2 Year Old Choreographs Dance

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The future looks bright!

All over the globe young people are surprising the world with amazing talent and dedicated concern for the well-being of the whole. In this post we get a stunning view of the artistic potential we can all look forward to in the days ahead. The official music video for Sia’s Chandelier features an emotional routine performed by an 11-year old, while in the video below Zaya, a 2-year old toddler, shows off her own choreographed dance. Enjoy!

The New ‘Phenomenon’ of Rap

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In a 20/20 report from 1981 ABC correspondent Steve Fox investigates a new “phenomenon” of “sexy, energetic music” that’s “from the street, heard on the streets.” Instead of ridicule or criticism for the new style of music now known as rap, Fox dives into its historical origins—citing everything from the call-and-response tradition of Black churches to the hypnotic funk of iconic 60′s soul singer James Brown.

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Music On The Brain

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According to a new study learning to sing or play a musical instrument can help strengthen reading and language skills among disadvantaged children. The research, which involved hundreds of kids in Chicago and Los Angeles public schools, sheds light the effect music has on the brain.

“While more affluent students do better in school than children from lower income backgrounds, we are finding that musical training can alter the nervous system to create a better learner and help offset this academic gap.”

A recent TED-ED Talk explores another aspect of how music works on the brain, this time through the “exposure effect.”

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