Category Archives: musication.nyc

How to Incorporate Music Into Home/Pod/Boots-on-the-Ground Schooling this Fall

It’s still the peak of summer, and a lovely, sticky 98 degrees outside in NYC, but you have probably been wondering what your fall is going to look like. It’s not an easy question. Will you be homeschooling? Pod-schooling? Braving the boots-on-the-ground schooling? The uncertainty around the fall and what we are all supposed to […]

Celebrating Black Lives, Music & Excellence

I don’t have many words of wisdom or comfort in these trying times we find ourselves in. Mainly I’m filled with questions: How do we enact lasting change so that we don’t have to confront these egregious racist actions on a daily basis, even during a national lockdown? How do we heal? How do we […]

Building Community and Resisting Isolation Through Music

As we grow more and more isolated, each of us enveloped in our own social media, entertainment, political and work bubbles, we get more and more depressed, disconnected, and prone to conflict. It’s now common knowledge that social media, the technology ostensibly developed to “bring people closer together,” in fact alienates people from each other. […]

Molding Minds: Music in the Early Childhood Classroom

If you’ve ever had any involvement with preschools–whether as a teacher, a parent, or even if you can reach back all those years to your own preschool experience–you’ve probably realized just how big a role music plays in the classroom. From greeting children in the mornings and sending them off in the afternoons, to signaling […]

Communicating Beyond the Disease: Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the US, although some studies suggest it may even come in third. The Centers for Disease Control ranked Parkinson’s the fourteenth cause of death. And dementia more broadly and other neuro-degenerative diseases affect more than 4.5 million people […]

The Universal Language of Humankind: The Importance of Music in Society

Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music, declares that music is woven into the fabric of society, and that any time humans come together for any reason, music is there. “Understanding why we like music and what draws us to it,” he writes, “is therefore a window on the essence of human nature…” In […]

Music as Panacea: Music Therapy’s Myriad Applications & Benefits

As many of our other blog posts have shown, there is something truly magical about music: whether you are creating it, listening to it, dancing to it or simply playing it in the background while you’re doing other things, music activates your brain, forcing you to focus, make connections, let go of stress, regulate your […]

Music & Math

music and math

Have you ever noticed that many great musicians or composers are also mathematically inclined–and vice versa? Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Herbie Hancock, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane. At first, music and math might seem like the two farthest disciplines from each other: in math, there is one right answer and not much of the human […]

When Words Fail: Music Education for Children With Special Needs

When Words Fail: Music Education for Children With Special Needs

Have you ever heard Joni Mitchell warble on your record player and felt deeply understood? Have you ever listened to an aching cello fill a recital hall with Bach and realized fundamental truths about the world? Have you ever sat at a piano and been able to say things with your fingers moving deftly over the keys that […]