5 Ways Of Wellbeing through Music Education!

The Dynamite Dyslexic Writes:

Here’s the UK Government Office For Science sponsored global ‘Foresight’ research project – with nef the New Economics Foundation – The 5 Ways to Wellbeing. I’ve changed it to the 5 Ways Of Wellbeing – ‘cos that’s an acronym making WOW! And added WOW! ME! to make it the 5 Ways Of Wellbeing through Music Education. Discover below the research, talks and stories that show us how to WOW! Me! through the 5 Ways. Be ready to laugh, cry, smile, learn and find out how VITAL music education (not just listening) is to WOW! ME! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU! and YOU!

Before you get going…take the WOW! ME! Workout!

Where are you on the WOW! ME! Scale of Wellbeing? Try just one part – KEEP LEARNING –  It’s not a ‘test’ it’s a way to help you find where you are; and more important where you want to be. If you think you CAN’T learn music – you are right – because you won’t try. If you think you CAN – you are even more right- BECAUSE YOU WANT TO and…..because there are SO many ways today (including our Emoji-Go! System) to help everyone, of every age and every ability.

Barack Obama talks how to WOW! ME!


CONNECT -with others: your family, your friends, your community……..and YOURSELF!!! What better way than to share the pleasures of learning, playing, singing and sharing through social media what you are doing with MUSIC? Is there a better way? Not if you read everything below and find out what, why and how music is THE most important element in our lives for enhancing our wellbeing and happiness AND our education, emotional and physical ability all at once!

Let’s start with CONNECT with YOURSELF and others with the greatest thing that music does – impacts on our emotions. From listening to the music that enhances the movies experience from the joy and fear in Star Wars to love and loss in Sleeping in Seattle.

Emotional Response To Music

Emotional responses to music: Individual or universal? Have you ever wondered why music can have such a profound impact on your mood? How one song can move you to tears in 2 minutes flat and another can make you smile? Well, Dr. Egermann was wondering the same thing and thanks to two distinct but complementary research projects he will have some insights to share with us about the connection between music and our most profound emotions.

Dr. Hauke Egermann is a music & emotions researcher connected to the Technische Universität Berlin, investigating music, sound and media with empirical research methods

Music is a language – So Make MISTAKES! And find out what you want to SAY!

Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. What better word to use than CONNECT to give the result of communication its truest result. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language–by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.

More Victor Wooten –  Jam with the language of Music!

Victor Wooten is an innovator, composer, arranger, producer, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. He has been called the greatest bass player in the world. He is a skilled naturalist and teacher, a published author, a magician, husband and father of four, and a five-time Grammy award winner.

In Music as a Language Wooten makes the case for learning music in the same way as we learned our first language, calling for a more natural, less academic approach. He makes the point that, as babies, we weren’t taught our first language or corrected when we made a mistake. We didn’t even know we were beginners and got to ‘jam’ with people much better than us. Wooten draws on his own musical education as an example of how taking this approach can deliver great results.

Vivaldi – The Four Seasons – The Four Reasons!! And train the orphans -The Disadvantaged

Light, bright, and cheerful, “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi is some of the most familiar of all early 18th century music, featured in numerous films and television commercials. But what is its significance, and why does it sound that way? Betsy Schwarm uncovers the underlying narrative of this musical masterpiece.

Piano player Talks Personal

Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties.


First The Good News! – Here’s 6 Billion Reasons Why Written Language is Changing….

…..And Why We Need The Music Version of a Visual, Colourful, Motivational + Learning Difficulties and Disability Friendly Language of Music –  A New EMOJI-GO! Language BECAUSE GO! = LANGUAGE!

The Language of EMOJI – As emotional as the language of Music!

As the popularity of emoji has risen over the last decade, many of these little symbols have taken on lives of their own. We use them to portray emotion that can otherwise get lost in a text-based conversation. But does that mean that these little pictures qualify as language?

And says The Dynamite Dyslexic – How can it be applied to the Language of Music!

GO! YouTube is not about THE EMOJI-GO! Music concept  it is about why music learning, playing and teaching needs a new approach – which is why there are over 500+ attempts and patents at trying to devise something new from a 1,000 year old system!

woty-emoji-bannerIt’s going to be hard enough trying to capture the (big!) picture of EMOJI-GO! Music when there is SO much amazing learning theory and techniques involved (packed in to a – so far- 15,000 word Patent application!!): So here is the ‘taster'(or a big meal indeed!) of the volume of info out there WHY something new is needed not just for learning difficulties, like the Briitish Dyslexia Association Music Webinars (above) but for everyone.

But it’s not just the notation that’s a problem it’s the memorisation and the motivation involved that are the real issues around the current system of learning, playing and teaching of music.

So I also show how a new visual, colourful, exciting, fun, simple, easy, motivating and UNIVERSAL language like Emojis are changing the world – with 6 BILLION sent every day – with the TED Talks by world leading semiotics Prof. on the new era of visual communication of emotion by emojis where he talks of the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year – A Smiley!

The Language of Dyslexics Needs To Be SIMPLE! EMOJIS are SIMPLE VISUAL ONE IMAGE Messages!

I’m The Dynamite Dyslexic and I HAVE TO MAKE things SIMPLE or at least SIMPLER! That’s why I HAD TO create EMOJI-GO! Music. Listen to Richard Branson, Orlando Bloom, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Henry Winkler, Jay Leno, Jamie Oliver, Daymond John, Eddie Izzard, Kevin O’Leary  talk about their dyslexic + success – if you keep it simple!

Music + Mnemonics + EMOJIS = Musemonics that are Visual Vocal Visceral – 3 V’s

The Word of The Year! Oxford English Dictionary 2016 – ” We chose it because that’s the way things are going!”

g-girl-difficulty-logo-copyg-girl-dysmusia-logo-copyThe Dynamite Dyslexic Writes; EMOJIS – says Marcel Danesi are the new ‘Cave Wall’ of today on our screens. Here, now, everywhere, all the time is where the power of the visual (art) is transferred into emotion and becomes the visual communication of that emotion. Art became writing of joined up art (glyphs). Music did the same. Can we make EMOJI-MAJIKKU through Musemonics the new communication for music too? Works for me! And the 4D’s of Music Difficulty and Disabilities? Check out the science, art and human emotion here….

Ted X Tornato: From cave drawings to emojis: Communication comes full circle | Marcel Danesi | TEDxToronto

On October 27, 2016, some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied our theme, Symbols + Signals.

Marcel Danesi is Professor of Semiotics and Anthropology at the University of Toronto, and has been teaching since 1972. He is passionate about the study of customs, signs & symbols (aka semiotics).

An extensively published author, Marcel is known for his work in language, communications, and semiotics. He is fascinated by the meaning of popular culture, and how it informs social evolution. His work has been featured in The New York Times, the Toronto Star, and Psychology Today.

Are EMOJIS Making us Dumber? Resounding NO!

g-girl-q-logo-copyProfessor Vyv Evans of Bangor University’s School of Linguistics & English Language has conducted research into emojis and has found that they are far more than pretty little pictures.

g-girl-exclamation-logo-copyProfessor Evans’ findings show that emojis positively enhance digital communication by bringing emotion and tone into text conversations.

And says The Dynamite Dyslexic – Imagine the power of learning music through visual mnemonics!

Benjamin Zander Creates ‘Shining Eyes’!!!!

Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.


It’s a BLAST! I love this video!


The Disorders of Muscial Disability

Music therapy is an ancient and yet very modern practice that has the power to heal and transform our brains and bodies in significant ways. Kathleen Howland, speech language and music therapist explains how music really does have the power to heal our brain and heart.

Start YOUNG!!!

Music educator Richard Gill argues the case for igniting the imagination through music and for making our own music. In this talk, he leads the TEDxSydney audience through some surprising illustrations of the relationship between music and our imagination.

 Music On The Brain – Neuroscience and Rythm

A neuroscientist with music on the brain. Literally. Can music change the way we move?

Jessica Grahn is a cognitive neuroscientist who chases the musical mysteries of the mind. For her, music and the brain inspire her to ask how and why does music make us move? How does music influence different types of movement, and how could we optimize this effect to help patients with neurological disorders?

Jessica, a musician herself, is curious about why humans have developed a musical culture (and why monkeys haven’t) and how does musical or rhythmic ability relate to movement and language ability. This Assistant Professor at the Brain and Mind Institute and the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario is using her neuro-musical insights to explore the age-old mystery of why some people can ‘feel the beat’, while others have two left feet.

The Dyslexia Advantage

Now watch John Stein MA Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the end of the video talk about the GIFT OF DYSLEXIA like Einstein!

Now The BDA News – Or is it BAD News! Why we need a NEW way!

The Dynamite Dyslexic Writes:

British Dyslexia Assoc. BDA Webinar - Here
From BDA Webinar – See and Hear on GO! YouTube! Below.

Some time ago I worked very closely with the BDA around making websites Dyslexia Friendly. It was at the Olympia Education Exhibition I discovered form  an expert ophthalmologist that I had ‘Visual Stress’ In short, I have been reading at about 90 Words Per Minute WPM all my life. Now, after being tested I can read 170 WPM. Yes! 170!!! How? With blue tinted glasses. This is just ONE way of helping with ‘Musical Dyslexia’ and as now discovered Dysmusia – and I also have Dyscalculia so my ‘numbers up’! Here in this Webinar comes the advice and information about Dyslexia and the impact on Music ability and learning. Take note of the issue of ‘visual stress’ (or Meares Irlens Syndrome – which I had diagnosed by Prof. Bruce Evans a leading authority in this area) and colour coding as started by MuseScore for dyslexics.

Mnemononics. What? Why? Here’s How!

The Dynamite Dyslexic Writes; There are 7 Key Ways in Musemonics that help people learn. Do you need them all? Maybe! But everyone is DIFFERENT and may need different strategies and interventions. The critical thing for everyone is that they are multi-sensory or multi-modal to give it another name. The more the merrier as it opens up different neural pathways AT THE SAME TIME!

First the BIG one of them All – Mnemonics! Remember Every Good Boy Deserves Fun, Food or is it Favour? Here’s helping their students to learn with a lesson on Mnemonics.

Mnemonics are special memory strategies that you can use to increase your ability to remember difficult or unfamiliar information. This video (below the extracts) explains how you can use some common mnemonics to improve your memory.

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On October 27, 2016, some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied our theme, Symbols + Signal

Can we apply all this Brain Power and a New Musical Language to Making Music Fast?

The Dynamite Dyslexix Writes: See YouTube video below. Really good intro – As far as it goes! But not great for the 4 D’s. The music world is struggling to provide the answers to music learning difficulty and disabilities; but the answer is all around us in the art of today EMOJIS + Mnemonics. That’s what I call Musemonics.

brace_music-copyg-girl-dysmusia-logo-copyYouTube: Like an actor’s script, a sheet of music instructs a musician on what to play (the pitch) and when to play it (the rhythm).

Sheet music may look complicated, but once you’ve gotten the hang of a few simple elements like notes, bars and clefs, you’re ready to rock. Tim Hansen hits the instrumental basics you need to read music.

Really Good! Really, really good. Now we are VISUALISING music.
rhythm-on-off-beatsIn standard notation, rhythm is indicated on a musical bar line. But there are other ways to visualize rhythm that can be more intuitive.

John Varney describes the ‘wheel method’ of tracing rhythm and uses it to take us on a musical journey around the world.

Instant Learn Music – In 10 Minutes – But Beware of the Bears!!

Now we can  get INSPIRED as we discover it only takes 10 Minutes but are ‘Grizly Bears the answer to Melody learning (individual notes) v chords on alternative lines and spaces (hence the Mnemonics). He also says ‘Rhythm is NOT that important’ – See the TedEd talk ‘Music on the brain‘ with the Parkinsons sufferer dancing!

treble-clef-visual-stressIn this lesson I cover the important parts of how to read music, including:
– Treble clef pitch (use ‘every – good – boy – deserves – food’ to count up the lines quickly)
– Bass clef pitch (use ‘grizzly – bears – don’t – fear – anything’ to count up the lines quickly)
– Ledger Lines (are added above and below the stave when notes go out of range)
– Sharps, flats and naturals (last for the duration of the bar, and reset at the barline / next bar)
– Dynamics (p = quiet. f = loud)
– Pedal markings
– Practice Techniques (practice sight-reading, as well as notating your own compositions)


The Color Stave – FREE (And MuseScore TOO!) -Thanks for the inspiration Donald Quan and the perseverance Alissa.

The Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: YES! The color stave simply WORKS! Also go to MuseScore LINK (the Open Source color-staff-more-than-one-methodMusic Programme with MILLIONS of free downlaods) who have worked on the problem of BOTH color (colour for us Brits!) notes AND colour (color for the US) staves. Here’s a story of how it works. Add in the rest of Musemonics because WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT and ‘Often you have to try more than one method” to the problem of ‘Visual Stress’, and/or Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysmusia or just too Difficult to learn music –  and yeeehaaaa!

YouTube: Get the sheets for free http://jmp.sh/v/nvZL2q63qeA8DbwmqPOo
The story of how I learned to read sheet music despite dyslexia. A little bit more that did not make it into the video.
color-staff-barriersI have ADHD so sitting for 3 hours a day was often very hard, to cope I would put on T.V shows that provided background noise to keep me sane. Took me 3 seasons of Avatar The Last Air Bender, a few seasons of Doctor Who and a Few seasons of Merlin with in-betweens of other random shows or youtube videos to get me this far. I also really want to thank Donald Quan for helping me and developing this style of sheet music I could not have done it without you !


One and ah two and ah. Beethoven and Maths

How is it that Beethoven, who is celebrated as one of the most significant composers of all time, wrote many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? The answer lies in the math behind his music. Natalya St. Clair employs the “Moonlight Sonata” to illustrate the way Beethoven was able to convey emotion and creativity using the certainty of mathematics.

WOWW! The Pentatonic +  Colour  + Machine Learning  = Up to 25% Learning Success!

multi-modal-memory-improvementThe Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: Just look at the diagram above and the results of a 25%+ uplift in learning. Wow! The clue is in the MUSIC + the COLOR + the SHAPE + the TEXTURE! That’s what I call SticKey Muisc Learning!The implications for music learning are the parallels. I call it Musemonics= Music + Mnemonics.

TedX Talk Marcus Gross Zurich-  Fighting dyslexia with computer science | Markus Gross

Dyslexia is prevalent in approximately 10% of the population of the Western world and it has a severe impact on an individual’s entire life. This talk highlights research that has challenged Dyslexia with the use
of modern methods of computer science. The research, carried out for the past 10 years, at ETH in Zurich, resulted in a multi-modal, computer based training system combining insights from information theory, machine learning, data analytics, and interactive graphics.

Markus Gross is a Professor of Computer Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), head of the Computer Graphics Laboratory, and the Director of Disney Research, Zurich. Before joining Disney, Gross was director of the multi-modal-memory-multi-modal-recodingInstitute of Computational Sciences at ETH. He received a MSC in Electrical and Computer Engineering (1986) and a PhD (1989) in Computer Graphics and Image Analysis, both from Saarland University in Germany. Gross serves on the boards of numerous international research institutes, societies, and governmental organizations. He received the Technical Achievement Award from EUROGRAPHICS in 2010 and the Swiss ICT Champions Award in 2011. He is multi-modal-memory-machine-learninga fellow of the ACM and of the EUROGRAPHICS Association and a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as well as the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2013 he received a Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

How Music Benefits The Brain

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Bunch It Together In Your Brain

Ardon Shorr graduated from Oberlin College majoring in neuroscience and music theory, then taught fencing in Manhattan. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biology at Carnegie Mellon with a research fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Music Teacher Talks

Anita Collins shares how learning music influences our brain development, and what this means for musical education. Anita Collins was handed a clarinet at the age of 9, and it changed her life. This single event dictated her future career as a musician, music educator and academic.


Give Yourself a Break!

“OVERCOMING difficulty is a BEAUTIFUL thing.” Saint Saens Composer

The Dynamic Dyslexic Writes Again: Want to know what it’s like to be Dyslexic? This Ted Talk made me CRY!!!! First the whirling confusion of life then you find out why in the whirling confusion of words, words, words, letters, letters, letters. Awesome. If it only gives you a taste of what it’s like this was me at 12 trying to read music and giving up in a whirlwind of notes literally ‘spinning and jiggling’ on the page. I gave up! So did my daughter after the helpful color dots on her violin (suggested by her music teacher) made no sense to the black (“Really confusing”) notes on the page. See ‘Visual Stress‘ highlighted often throughout Dyslexia and Dysmusia research.

Choreographer Aakash Odedra is dyslexic and has always felt that his best expression comes through movement. “Murmur” is his ode to that experience, teaming up with co-creators Lewis Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab. Watch him spin his way through the center of a storm, as pages of books take flight all around him.