Benslow Music Courses And Concerts

The Oak Project, with a judging panel including musicians Martyn Ware, Sam Lee, Supriya Nagarajan and poet Zena Edwards, are in search for a piece of original music that tunes into nature – helping to highlight the need for a new relationship with nature and provide vital support for young creative practitioners. A calm and beautiful selection of the most powerful sounds for relaxation. Enjoy 10 hours of peaceful ocean, nature, and meditation sounds. Perfect for various activities including working out, airplane rides, creative work, rest, and motivation.

Lastly, we present the work of Katerina Mazokopaki, a developmental psychologist who is a pianist and teacher of piano playing. She made a study of babies in Crete with her professor, Giannis Kugiumutzakis, an expert in analysis of imitative games with newborns . The babies were left alone in a familiar place at home amusing themselves.

One has to go to a concert, or a church or a musical festival, to recapture the collective excitement and bonding of music. In such a situation, there seems to be an actual binding of nervous systems, the unification of an audience by a veritable ‘neurogamy’ (Sacks, 2006, p. 2528). After the baby is born and seeks intimate communication of all motives with a parent, the affective system remains as the director of learning and appreciation of what is gained by new awareness.

Most astonishing, and dismissed with derision by convinced rational mind-separate-from-body constructivists, was the finding that infants activate the many parts of their body with an exquisite sense of time, and that they can use the rhythms of expression skilfully to imitate in inter-synchrony with attentive responses from an adult . Affect attunement has been defined as qualities of vocal and body gesture that carry meaning in parent–infant communication – it is, “the performance of behaviours that express the quality of feeling of a shared affect state, but without imitating the exact behavioural expression of the inner state” (Stern, 1985, p. 142). This largely unconscious ‘recasting’ of events is necessary to “shift the focus of attention to what is behind the behaviour, to the quality of feeling that is being shared” (Stern, 1985, p. 142). We say the relationship is now one of ‘companionship,’ a word from Latin meaning ‘to break bread with’ and defined here as the wish to be with an other for a mutually beneficial ‘inner’ purpose, apart from reasons of immediate survival, procreation or material gain.

The lists you create will be saved in your account area and you can email it to yourself, your colleague or your client. Soothing, relaxing and meditative sound of the ocean waves lapping the shore with gentle, calming steel tongue drums playing throughout. Making music in nature helps us be in harmony with ourselves, each other and the natural world.

All through the development of children’s singing, repetition and variation, basic tools of any piece of music , are primary features as children explore the possibilities of musical form. Repetition and variation between the vocalizations of infant and caregiver feature from the very first shared vocalizations, regulating feelings in social interactions . Later, the growing child will continue to play with how music can convey affect and change their own and others’ mood, the four-part structure of Introduction, Development, Climax and Resolution, identified above in the structure of a proto-conversation, becoming the basis of large scale musical works, as well as verbal argument . More recognizable musical forms grow with the spontaneous singing of young children as they play alone or with others , practicing their musical craft. The Norwegian musicologist Jon-Roar Bjørkvold collected and studied the songs of 4–7-year-olds in three kindergartens in Oslo.

This ability to discern the right course of action in novel, dynamic situations is precisely the kind of human asset required in today’s rapidly changing world. And musical engagements may, under the right circumstances, nurture this capacity in ways unmatched by any other human endeavour.” (Bowman, 2012, p. 31). The recording of a two-month premature girl with her father, who was holding her under his clothes against his body in ‘kangaroo’ care, shows that they exchange short ‘coo’ sounds, the father imitating her sounds, with precise timing based on a comfortable walking rhythm of andante – one step every 0.7 s. Father and the baby Naseera are equally precise in their timing, which also shows what a phonetician would recognize as a ‘final lengthening’ characteristic of a spoken phrase – when they are ready to stop the dialog the interval lengthens to 0.85 s. Following the shared phrase with its syllable-length durations, they exchange single sounds separated at 4 s intervals, the normal duration of a short spoken phrase.

He observed how they gave voice to emotion, conveyed information, and established relationships through learning and creating their own children’s musical culture. He identified two types of children’s singing – ‘egocentric’ for private pleasure, which, as the child matures, gives way to more social or ‘communicative’ music making. When taking part in a nursery song, infants demonstrate sensitivity for melodic phrase structure, attending to the rhyming vowels at the ends of lines, and by 5 months the infant can vocalize a matching vowel in synchrony with the mother . In spite of very different conventions in musical performances in different communities, a parent, or a child, wanting to share the pleasure of songs and action games with a baby, naturally adopts the intuitive formula of a poetic verse to share a story of body movement.

If you could devote some of your time solely to nature – like looking at the sky, at the way the grass grows, the way the flowers arise, the beginning of autumn, or spring, how the leaves fall, the change of temperature – that would be amazing. I especially enjoyed it during lockdown as I had a lot more time to really dive in and explore and experience nature completely. When life is ‘normal’ and you are always working, you have less opportunity because work takes over and is the main thing that you do. In the wake of his first solo piano album in 20 years, which he says came “naturally” during the stillness of lockdown, Country Living spoke to Ludovico from his home in rural Italy about all things music, nature and wellbeing. Ludovico Einaudi is a world-renowned pianist and composer.