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Music’s biggest impact!

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Photo from unsplash by Bruce

Have you ever wondered why you or your friend like a certain song or artist, well today we will be discussing a few reasons why we select the music we do. Some reasons people select the music they do is because it is something one may be going through or has went through and can relate to what the artist is saying. Another reason one may select a certain song or topic of music to listen to is because they may want to know that lifestyle. Some people also select certain topics or songs for reinforcement. The last reason that we will discuss in this blog is because one may feel a certain artist, song or song topic understand or describes them.

The first reason mentioned had to do with what one may be going through, went through or can relate to. We all go through different things in life, whether it is bad or good. During that time there are always those songs that totally state your situation, or atleast a good amount of it. It may cause you to cry it out, but it helps you get over the situation. When you can relate to a song it draws you to it because it includes you, and it means something to you. Therefore seeing this as helpful to yourself you are more likely to listen to that song again, or to listen to that artist more often and even listen to songs that talk about that certain topic as well. We at Ryan Ace Music tested this idea out by posting a question and answer on Instagram, in which ones could respond to. The question stated “Why do you choose the music you choose to listen to?” One of those responses were “because I can relate to it.” We will mention more of the responses I received throughout this article.

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photo from unsplash by Lechon Kirb

Second, people select certain songs for reinforcement. We know your wondering, “what do they mean by that?” Well let us explain. We all go through tough situations, but when we go through those things we all have that one song that comes to mind to help us through it. For example, we all know that one friend that refuses to leave their significant other alone no matter how toxic the relationship becomes, but why? They all have their own reasons, but we won’t get into that. Despite their friend’s telling them they should leave, after they ask for their advice, there’s always that one song that says pretty much what we said, but they must sound better singing or rapping it out to them. These are the songs we consider reinforcement. It helps remind the person what their going through and it can even muster up ones courage to get themselves out of a toxic situation.

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Photo from unsplash by Travis Yewell

The third topic I mentioned was that one may want to know what ones lifestyle is like. This itself has several topics within it because one may use this type of music to feel as though they are in that person’s situation to escape their own problems. Another reason is because their life may seem a bit more energized and fun, because they can buy anything they would like, travel anywhere and may have way more free time, let alone they are living their dream, and therefore it gets you excited and positive about life and feeling that this will be you one day. One other reason, within this type of reason for listening to music, is to really view things from a different side or to really know what its like to live that lifestyle, it may even influence changes you make within your own life. Also in this specific reason for listening to music it is the reason you will see a bus load of people at a party jumping around knowing all the lyrics to a song that does not describe them at all, but it allows you to feel as though you are living in their life in that moment. A response we got on our Question and answer that we put on Instagram stated “it makes you feel like you’re apart of that person’s life and the vibe catches you.”

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The Last point we will mention in this blog is that one may feel a certain artist, song or song topic understands or describes them. This kind of goes into the songs you can relate to, but it gets its own category because not only do people want to be able to relate to music, but people want to be understood, and when you don’t feel like you are in your day to day life, you may enjoy listening to music or artist that seem to be feeling misunderstood as well. It helps you to feel understood because you are not the only one misunderstood, but they tend to explain what they mean by this in there songs, and that alone may be the same reasons you feel people misunderstand you in life as well. One stated “it’s about the feeling for me” in response to my Q&A on Instagram.

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A few people that responded to my Q&A on Instagram mentioned that the reason they pick the music they do is based on the vibe of the song, which we did not mention in this blog, because it will be put into its own blog, you’ll just have to stay tuned in every week to hear more.

There are many reasons we all listen to the music we do, whether we want to say so or not, and as there are many reasons we listen to the music we do, many pieces play a part in that, but today we were able to focus on the emotional or more personal side to that.

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picture from unsplash by Samuel Zeller

We hope you enjoyed this blog! If you did give a like and share, as well as comment the reasons you feel people listen and choose the music they choose. If you agree with the points mentioned in the blog tell us which categories the music you choose is in.

Behind the music

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Today we will be discussing a very important role in music today, songwriters. As well as giving them credit. Today we are able to enjoy multiple genres of great music, but one of the biggest reasons we choose the music we choose is because of the words in the song or message.

A big part of these words/message created through the song are because of the writers. The job of a songwriter is to write certain parts for songs for an artist to record, it is often seen as someone eles ideas or suggestions that would make the song sound better, so they help come up with ideas for the song and help complete a song for an artist. Song writers receive credit as an author, can receive awards and royalties from the success of the songs that they write.

Another type of writer is a ghost writer. A ghost writer, writes entire songs for someone else who is named author, which is why they are considered a ghost. When hired every song written by the ghostwriter is considered the artist’s song. This often becomes a big part of an artist’s career and music when they blow up and are constantly on tour. Artist often don’t have much free time to write so they hire a Ghostwriter. It is often discredited because one is expected to write their own song, especially a rapper; so when all their songs blow up and it’s all because of their ghost writer it seems as though the artist isn't as good as we think, people see them as an actor/actress rather than an rapper or artist. Ghost writers are not credited as a writer on the song, which makes them ineligible for any awards, and they only receive a one-time payment instead of royalties.

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As we can see songwriters are a very important part of the music we hear today, we really have to take time to appreciate our songwriters, and it is great to know that if you don’t actually want to perform music but still love making music you too can still be apart of the music heard worldwide today!

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(For more information check out djbooths article)

Is J-Cole a conscious Rapper?

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This question often arose in the young adults early stage of fame. It was after his first song to truly blow him up “who dat” that aired on BET. It was after this event took, place that everyone turned there attention to J-Cole. Not long after he took the spotlight people started to say he was a conscious rapper. Conscious rap is a subgenre of hip-hop in which artist raise awareness as well as imparting knowledge. He did not like that people were trying to call him this. As for one conscious rappers were looked down upon, but what bothered him the most was that he felt he was not a conscious rapper. He saw his rapping as what he thinks about, things that bother him about society today or just people in general including famous people, he was just sharing his thoughts and from there people can take what they want from it.

So back to the main question is J-cole a conscious rapper? Most of that is based on what qualifies a person for such a category in your opinion, but at the end of the day music is art and just like a museum you go there to observe art and take what you see from it. In the case of music done by a artist, it is normally them expressing how they feel or what they’re going through at that time, and that itself should not qualify a person’s music for such a category. Instead one should appreciate the art and see if they’re is something that they can take from it.

Chipotle Fundraiser

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Calling all Chipotle lovers to come dine and support Ryan Ace Music on August 8th between 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Sanford Chipotle location. To participate in our fundraiser, only in-store purchases will count. Upon ordering your food, just make sure you show the fundraiser flyer, or mention that you're with the Ryan Ace Music's fundraiser BEFORE payment and 33% of your total will be donated to our foundation. 

All proceeds will go towards helping make sure every child with a musical interest receives equal opportunity to take part in the services that we offer here at Ryan Ace Music. 

This will be another unforgettable fundraiser, so you don't want to miss it! You can RSVP by clicking the button below.

Instagram's Newest Music Feauture

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Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

If you're an active Instagram user, you might be elated to know that the company has made it possible for users to add music to their Instagram stories. This was due to the company making deals with numerous record labels, giving them the permission to pass this feature over to users. It is available in select countries, such as Australia, France, Sweden, Germany, the UK, New Zealand, and the U.S. 

There's an entire library of songs users can choose from upon uploading their content. You can locate this under the "add to story" feature where you will then either take a photo or video and then at the bottom of the screen to your left you will see an option that says music. After clicking on the music icon, you will be shown a list of top songs to choose from, as well as a search bar if you have a particular song in mind you wish to use. After choosing the song, it will automatically be added to your story, along with the option to trim/cut the song to your liking.

All of your favorite summer hits can be found with this latest Insta music feature! If you haven't already, check it out now to upgrade your Insta stories!

 

The Impact of Music on Little Ears

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Many studies over the years have shown that it is never too early to introduce your child to music. Regardless of whether he or she truly comprehends the music being played, simply listening has been reported to reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and sharpen memory and mental alertness- according to an article written by Katie Gagnon.   

While all of these benefits stand true no matter what age, it is said to be more distinguished among young children with developing brains. These long-term benefits that can take effect include, "improved language development, enhanced motor skills, better social skills, higher IQs, increased concentration and basic memory recall" (Katie Gagnon, May 2018). If you would like to see even greater mental and physical benefits in your child, consider signing them up for music lessons where they are taught to read music or play an instrument. The more involved your child is in music, the better your child's chances are of experiencing these benefits.

 

Many parents find trouble in starting their kids in music, because they do not know how to simply start their child on an instrument or think that it is too costly. However, having your child involved in music daily may be simpler thank you think! Many parents have even decided to begin exposing their child to music before they are even born by playing music out loud for them to hear in the womb. While this may seem like an early start to many, there are other ways to expose your child to music from a very early point in their lives. Some ideas that parents use from almost day one may include:

  1. Buying toys or instruments that play music or make sounds

  2. Playing music in the car (classical music is a good starter for younger children and babies)

  3. Singing songs to them (such as nursery rhymes or any other upbeat and kid-friendly song)

  4. Enrolling them in music lessons when able

  5. AND MORE!

There are a plethora of options for having your child enrolled in music, and these activities can evolve as the child grows older. While these activities may not stay consistent throughout their childhood years or even their whole lives, building an appreciation for music in your child from a young age can increase the chance in them being involved in music for the rest of their life.

Make Music Day-Annual Celebration of Music

MAKE MUSIC DAY- AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF MUSIC

Music lovers: there's a day set aside just for you. The best part is, it's free!

On June 21st, the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation and Make Music Day alliance will host their annual worldwide celebration of music for all those who share a love for music. Make Music Day is held each year in more than 800 cities across 120 countries. So if you've planned a vacation out of the state or country around this time, there's still a chance to participate!

Over 4,500 outdoor concerts, music lessons, and other music-related events are scheduled in more than 80 U.S. cities- including Florida's very own, Miami Beach! 

These events were created to appeal to everyone and every music genre, whether you love hip-hop, opera, Broadway, country, or pop!

For an inside look of what to look forward to, check out the video below:

Musical Theatre Summer Camp!

Are you looking for a low-cost, yet fun and productive environment to send your kids for the summer? Has your child expressed interest in acting, singing, or dancing? 

If so, this might be the camp for you and them! The Youth Performing Arts Training Center has specially designed this camp for young individuals carrying interest in performing arts, whether the child is a beginner or has previous experience. We have talented instructors who can work with children from each level in dance, acting, and music, and engage them in a positive learning environment.

The is an eight-week session, beginning on June 4th and ending on July 27th; however, your child does not have to attend the entirety of the camp and can be enrolled for any set amount of time. For only $65 a week (or $13 per day) and an initial $10 registration fee, your child will enjoy daily activities such as games, crafts, watching movies, and talent shows with instructors and other children- all in a bully-free environment. The regular hours for each camp day are from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday at  the Youth Performing Arts Training Center at 689 Deltona Blvd, Deltona 32725.

For more information, or to set up a payment plan, please reach out to us:

Phone: (386) 574-3021

Email: YPAtrainingcenter@gmail.com

 

Strawberry Fest at Volusia County Fairgrounds

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Did you see us?

Ryan Ace Music and the group were at the Strawberry Fest this past weekend!

What a wonderful way to share music and spread the word about Ryan Ace Music! We had a blast at our booth during this event and meeting many new faces! Tons of great people and activities were at the Strawberry Fest, and we are glad we could be apart of such a wonderful occasion. If you weren't able to come up this time we hope to see you next year. We are working on a little special surprise next year and hope we can make it a reality this next Strawberry Fest! 

Youth Celebration: Performing Arts Festival at Gemini Springs

Debary's Youth Celebration! 

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Debary is bringing talented youth to you this March 3rd at the youth celebration of the arts. Gemini springs will host this event, as it has throughout several years. 

Among the many activities that will be available for friends and family, there will also be many young performers to view. Among these performers there will be the famous Preps Dance Company. 

Here is a video of one of their amazing performances (nothing beats a live performance though).

All festival goers will be able to experience many youth performers, from the stage to the grass. The stage will continuously be occupied by many of the talented Volusia county students, and the paths will be engulfed with musicians. 

Whether your son or daughter is going to be on stage, or if you just enjoy the arts, Gemini springs is the place to be this March 3rd! 

Unique Brains: The reason behind those goosebumps

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What is the meaning behind those goosebumps you get when you listen to an ear tugging piece of music?

According to the PHD student Matthew Sachs of University of Southern California, you could have a unique brain. Sachs conducted a study where he had twenty students listen to three or five songs. Of those twenty students only ten of them said they felt shivers during this study. These twenty students then had their brains scanned, and according to the researchers the ten students who admitted to feeling shivers during the music had “a higher volume of fibers that connect their auditory cortex to the areas associated with emotional processing” as said by Sachs. The study states that people who are more open to experience, or have musical training are more likely to have this so called “unique” brain, but even as a music student I have never gotten goosebumps by listening to music (although I have cried on multiple occasions while listening to music).

 The article provides music videos from YouTube that are said to generate goosebumps due to the chords provided in the song, but I still have not experienced this so called musical chill. l am typically emotional when I hear a good opera aria, but I have never produced goosebumps due to these emotions. This article has made me wonder if I would have a unique brain.

Do you think you have a unique brain?

I would like to thank Maddy Shaw Roberts for creating the article that gave me all this interesting information. 

Music and Child Development

What benefits does music bring to your children? 

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There is a wide range of neuroscience research that explains how children who are exposed to music have a larger growth of neural activity than those children who aren't introduced to music. Why? This is because music involves more than the voice or instrument, it involves the brain. Learning  how to read music is difficult, and takes a lot of practice. Ever try learning how to play the piano? It takes more than one day to perfect the beautiful instrument. We are often fascinated by the young prodigies because learning how to play any instrument is not an easy task. There are several skills a child must learn before being able to play an instrument, but while children learn these musical skills, they are also developing other skills. 

One of these skills is language development. When a child is studying music they are using the left side of their brain that is known to be involved with processing language. "While children come into the world ready to decode sounds and words, music education helps enhance those natural abilities" as said by Mary Luehrisen, executive director of National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). This is seen most prevalent in those children ages two to nine because this is when children begin to learn how to speak and carry a conversation. 

Another skill that is enhanced when a child learn music is spatial intelligence. This allows children to conceptualize  components that should go together. This skill is often linked with math. When a child learns how to play a specific song, they are piecing together many parts of their musical abilities. In the video provided below you can watch a young girl develop a beautiful melody with only four notes. This is a beautiful example of spatial intelligence and music. 

Beside the fact that music can enhance a child's skills, it can also make a child happy. There are more than just brain benefits that come from musical education at a young age. Music is a fascinating art that can bring joy to anyone, and being able to respect music with a deeper understanding is a benefit in itself. 

I would like to thank PBS for publishing the article that provided me with all this wonderful information. Click LEARN MORE to be directed to this article.

The Benefits of Music Education

There are many benefits in pursuing music education other than just honing your talent. One example that you may not think of is when practicing at a young age, to learn music one must refine their muscles, their ears, and their eyes. This can enhance or shed light on other skills that practicing child may have. In 2004, Glenn Schellenberg from the University of Toronto conducted a study where six-year-olds IQ's were tested before and after the school year. Those who engaged in weekly voice and piano lessons had an average of 3 points higher in IQ after their training. If one is really interested in music, it will come as no shocker that a huge benefit of practicing music can affect your mental state positively.

If you are interested in more information, click the following links: 

Ryan Ace Music's First Fundraiser

The Chick-fil-A cow helping out at the Ryan Ace Music Fundraiser.

        Ryan Ace Music had it's first fundraiser last week with the help from Chick-fil-A! Thank you to Chick-fil-A and to everyone who came out to support and eat with us!

        Every so often, Chick-fil-A has a Spirit Night, where it hosts a local organization in the efforts of raising funds. For every person who places an order and mentions the name of the organization, 20% of the purchase is donated towards the organization's cause. Local community sports clubs, schools, and other organizations can have a spirit night at Chick-fil-A.

         Stay updated for any future fundraisers and events that might be in your area!

Always stay Humble and Kind

Today is the first day that Ryan Ace Music officially begins, and what better way to start then to hear how I must stay humble and kind. I have many expectations for Ryan Ace Music, but I can achieve them by being honest and caring for others.

That's actually the purpose of this business and this website. We've been surrounded by so much promise of fame and success, that we forget to bring others along. There needs to be a new mindset of including everything and everyone you can into your success, especially if it includes those you hold dearly. As Tim McGraw puts it, "Don't take for granted the love this life gives you. When you get where you're going, don't forget to turn back around and help the next one in line. Always stay humble and kind."

Take a moment and check out the (currently developing) music store, or donate to the Music Fund for Kids. These next kids in line will thank you!