Music Lessons Are For Everyone

To become proficient on any instrument, consider taking music lessons. Everyone has a different goal for taking instruction, and these should be communicated clearly to the instructor at the outset. Adult and children can benefit from the guidance of a qualified, experienced professional. Instruction is available for almost any existing instrument including voice. Students should consider both private and group instruction depending on their goals.

Children are often first exposed to live instruments and group singing at preschool age. While four and five year-olds are certainly capable of expressing themselves musically, they typically do not benefit from private lessons until they are at least five or six. However, they do tend to thrive in group instruction. Starting a child too soon can result in resentment and a future resistance to learning an instrument. Adults can begin learning at any age so long as they have the discipline and want to practice and learn.

Instruments such as the guitar, bass, drums, or piano are usually available through local private instructors or instrument stores. Vocal coaches can typically be contacted via the local choir director or instrument store as well. For band instruments such as wind, brass, or symphonic percussion, it may be necessary to seek instruction through a local public school band director, or university professor. Vocal coaches usually advertise in local colleges as well.

Most public schools offer classes such as band and choir which offers group instruction. Bands typically involve traditional wind, brass, and percussion instruments, and some schools offer jazz ensemble classes where students can learn to play instruments in a smaller group setting. Choirs also give an environment where students can learn vocal techniques and group performance. Many schools also make private tutoring available to students.

Stringed instruments such as the violin, cello, bass, or viola must discipline and a robust learning environment. Instructors can often be found through a music store or local band and orchestra directors. Some children have shown great skill with stringed instruments at very young ages, so it is important to work with a tutor to decide the child’s interest and level of ability before committing to regular sessions. Some stringed instruments are too large for small children, so take their size into account.

Most voice coaches prefer that vocal students be at least ten years old. Development issues such as size of the child’s lungs and changes in the vocal chords can largely affect the child’s ability to help from instruction at younger ages. Proper breathing techniques are also imperative for successful vocal coaching, and older children are typically more capable of meeting the physical requirements.

Any instrument can be learned privately or with a group. Private lessons usually occur at home or at the teacher’s home. This often proves more convenient in terms of time and scheduling as it allows some flexibility and permits the learner to progress at their own pace. Group instruction has its advantages as well. Peer encouragement and group practice provides a more life playing or …

3 Ways to Ensure Your Success in College Through Effective Home Time Management

Life Will not Stop Because You Need to Study!

Because of that, while there are many things you can do to make life easier while you're in college, getting your home under control will be one of the main ones. And that's especially true for nontraditional students. This article highlights 3 ways to ensure your success in college with effective home time management.

1.) Make Time for Studying / Research / Projects

Even though you have midterms coming up … let's face it … kids need help with homework, jelly needs mopped up off the floor, and laundry still needs washed (it's OK to look like you've been studying all week, but please do not smell like it). Not to mention these people expect food multiple times each day.

So, here's what I did … at the beginning of each semester I would take all of my syllabi and record all assignments, tests, and quizzes into my handy-dandy planner on both the monthly and weekly portions. That cave me, at a glance, a good look at what I had coming up for the following week and month.

With this information I could plan meals, housecleaning, and time with kids so that I got done what I needed to get done while ensuring I had adequate time for studying.

For instance, the Sunday before midterm week I may make a big pot of spaghetti sauce then plan menus for that week such as:

· Monday: Leftover spaghetti

· Tuesday: Lasagna (made ahead on Sunday)

· Wednesday: Leftover Lasagna

· Thursday: Shepherd's Pie (How long does it take to boil potatoes?)

· Friday: Chicken Parmesan (Crockpot)

· Sat: Pizza and vegging out on couch … cause I deserve it

Think about how much time that planning saved me … time that could then be redirected towards the major goal that week … Midterms.

2.) Make Time for Family

There are not a whole lot of things that can derail determination like guilt can.

Picture this … you've planned all week long to use Saturday to catch up on your studying. Saturday morning, however, Harmony wakes up and decides she wants more than anything else in the whole wide world to go to the park today … as a matter of fact, her life will be over if she can not. You … knowing you really need to study … do the responsible thing and say "No." This leads to intestinal guilt which not only lasts with you but magnifies to the point where you're not getting any studying accomplished anyway so you decide to go ahead and take Harmony to the park.

One way to make sure that this does not happen is to … again … look at the week ahead. You should be able to get a clear picture all that life will be throwing your way in the next 7 days. If it would help you while learning this new technique get … and make sure to use … …

Psychiatry is Junk Science

FACT versus OPINION

A FACT is something that can be proven to exist by visible evidence.

An OPINION is something which may or may not be based on any FACTS.

A Belief or Conclusion is based on what one thinks rather than on what is proven or known to be true.

Using these definitions is important when considering the psychiatric drugs used on our citizens.

FIRST HAND DATA

From the original source.

SECOND HAND DATA

Not obtained from the original source; Borrowed.

THIRD HAND DATA

Derived, as information, from the second after the original or primary source; hence, stale. Also, of questionable reliability.

SCIENCE

An organized body of knowledge which, proceeding from certain definite axioms (laws or rules), is able to predict knowledge. It does not have variables in it.

Science is the systematically arranged knowledge of the material world gathered in a four step process:

1) Observation of phenomena;

2) Collection of data;

3) Creation of a theory by inductive reasoning [ie reasoning from the facts to a general rule or principal; from Latin inducee introduce, imply, persuade,

4) Testing the theory by repeated observation and controlled experiments. And it is workable and invariably right.

Margaret Hagen, Ph.D., a psychologist and lecturer at Boston University, says these are some of the key criteria for a science:

"The finds discovered through observation in one laboratory must be replicable in another laboratory. Data measured and collected by one instrument must be the same as data collected by another similar instrument. repeatable results. "

JUNK SCIENCE

According to Peter Huber, author of Galileo's Revenge: Junk Science in the Court Room:

"Junk science is the mirror image of real science, with much of the same form but none of the same substance …. It is a hodgepodge of biased data, spurious inference, and logical legerdemain [trickery], patched together by researchers who enthusiasm for discovery and diagnosis far outstrips their skill. It is a catalog of every conceivable kind of error: data dredging, wishful thinking … and, now and again, outright fraud. "

Paula Caplan, Ph.D., author of Manufacturing Victims:

"What is now called 'psychology' is … 'junk science' …. As disquieting as this may be, in the psychology industry, scientific principals are violated, research is ignored and, in some cases, data are misrepresented or even fabricated to fit the need. "

DISEASE versus DISORDER

DISEASE: In medicine, strict criteria exist for calling a condition a disease. In addition to a foreseeable group of symptoms, the cause of the symptoms or some understanding of their physiology [functions and activities] must be established. This knowledge elevates a diagnosis to the status of a disease.

A "fever" is not a disease, it is mere a symptom.

Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted from an infected to an uninfected individual by the bite of a particular mosquito. Its symptoms include periodic chills and fever. These coincide with mass destruction of blood cells and the release of toxic substances by the parasite, which …

Job Search Stalled? 5 Ways to Keep Your References From Killing Your Career

You're changing jobs. You know you'll need references for your next career move. You've done a great job so you should not worry about getting a reference – right?

Wrong.

References can sabotage even the most sophisticated, well-executed job search. Sometimes you can lose an opportunity when your reference thinks he's helping you out 100%.

Here are 5 ways to make your references work for you, not against you.

(1) Skip the 'To Whom It May Concern' letters.

Clients often tell me their well-meaning bosses offered to write a 'To Whom It May Concern' letter on your behalf. These letters used to be common 20 or 30 years ago.

Today, corporate employers rarely pay attention to these letters. In fact, often hiring managers will be skeptical about any written correspondence.

Let's face it: employers tend to be conscious of lawsuits. They prefer phone calls that are not recorded. When they need a letter, they supply their own forms and they prefer letters sent directly to them.

You will find exceptions in some industries. For example, university professors and administrators typically submit three letters of reference with each application. Often these references will be delivered directly to the hiring department.

(2) Research the way your present boss answers a request: "Can you supply a reference for John?"

Ask fellow employees about their experiences. You might even get a friend to call on your behalf or hire a reference checking service. Expect surprises.

Some well-meaning managers avoid giving anyone a glowing recommendation. 'Nobody is that great,' they say. 'I want to be honest.'

But of course everyone else exaggerates and your reference's well-intentioned honesty will place you at a disadvantage.

Other references are just clueless. My college 'Nick' genially wanted me to get a great opportunity when he wrote a letter for me. But he added a line suggesting I might be 'something eccentric.' I was applying for administrative positions in universities, which tend to be fairly conservative.

I had no idea what was going on and wondered why I was not getting more invitations to interview. One day an interview committee member asked me, 'What on earth does he mean?'

'We are friends,' I said, truthfully, and reached for the phone.

Nick was completely baffled ('I mean it as a compliment') but he agreed to revise his letters so I would sound like the well qualified, experienced, and highly professional candidate I was.

(2) Before supplying names, obtain permission (and be sure they are still available).

You come to the moment of truth in your job search. Your future boss says, 'I am impressed with what I've seen. May I call a few references? '

To prepare for this moment, get permission to give out names. And take the extra step: Find out what happens next.

Your boss may be required to refer all calls to Human Resources. Or she may be moving to a new career and you are part of the past she wants to forget.

When I taught …

Experience Of A Lifetime – Wikipedia, Almeda University And Mutual Funds

Almeda University. A university which offers life experience degrees – contra degrees, I’d say. Eligible candidates are those who do not have a ‘regular’ degree. Eligible candidates are those who are well above the ‘regular’ age of schooling – between 35 and 54. Eligible candidates are those who have a certain level of practical experience. Not everyone satisfies these conditions.

Wikipedia

Wikipedia. We all have heard about it. We all have browsed through its pages. We all are aware of its so called ‘encyclopedic’ status. Amidst all the hoopla, we tend to forget what a wiki is.

A wiki is a dynamic interactive website in the sense that it lets users add, delete, and modify the content. Wikipedia is the most famous example of a wiki; the site registering huge amounts of hits daily and continuous churning of content on the pages. Users add and delete and modify the content on the Wikipedia pages upon their free will. Such is the power of a wiki.

Mutual Funds

Mutual funds. We all invest our money in them. There are two basic directions a mutual fund takes. It may invest the funds in a business which is growing right now – not caring for the long term effects. It may go with the market. Or it may choose to go *contrary* to the market direction, that is, bank its money in a tried and tested business, so what if the business is underperforming now – long term gains are assured.

The Relation

What is the relation between mutual funds, Almeda University, and Wikipedia, you may ask? The answer is pretty simple.

In life, we choose to go either way – tried and tested, with everyone, or we make our own paths. Either we follow or we lead. When we follow, nobody blames us, when we go a different path, voices start emerging.

It is a natural human trait to feel endangered when someone attempts to violate the standard. It is a natural trait to complain, to find ways to thwart the attempt to break away.

The relation between Almeda University, Wikipedia and Mutual Funds is that like the contra mutual funds, which take a path opposite to the regular funds, Almeda University is a brave attempt to break the shackles of our present-day educational qualification system, and Wikipedia is the massive crowd aiming at thwarting the successful attempt of Almeda.

How: The Concept of Life Experience

Two words – life and experience. A child is born, he grows up a little, is sent to school. When the time to choose a college comes, there are a lot of families who can not afford the exorbitant tuition fees of the colleges, and thus, stay without a degree and get a job somewhere.

Now, this creates a stagnation of sorts. Those well-affluent, who have the money, send their wards to colleges, and the colleges hand them a paper at the end of the term (4 years) declaring that they are now fit to do …

Educational Options Provided By Technical Colleges

Not everyone is cut out for a college education or has the financial means to attend degree based courses. Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are looking for an alternative solution. With less strict entry requirements, you can find a course of interest without the need to have an exemplary SAT score. The type of courses on offer are diverse and can provide a rewarding, challenging and well paid career. With the ability to attend local or community based colleges, undertaking education does not have to burn a hole in your wallet or leave you devoid of opportunities.

Technical courses are an ideal option for individuals who are just starting out, trying to build bridging credits or retraining for a new career. Courses are typically run with smaller class attendance levels and do not take as long to complete. With flexible class attendance options, you can find a local based college to cut down travel time, avoid the need to fit expensive accommodation bills and work out a solution that fits your individual needs.

How does one determine the types of courses on offer? You can do a web search to determine which campuses are located close to your town. You can then request a free information pack or peruse the range of courses on offer which are usually outlined on the corresponding website. Each course will have separate entry requirements so you need to determine whether enrolment can be done immediately or you are required to undertake an aptitude test. For applicants that require financial assistance, the college financial officer can outline the range of loan and government programs that can be investigated for funding solutions.

The staff that conduct college courses are familiar with background learning material and can relate with real world practical experience. In some courses, such as cooking, students receive one on one training and are subject to live simulated environments in preparation for real world working conditions. Many industry bodies and local businesses actively support and recruit from technical colleges. In some cases, apprenticeships are sponsored by employers who support skill development or partially subsidize further education and skill development. Find out more about your options today by concluding a search for a technical college near you. …