Pitch Perfect – by Mike Overly

June 30, 2016

PitchPerfect pitch or absolute pitch is the ability to identify or re-create musical notes and/or chords by ear without the benefit of a reference tone.

Babies are born with nearly 100 billion neurons primed and ready to learn. In the first year of life, the brain explodes with neuronal activity as thousands of new connections are rapidly formed (over 700 new connections per minute!), laying the foundation for experience-based learning, called plasticity. During this time the brain is rich in grey matter, making rapid learning possible. Grey matter increases in volume by 147 percent in just the first year of life alone and peaks around three years of age, only to steadily decline over time. Neural connections that are stimulated thrive while under-stimulated connections are lost. Scientists have dubbed this “use it or lose it” and it is a core component of the Nuryl philosophy.

During this window of heightened brain plasticity, High Information Music™ delivered through the Nuryl app is designed to increase attention span, enhance memory formation, promote language development, and dramatically increase a child’s ability to process information. Research has shown that early music training correlates to advanced language skills with significant enhancements in pitch perception, reading skills, verbal working memory, and pattern recognition. Although music is the catalyst, Nuryl aims to bring other benefits, including enhanced attention span, improved memory, stronger reasoning powers, and a greater predisposition to learn languages. http://www.nuryl.com/2016/05/18/nuryl-is-finally-here/

So, if you have ever wondered what it would be like to have Perfect Pitch… watch Dylan and his Dad in this amazing video!

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Music of the Spheres – by Mike Overly

October 1, 2015

What would it be like in an era when music and astronomy were sister sciences?

According to the ancient Pythagoreans and many later writers, all of nature is a musical scale. Music illuminated the study of astronomy, while astronomy provided a context for understanding music. The study of astronomy, music and mathmatics were deeply related in Galileo’s world. Galileo’s father, Vincenzo Galilei, is credited as one of the founders of the Italian opera and a major contributor to music theory.

In the Earth-centered model of the universe accepted during the Renaissance, a spherical Earth lies in the center surrounded by the regions of earth, water, air and fire. Rotating heavenly spheres, nesting one within the other from the Moon all the way out, carry the planets and stars. As these solid celestial spheres turn in place, their harmonious motions create the music of the spheres from which Johann Kepler formulated the harmonic law of planetary motions.

https://galileo.ou.edu/exhibits/music-of-the-spheres

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