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High school music classes enhance the neural processing of speech

Should music be a priority in public education? One argument for teaching music in school is that private music instruction relates to enhanced language abilities and neural function. However, the directionality of this relationship is unclear and it is unknown … Continue reading

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Music and movement share a dynamic structure that supports universal expressions of emotion

Music moves us. Its kinetic power is the foundation of human behaviors as diverse as dance, romance, lullabies, and the military march. Despite its significance, the music-movement relationship is poorly understood. We present an empirical method for testing whether music … Continue reading

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Music and emotion—a composer’s perspective

This article takes an experiential and anecdotal look at the daily lives and work of film composers as creators of music. It endeavors to work backward from what practitioners of the art and craft of music do instinctively or unconsciously … Continue reading

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The Painting by Monet That Gave Impressionism Its Name

Monet gets his place in the art timeline because of his leading role in the impressionist art movement, and through the enduring appeal of his artistic style. Looking at this painting, done early in his career, it may not seem … Continue reading

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Music Forms and Styles of the Baroque Period

In 1573, a group of musicians and intellectuals came together to discuss various subjects, especially the desire to revive Greek drama. This group of individuals is known as the Florentine Camerata. They wanted lines to be sung instead of simply … Continue reading

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Edgar Degas: His Life and Work

Edgar Degas was one of the most important artists and painters of the 19th century, and an important figure in the Impressionist Movement despite the fact that he rejected the label. Contentious and argumentative, Degas was a difficult man to … Continue reading

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What is Art and why do we need it?

Art exists in various forms and giving a concrete definition of it can be quite challenging. Some people refer to it as any creative work of a human being. Others refer to it as a way an artist will express … Continue reading

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