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Does Listening to Music While Doing Homework Affect Your Grade in School?


Music is a powerful art form that can bring up emotions, inspire motivation and alter your mood. Students frequently listen to music while studying to make the process less painful and, in some cases, because they believe music will help them learn. The effects of listening to music while studying are mixed, however, and depend upon the type of music you listen to as well as the degree to which it distracts you.


Music With Lyrics

Music with lyrics activates the language-processing centers of the brain, and the University of Phoenix advises that this can be distracting. Particularly if you're reading or studying subjects within the humanities, the act of processing musical lyrics as you try to process the words you're studying can make studying more challenging. Students who listen to music with lyrics may have more difficulty concentrating and may struggle more to recall the information they've learned.

Instrumental Music

Robin Harwood, et al. point to the "Mozart Effect" in their textbook "Child Psychology." The "Mozart Effect" is the belief that listening to classical music can improve intelligence; it is based upon a single study that was subsequently refuted. Instrumental and classical music won't make you smarter, according to Harwood, et al. But this music can have a relaxing, soothing effect and is less distracting than music with lyrics.

Staying Focused

A 2005 study published in "Psychology of Music" found that workers who listened to music while working had higher productivity than those who didn't. The study's authors speculate that this could be because music boosts mood, improving motivation. Particularly among students who are struggling to remain motivated to complete their work, music might provide a respite from the stress and exhaustion of studying and inspire them to keep at it.

Context-Dependent Learning

People recall information more effectively when they're doing so in the same environment in which they initially learned it, according to the textbook "Educational Psychology." Students who listen to music while studying will be better at recalling the information they've learned if they also listen to music during tests -- an opportunity most students don't have. This might mean that listening to music can make recalling information more challenging, particularly for students who transition from listening to loud music to taking a test in a silent classroom. (Courtesy of Seattle pi)

The Hydraulophone



A hydraulophone is a musical instrument in which sounds are created by flowing water. It's an unusual and interesting device that can be very expressive when played by a skilled musician. The general public can also create music with the instrument. It's fun and easy to play, although a skilled player can produce a wider variety of sounds than a beginner.


In a hydraulophone, water is pumped into a curved, horizontal tube and spurts out of a series of small holes on the top of the tube. There is a sounding mechanism positioned upstream of each hole. If a person places a finger over a hole, the water can be directed past the associated sounding mechanism and diverted to another part of the instrument. Each sounding mechanism creates a different note, allowing music to be played. If more than one hole is covered at the same time, multiple notes can be played simultaneously to create polyphony.


The hydraulophone is played like a keyboard instrument but is actually more closely related to a woodwind instrument. In fact, it’s sometimes called a “woodwater“ instrument.


The water is pumped through the instrument by an electric pump, a water or wind powered pump or a hand pump operated by another person. The water flowing out of the holes is generally collected in a trough to be recirculated.

A variety of sound-producing devices are used in hydraulophones. The diverted jet of water may pass through a valve, a shaft or a spinning disk containing holes in order to make a sound. Some instruments contain a device similar to those found in wind instruments, such as a single or double reed or a fipple. An example of a fipple is the mouthpiece of a recorder.


Hydraulophones are sometimes installed in parks for anyone to use. These generally have twelve holes arranged in a single row and are known as 12-jet diatonic hydraulophones. They have a one and a half octave range, starting on the A below middle C and going up to E. Key valves provide an extended range on some instruments.


More advanced hydraulophones used in concerts have forty-five holes arranged in two rows. They are known as 45-jet chromatic hydraulophones and have a three and a half octave range. (Courtesy of  Spindity)





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How independent musicians can release music on iTunes and Spotify


Online music stores and streaming platforms like iTunes and Spotify are accessed by millions of music fans across the world, offering unsigned musicians the chance to get their tracks out to a global audience and start making money from their music.

Selling your songs online is undoubtedly a fantastic way to earn extra dough from doing something you love. But as an independent musician, without the backing of a major label, how do you release music on iTunes and Spotify as well as other major music platforms?

Getting started selling music online

It’s actually never been easier for unsigned artists to upload their music to the biggest online stores, take control of their own career and start collecting royalties every time someone streams or downloads their tracks. To get started, you’ll need to find a good music distribution company, also known as an aggregator.

A music aggregator will get your tracks into online stores like iTunes and Spotify, and collect your royalties on your behalf. You’ll then be able to withdraw the money you make from sales straight to your bank or PayPal account. However, there are a number of music distribution companies out there, so it’s important to make sure you’re getting the best possible deal before you sign up to a specific service.

Choosing the best music distribution company

What are the important things to look out for when choosing a music aggregator? First of all, make sure you’re getting a good deal on your royalty payments. Some distributors will take a sneaky slice of your royalty earnings, including CD Baby who take 9% of everything you earn. There are, however, aggregators like Ditto Music, whose artists keep 100% of their rights and royalties, and won’t take a penny of your earnings.

Another factor to consider is artist support. Will your aggregator look after you once you’ve signed up? Check to see if there is a support hotline or contact phone number on their website. If not, it could be a sign that the company likes to keep their clients at a distance, which is bad news if you have any problems with your release that needs solving quickly.

The best music distribution companies will give you total control over your music too. That includes the ability the accurately plan and schedule your release, as well as access tools used by major label artists, like iTunes Pre-Release and SMS Keywords, which can make a big difference to your total sales. You should also be able to track your sales and trending data through your aggregator once your music is live in the stores, offering a great way to see where your tracks are making the biggest impact.

Finally, make sure it’s clear how much your music distribution service is going to cost. Honest, upfront pricing is the best sign of a good music aggregator. You may find that smaller music distribution companies have cheaper prices than more established ones, but may also offer a less trustworthy or substandard service, so make sure you’re getting the most for your money.

Take the next step in your music career

Once your music is on iTunes, Spotify and other major online stores, you can simply sit back and watch as your royalties roll in. Selling music online as an independent musician may not make you rich overnight, but it’s always a great feeling to earn extra cash from your passion, and kick-start your music career by releasing tracks to the world’s most popular online stores. (Courtesy of Making Music Mag)




Which airlines are best for musicians travelling with instruments?



The International Federation of Musicians has identified the airlines that give you the most favorable treatment if you are travelling with your instrument.


The FIM ranks airlines green if they permit instruments to be carried in the cabin when they fit in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of the passenger regardless of size, which is the USFAA regulation. Reflecting the repeated problems musicians have encountered in recent times, only 11 airlines make the grade, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Air Brussels and Southwest Airlines.


Airlines that do not comply with USFAA regulations but which have larger size limitations for instruments compared to normal baggage are rated orange, while those applying the same size to instruments and cabin baggage get a thumbs down with a red mark.


By far the majority of airlines surveyed, a total of 79, are ranked red, with 29 getting orange status. Some of the best known in the red category are Air France, Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic.


The IFM cautions that its list offers no guarantee that the best-ranked airlines will accept an instrument. They point out that instruments are only accepted if there is enough room in the cabin and that musicians are advised to get to the gate early. (Courtesy of CMUSE)

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