MUSIC: THE VOICE OF THE SOUL
Why is music so important?
Music has existed for millenia. Since time immemorial man has sung , danced to and made music in every civilization, in all corners of the world. It is a big part of every area of our lives, from religion to entertainment, commerce to education. For most people, just a fragment of music can be a powerful reminder of a specific moment in one's life. We would find it very hard in today's digital world to even imagine a world devoid of music. So why does music play such a large part in our lives? Below are links to various scientific studies that have attempted to answer this very question.
Sounds of Music in the Cerebellum
by Dan Ferber
These two scientific studies looked at the effect that music has on the brain.They found that the part of the brain that controls our balance also helps us to hear rhythms in music. They also found that learning to play an instrument actually causes long term physical changes to the make-up of the brain, leading to extra nerve growth and a larger cerebellum.
Musical training: its effects on cognitive development
by Ewa A. Miendlarzewska and Wiebke J. Trost
This article looks at a large body of studies demonstrating that the benefits of musical training on children include; a better verbal memory, improved second language pronunciation and better reading ability. Learning an instrument gives a solid foundation for a range of other skills, and enhances cognitive development.
Effects of music learning on mood and quality of life
by Sofia Seinfeld, Heidi Figueroa, and Maria V. Sanchez-Vives
This article looks at the effects of playing a musical instrument on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults. In addition to a range of other effects, it was found that taking lessons on a musical instrument decreased depression, induced positive mood states, and improved psychological and physical well being.
Ambrosia for the Soul
MUSICA EST VIA
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be truer. Over the decades Jessica Webster has earned a reputation as a talented musician and skillful performer. From live recitals to studio sessions and chamber music, she continues to touch audiences around the world with her distinct style. Jessica also teaches both in schools and privately, composes original music, and performs regularly both as a soloist and in larger ensembles in the South of the UK. To contact Jessica, please click here.
For Sr Arlette.
Inspired by Anna, Fynn and the Black Knight.
Original Music by Jessica Webster.
Original Photography by Mark Adams.
Music to elevate the Soul
Music has the power to transport us to another time and place, to delight and entertain us, and to gently soothe and relax. Jessica endeavours to harness that power with music from a variety of musical traditions. Through performances, compositions and teaching she aims to enable others to experience the power of music for themselves. She studied at Chetham's School of Music and Trinity College of Music, and now teaches in the Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire areas.
Godalming Music Festival 2017
Godalming Music Festival 2017 showcases local performing talent in three categories, Dance, Speech and Music. Congratulations to Ellu Hu for her success in the Wind Recital up to Year 11 Class. She shares the Festival Cup for Wind with Jessica Webster (her teacher) who won the Open Recital Class this year.