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Lifelong Music Making

Why make music?

Fabulous TEDx explanation!

1. Experience the rapture of being alive!

95-yr-old Tony Bennett who has Alzheimer'sChild's book, MortimerSoothes baby to sleep. Cup song. First Nation's Cup Song. NJ Girls ChoirEmotion in a babyWhat a Wonderful WorldMile of MusicPitch Perfect Cup Song. PS 22 in NYCA Happy LifeIn the car"Don't fake it, feel it". Salut SalonThe Really Terrible OrchestraLittle Sally WalkerChina's Got Talent. Britain's Got TalentBritain's Got TalentKorea's Got TalentSay Ladeo5 Piano GuysAthlete musiciansDetroit Body Music. El Sistema13,500 singing in London! & response & highlightsHaitiPresident Obama5th gradersBoys don't singPrison songbirdsLA HS. Wizard of OzCrayolaVirtual choirEric Whitacker. CloudburstImprovBus driverBus driver2FriendsAdult bandAspiring opera singersPlayingforChangeSix-hands. Total Eclipse of the Heart. Adult beginnersThe Great Whistle-offFollow your passionSinging in the RainTechno-playing. Necessity of singing. Rock 'n' Read Project. Sousa marches.

2. Activate your brain!
What if all children made music every day? Music making compared with listeningSinging Changes Your BrainMike HuckabeeNewborn babies. Your Brain on Improv. Neurologist Aniruddh Patel. Brain Opera/Guitar HeroBrain & achievement. Music and emotion in the brain. Music therapy. Neuroscientist Adele Diamond. Neurosicentist Nina Kraus.

3. Boost vitality, health, and longevity!
Oldest person surviving the Holocaust93-year old guitarist96-year-old grandmaOver 90 and loving it. At 99-oldest Barbershop singerA "Man Band"Britain's Got TalentYoung@HeartHarmonica ManMayo ClinicNurse anesthesiologists. 93-yr-old conductorOdetta - Music Has Power AwardsKirtan chanting.

4. Heal!
Gabby Giffords2In hospitalMusic as therapyMusic reactivates a brainAutism and music makingSinging after double lung transplantThe Choir with No NameSinging for the brain--dementiaStroke patient relearns how to talkAbout stroke & singing. Giving Voice Choir for Alzheimer'sIpods for Alzheimer'sHenry Parkinson's. Parkinson's gait trainingMusic making for healingDrummingFrequenciesSound healing.

5. Develop your music intelligence!
Poems with toddlers. Dudamel: Let the Children PlayDown, Down, BabyBaby singing with momBaby singing with dadBaby matching pitchSinging with your babyBody Music3-yr-old conductorMinnesota TwinsHey, JudePlayground gamesNative AmericanNorwegian Saami yoikingSacred harp singingPolynesianKenyan childrenAustralian aboriginal songTuvan throat singingHow-to sing--Bobby McFerrinKids composingSinging as a careerCongenital amusia-inability to process music.

6. It's a human right!
Instruments from trash-ParaguayMusicCorpsEngland's Sing UpMore Sing Up. NYC Voice Charter School. Sidney Lanier SchoolMusic Saves Venezuela's Children6th grade boys (watch to the end)All cultures. 5th GradePS22 ChorusPatrick Henry Hughes. Wild Things BandDrumlineNational Anthem singerWhy music instruction for every child in schools?

7. Keep spirit alive!
Firefighters calm child. Tibet in SongGospel for TeensThe Rap DocNew Afghan music schoolsThey Played for Their LivesSongs of Defiance. President ObamaWe Shall Overcome historysongPete Seeger's 90th birthdayThe Singing RevolutionPublic protest. Education Protest.

8. Be human!
Humans are the only species that creates music.

Music and the BrainThrough a Dog's EarBedtime for PuppiesSnowball, a cockatooGroucho, a parrotMusic and human evolutionJazz for cows. Ronan, a seal. Thai Elephant Orchestra.

9. Strengthen community!
VenezuelaLatviaChinese music in the parkSing-alongs20 pianos in the streetsYoung womenElders' Wisdom: Children’s SongU.S.A. national anthemCanada's national anthemGreek hockey teamChorusFolk songs teach history.

10. Raise reading and math achievement!
Rock 'n' Read ProjectPlanetRead in IndiaSinging+tech boost readingDrum patterns and math. Brain researchMinneapolis News. Education through MusicA Case for Music Education.

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