic FM  .

Community Champions: Savannah Music Festival | Community Champions - WTOC

Great concerts have to begin somewhere by Tim Guidera, Anchor/Features Reporter.

Photo: Screenshot from WTOC's Video
And the WTOC Community Champions at the Savannah Music Festival have a new program to get kids started with music.

All music is beautiful when you’re first learning to make it, right?

“I wanted to play music and learn more about it and I wanted to learn how to play an instrument,” said Gabrielle Harris, Juliette Gordon Low 5th grader.

And dozens of students have started getting that opportunity through the Savannah Music Festival’s Jazz Academy - an after-school program at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary that provides kids access to instruments and instruction...

So, for now, it’s a start. But with this free instruction from the WTOC Community Champions at the Savannah Music Festival, who knows how they’ll soon sound.

Source: WTOC

Q&A: Curry Professor Studies the Most Effective Ways to Teach Math – and Make It Fun | Research & Discovery - University of Virginia

Next, Berry will offer tips for parents to help their kids find more joy and success in math.

In the first of a two-part series, UVA professor Robert Berry discusses the state of math at the early childhood and elementary school levels, the national policy issues that influence how children are taught and how we can improve, according to Whitelaw Reid, University News Associate Office of University Communications.

Curry School professor Robert Berry says the way math is taught has changed over the last half-century.
Photo: Dan Addison, UVA Communications
Robert Berry disagrees with the notion that – similar to drinking milk – kids either love or hate math.

The University of Virginia’s Samuel Braley Gray Professor of Education believes children enter the world as “emergent mathematicians, naturally curious, and trying to make sense of their world using mathematical thinking.”

The problem, according to Berry, is maintaining that curiosity, rather than suppressing it. He studies how teachers can foster such curiosity, as well as the national policy shifts and equity issues that impact how children are taught...

“I believe that children do not hate mathematics; they may hate their experiences with mathematics that do not allow them to investigate their curiosities and experience joy,” he said.

In the first of a two-part series, UVA Today caught up with Berry, of UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development, to take a deeper dive into the subject.

Source: University of Virginia

Thursday, January 16, 2020

2020 vision: the top ten technology trends for the year ahead | The Three Business Blog

The new year is always a time for looking forwards, so in that spirit, here are ten technology trends we expect will impact your business in 2020 by


Whether these are areas your business needs to invest in, or simply ones to keep a watching brief on, we’ve got you covered. 
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Source: The Three Business Blog

Why Raytheon Sponsors Math Contests for Kids | Editor's Picks - The Nation

Weapons manufacturers have figured out an early recruitment strategy, continues The Nation.

A 12-year-old student demonstrates how her team came up with the answer to a difficult question during a March 2019 MATHCOUNTS championship. (
Photo: Judy Griesdieck / Star Tribune via Getty Images
In less than 30 seconds, eighth grader Daniel Mai from Acton, Massachusetts, solved a math problem that would likely intimidate most people: “What is the quotient of 5,040 divided by the product of its unique prime factors?” With his correct answer of 24, Mai won the 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Championship, a competition showcasing the most mathematically gifted middle schoolers in the country.

From the very first competition in 1984, MATHCOUNTS has remained committed to instilling in students a love of math. The organization has been recognized by every sitting president during its 30-plus-year existence and lauded as a model charity encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)...

...Scores of students take Raytheon’s advice and pursue STEM PhDs only to reckon with the brutal demands of a post-recession academic job search. Many languish in adjunct and post-doctoral gigs, which become harder to escape from the longer one stays in them. Some quit academia altogether.  
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Source: The Nation

Lego Education launches Spike Prime to teach engineering and robotics to kids | Entertainment -

Lego Education is launching a new line to teach engineering and robotics concepts to kids in a celebration of sorts for the STEAM-focused toy division's 40th anniversary.

Photo: Future/Gia Sergovich
Called Spike Prime, the new education system is aimed at students ages 10 and up, from sixth to eighth grade. Lego Education, an education-focused division of the iconic building toy manufacturer, first announced the system last April and is rolling it out today (Jan. 14). 

"Essentially, it is a Lego kit," Sid Muthyala, a senior concept designer for Spike Prime, told "It's a tool box with a lot of Lego elements, a lot of bricks to build with. What we're adding to the set, along with the physical tools, is the hardware."...

Those challenges can range from building a "Weather Guy" robot, complete with sunglasses and an umbrella, and linking it with weather data from different cities, to programming a robot to dance on command using colored bricks. There are also sensors that can track color, distance and pressure to allow kids to design robots with different functions.

Some building challenges include a handheld grabber tool, a grasshopper-like insect, a rhino-like pressure sensor bot and  —  my personal favorite  —  a breakdancing robot that can move its hips, legs and arms separately depending on how students program it. But each of the lesson plans is designed to take about 45 minutes, including time for cleaning up. 
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MSU student gives back to youth robotics program that led her to engineering | MSU News Service

Haley Ketteler, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, arrived at studying engineering by way of participating in FIRST, an international program that organizes robotics competitions like the one MSU hosts each year by Marshall Swearingen, Communications Specialist at Montana State University.
Haley Ketteler, a senior in mechanical engineering, volunteers with the MSU-hosted FIRST robotics tournament to give kids the same opportunities that led her to study engineering.
Photo: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez
When Haley Ketteler reflects on how she came to study engineering at Montana State University, one moment stands out. She was 10, in her hometown of Pierre, South Dakota, at a 4-H workshop where kids could tinker with robots made of Legos.

"I was hooked, which was funny because I'd never done anything like that before," said Ketteler, now a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in mechatronics. "It was just that little spark. I knew I wanted to keep doing this."

She found a home for her newfound robotics passion in an international nonprofit organization called For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, which is designed to inspire interest in science, technology engineering and math among K-12 students. When MSU hosts nearly 120 teams from across Montana and beyond for a FIRST robotics competition this Friday and Saturday, Ketteler will be there as a volunteer, supporting the activity that led her to where she is today...

"Haley’s experience with FIRST is a common one for our students in engineering and computer science, and that's one of the main reasons we host the state championship each year," said Christine Foreman, associate dean in MSU's Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering. Students as young as 6 may meet their first engineer at the tournament and discover a love for STEM, she said.


World-first robot theme park chooses Christie | Projection - AV Magazine

Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land, the first theme park about intelligent robotics, has spared no effort with its AV experiences, installing Christie laser projectors and image processing solutions, as AV Magazine reports now.

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Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land is the world’s first theme park dedicated to intelligent robotics. Located in the city of Changwon on the southeast coast of South Korea, it occupies 1.25 million square metres and also houses an R&D centre and a convention centre.

Its main attractions combine robotics technology and entertainment and are powered by Christie GS Series and HS Series 1DLP laser projectors. Christie Pandoras Box’s Single and Quad players, Dual and Quad OCTO Servers, Pandoras Box Manager and Widget Designer also play their part. These systems were installed by Christie’s Korean partners Star Networks and Digital Line Technology Group (D.L.T Group).

“As the first robot-themed attraction in the world, no effort was spared to deliver the best visual and audio experience to local and international visitors of Gyeongnam Masan Robot Land,” said Seung Won Ham, head manager (System Team TE/Leader) at Star Networks. “Christie’s laser projectors and image processing solutions have been the clear choice from the onset...

Ham said Christie Pandoras Box forms the backbone of the theme park’s attractions by linking all audiovisual systems and controlling various aspects of the demonstrations such as projection mapping, blending, multi-channel audio, and lighting. As well, the Widget Designer serves as the main graphic user interface for projectors, audio and video equipment and robotic systems for the respective themed attractions.

Source: AV Magazine