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We presents 30! Yes Thirty (and more to come so keeeep scrolling!) Videos of World Beating and Awe Inspiring Music Education, Research,  Innovation & Inspiring Stories! It’s the ‘Why?’ we need EMOJI-GO!Music – because it’s just so DIFFICULT – for just about EVERYBODY whether or not you have learning or life’s difficulties and disabilities. 

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!


It’s a BLAST! I love this video!

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!

“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.

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.

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 !

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 4 D’s and the BIG WHY….

g-girl-dyslexia-logo-copy…we DESPERATELY need a new way of learning, playing and teaching music,  as I, The Dynamite Dyslexic explode the thinking of traditional music teaching.

g-girl-difficulty-logo-copyWhy? Simply because I needed it for ME! After a lifetime of frustrataion trying to learn music and failing – badly: And my daughter too – she ‘gave up’ trying to be a violinist not able to relate the colour dots her teacher gave her and the black notes on the notation: And my wonderful friend with Asbergers and dyslexia and dyspraxia too as she had tried to learn to paly and failed.

And so too everyone in my 20/80 rule of the 4 D’s of music learning difficulties and disabilities. The 20% who have difficulties like Dyslexia (me), Dyscalculia (me) and the newly discovered Dysmusia (me too!) and most of the 80% who just find it too Difficult.

dyscalculia-testJust too difficult…..is why music learning at school has gone down from 46% to 34% of students from the 80’s to 2008. And so a massive 95% of USA households do NOT have a musical instrument! No wonder. Never mind if you have a learning difficulty.

Why do I care and why set out on this path?

After a lifetime bereft of music learning ability and my daughter distressed at having tor give up violin and friend with Asbergers, it’s PERSONAL; but a LOT more.

Not only are there an estimated percentage of people up to 15% of the population – that’s MILLIONS!-  with (just) Dyslexia, then there is Dyscalculia and (now) Dysmusia, but (my guess) at least 90% of the population who find music just too DIFFICULT!

Even professional musicians like the rock stars who CANNOT read music or only read TAB!

Why can’t I read music – or have to ‘play be ear’ or use TABS for the guitar? Because it is just SO DIFFICULT! But the benefits – to all – like enhanced ability in every sphere of NEURAL ACTIVITY and MENTAL ABILITY are AWESOME!

 Dyscalculia – Your Numbers Up! 3-6% of Us! It’s a problem of Language says the Prof. Numberphile

dyscalculia-5-dotsThe Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: I get numbers all mixed up. I get telephone numbers mixed up.  And when it comes to music look what we have to cope with. LETTERS = ABC to G oF the KEYS …. BUT then they have NUMBERS = NOTES in the keys AND then they have NUMERALS = CHORDS in each Key AND then throw in MODES and GREEK NAMES like Mixolydian which has it’s own NUMBERS and NUMERALS….Eeeeek!
stickey-music-dyscalculia-5-dotsWhat’s the answer?? Here’s my Musemonics answer with Smileys! Plus the proof with what Prof. Brian Butterworth says. For people not good at enumerating the number of objects need to TARGET the WEAKNESS with lots of practice with enumerating sets linking that enumeration the SYMBOLS (n.b. because that is what they only are – symbols – not the ACTUAL number) that we use like the WORD FIVE and the DIGIT 5 (and what about the ROMAN NUMERAL V = Root key number 5 = The V Chord = Major V = Perfect 5th!!). Find out more with EMOJI-SUUJI – EMOJI – NUMBERS.

dyscalculia-testAn expert on on cognitive neuropsychology speaks to us about his research on the seldom-discussed “dyslexia for numbers”. Professor Brian Butterworth is based at University College London.

Dyscalculia is a learning disability involving mathematics and numbers.

More From The Cognitive Neuropsychologist.

Your brain seems to treat numbers and words very differently (even if the number is written as a word!). So says cognitive neuropsychologist Brian Butterworth.

Hear From A 1 in 20 Who Has Dyscalculia! Have you even HEARD of it????

dyscalculai-line-rothmmanThe percentage of the population with developmental dyscalculia is estimated to be between 3­6 percent, or one in twenty individuals,” says Line Rothmann, and she is one of them. As a dyscalculic, she has difficulty understanding anything and everything math related. Her talk offers a glimpse into her reality and all the quirky systems she developed to get on in a world that is largely based on numbers and calculations. From her story we learn how our disabilities, small or big, can become our strengths.

Line Rothman is a recent graduate from the creative business and design school Kaospilot, Aarhus, Denmark. What is it like to live in a world where the mere concept of time does not exist? Line Rothmann has dyscalculia, a disability in math and anything math-related. She has absolutely no sense in time and timing. She will tell about her quirky systems on how she navigates through the world and everyday life, how her disability is her source of strength, frustrations and tears.

Think In Pictures!! Wherever you are on the Spectrum!

successful-mindsThe Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: Go to 6min 45 Seconds if you are in a rush (but you will miss a lot of fun!) Pattern thinkers = MUSICIANS!! And she says that includes a lot of Dyslexics.

Ted Talks – Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

It’s Time To Learn From Bacon Boy!From A Child Prodigy

bacon-boyThe Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: I’ve NEVER Grown Up! Yet no-one could teach me THE most important way to developp not just my music brain but my brain – period (or full stop in the UK!). So when a child says ‘I can’t’ it may just be that they can’t.. or you aren’t listening. I’ve put this in as a bit of fun. And to really ‘justify’ my ‘childish’ thinking that SticKey-Music is a much for BIG kids as little ones! Compare ‘Bacon Boy’ here to Stikey-Music ‘On-Line Bravo Boy’ and ‘Space Girl Grace’.  So be ‘childish’ or is it ‘child-like’ about using pictures and colour and EMOJIS to learn music – no matter how old you are. It might just stop wars – see Adora!

Ted Talk: Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

aditi-ted-talk1 in 6 Childrten Suffer From Developmental Disorder.Yes 1 in 6!!!

The Dynamic Dyslexic Writes: It’s incredible how different we all are. It’s all in the brain not just in the mind! This talk is on specific issues revealed by Harvard University breakthrough technique of real time monitoring. I include it to show how each situation may be different but nore to show the huge variety and depth of difficulties and disabilites.

Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass knew that we should be looking directly at their brains. She explains how a remarkable EEG device has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children’s lives.

The BAD News on Music Learning Difficulty and Disabilities

multi-modal-memory-improvementQuick story first. I went into Blackwells ( in Oxford to their very big music department. Is there anything much on music learning difficulties? NO! Sticky ABC (boring in black type) to stick on keys. One very buried deep book on colour music for young kids. Theory books on music with no references to ‘Dyslexia’ of learning difficulty.

The GOOD News on Music Learning Difficulty and Disabilities