Pick of the Week – 13 November

Posted on: November 14, 2015 in: Pick of the week

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

Why the live arts matter

Our Marketing and PR Manager recently heard a talk by arts guru Ben Cameron, and loved what he was saying. Here is his 2010 TEDx talk on why live arts and performances are so important – as events that establish connections and communities and as ways each person can channel his or her own creativity. We all found it incredibly inspiring and we hope you do too.

The benefits of the ukulele on kids’ attitudes

In Canada, children with behavioural problems have been given group ukulele lessons to improve their behaviour. Results of a study showed that group learning of a musical instrument helped the children to develop sympathy and helpfulness at faster than average rates. Yet another reason music education is such a vital thing!

Why you are always mishearing song lyrics

The New York Magazine’s Science of Us section explores in just two minutes some of the reasons we mishear lyrics, from looking for meaning in senselessness to how our own expectations lead us to hear what we want to hear. It brought to mind this wonderful ‘mishearing’ of ‘O Fortuna’ from Orff’s Carmina Burana
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