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Royalty Free Music

A good music score is essential to your production. Sourcing this music can be quite a headache if you go through the normal copyright clearance channels, and can be expensive. All music recordings are protected by copyright and using this music on your production requires permission from the recording copyright owners, usually large faceless record companies who make up rate cards and play God on the decision to allow you to use well known themes from a major film or the latest pop sensation usually taking many months to reach a decision.

One simple and very cost-effective approach to finding music for your next production is to purchase direct from a Royalty Free Music library. In the past Royalty Free Music has been tarnished with a reputation for low production values, and whilst there still may exist companies churning out ropey cheesy themes which would not sound out of place in some seedy pornographic adventure, however standards have now changed as technology allows composers to produce high quality music. Now Royalty Free music CDs and downloads can match traditional production libraries to such an extent now that the MCPS, who help clear music for DVD and video, have had to alter their rate cards to try and simplify music clearance. Evidence indeed that the MCPS now view Royalty Free Music as a real competitor in the ‘music for visual’ market is now being taken seriously.

So how does royalty free music actually work. It’s really quite simple. The royalty free music company produce and own the copyright enabling therm to license the purchaser the right to dub the music onto their productions. Not just one production, but many. There are no restrictions on territory or number of copies or broadcast. You can use the music for personal or professional projects, massive DVD runs for distribution and sale, TV globally and even on websites. You can use the music for any length and can shorten or extend it. You own the right to use the music for your lifetime. The only restriction enforced is that the purchaser cannot sell the music CD to another user. So you cannot sell the music on ebay. A credit is not demanded, but most producers add one and there’s no better recommendation.

Classical Music Benefits Children

Music Therapy

Classical music can positively impact everything from emotional development to motor skills to cognitive functioning. There is an entire field of psychology called Music Therapy where therapists improve the health of their clients through using music. Professionals like teachers, physicians and psychologists regularly refer children for music therapy. Music Therapists can even help rehabilitate people who have had strokes through the power of music. Kids with learning disorders like ADD, ADHD, and autism can benefit from Music Therapy, as it will help them to feel calmer and less impulsive. Further, many children will feel more comfortable opening up about their feelings when they are exposed to music. At this point, therapists can help children to overcome their frustrations and assist to boost their self-esteem.

Distractions and Music

One thing that many children with learning disorders have in common is that they are easily distracted. Different noises can take their attention away from a task at hand. However, when classical music is used therapeutically, it changes the way the ear functions and stimulates the brain. Children with a variety of learning disorders including autism are experiencing positive results from Tomatis Listening Therapy. During therapy sessions, classical music is sent into the right ear and the sound is also vibrated through the bones in the body. One of the goals of this therapy is to get the ears in sync and re-balance the system. The philosophy behind this treatment is that it can allow its recipients to begin performing to the best of their abilities. Many children have also improved their ADHD conditions through learning to play a music instrument. The act of practicing playing classical music and listening to it at the same time can teach kids to lengthen their attention span.

The Calming Ability of Music

When children with special needs listen to classical music, it provides a positive and relaxing experience. Remarkably, classical music can also reduce stress and ease frustrations. Further, it can reduce muscle tension and slow down the heart rate. When these changes occur, the mind is more open to learning and also to communicating with others.

Reasons for Getting Your Kids Involved in Music Lessons

Here are 5 Top Reasons getting your kids involved in music lessons.

1. Music Lessons Enhance Brain Development.
Many research studies have been conducted to measure the effects of learning a music instrument on cognitive development. Findings indicate that children who take music lessons over several years show greater improvement in spatial-temporal reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science. Music-making kids surpass their classmates who don’t take lessons in reading comprehension. In addition, children who take music lessons benefit from improved memory skills. When we look at the research, it is easy to see that taking music lessons over a prolonged period gives kids an academic advantage to the point of increasing IQ and SAT scores. Your kids will be smarter!

2. Music Lessons teach kids how to Accomplish Goals.
Setting goals is crucial to making progress in anything that we pursue whether it’s a passion or not. Typically, if we are passionate about something, we pursue that “something” by setting our own goals. Many times others set goals for us including our parents, teachers, bosses, coaches, government, religious leaders or peers. Goal-setting is an important part of day-to-day living, and it is the first step toward achieving a sense of accomplishment. Proficiency on an instrument is a long-term goal achieved over a period of years. In order to accomplish this goal, the music teacher and student must set and accomplish short-term goals that will ultimately lead to long-term achievement. One of the greatest rewards of being a music teacher is to help young students become top-notch musicians and performers over the course of their elementary through high school years. Some students go on to pursue music as a career path. Others go on to pursue other passions. Whatever their pursuits, taking music lessons has taught them how to make progress towards their dreams.

3. Music Lessons develop Self-Discipline in kids.
We all know that anything worth having in this life doesn’t come easy and that with hard work and consistency we can achieve great things. How do we instill the character qualities of self-determination and discipline in our kids who are living in a fast-paced society that has grown accustomed to immediate gratification? Music lessons are a fun and effective way to help a child learn self-discipline. Students find motivation in the music they are learning. However, in order to perform this music well they must practice consistently. As the music teacher helps a student structure weekly practice time, the student is empowered to learn the music through self-discipline. Developing the skill of self-discipline can be adapted to achieve goals in other areas such as academics and sports.

Indie Music

Indie music, or independent music, has been described as the kind of music which is independent from the major recording labels and production studios. Usually, the creators of this kind of music also adopts an independent approach and strays away from the norms of creating music and the trends of what music is appealing for the people in the present situation. However, even if this indie music is taken apart from the major record labels, the autonomy of this kind of music does not necessarily entail that they are also independent from fraudulent claims regarding music licensing.

What is even worse than this is that their already small profit shares in the music industry is continuously sabotaged by people who take advantage on the fact that music licensing in this genre is generally weak. Given that their share in profits is relatively small, due to their independence and autonomy from the conventional approach taken by the more popular record label companies, they still suffer from the setbacks of not affording music licensing and at the same time, indie music also enjoy the same benefits and music rights as with the other major musical genres in the present time.

Indie music generally has more difficulty in getting into the mainstream flow of the music industry due to their lack of financial resources to achieve this end. Sometimes, these independent acts choose to go popular by acceding to major recording label companies. However, this climbing over the fence approach does not necessarily guarantee musical and financial success due to the difficulty in promoting and advertising such kinds of musical genres. Additionally, the competition between the existing major musical genres almost always empowers and overwhelms indie music by strength and mass appeal.

However, these low costs of expenses also mean that there is also a lower chance to gain a high profit. There also deals in the nature of profit sharing with the recording company with as much as half of the net profit. However, this only works in theory most of the time as there are many expenses that are lined up before getting the profit. Usually, this works in ope-rationalization and application once the indie music artist becomes hugely popular in the music industry. The bottom line is, there is money and protection of rights in the industry of indie music. The latter achieves equality while the former needs a lot of hard work from the independent act to be achieved.

Music Education

A comprehensive music education begins early, in childhood. A music education must consist of not only repertoire knowledge, but theory, composition, history, and people. Professor Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian composer and teacher in the early 1900s, found that young Hungarian children were unaware of how to read and write music fluently, and also unaware of their musical heritage. To know Hungary now, one would not know that this was the case in the 1900s. Hungary lives and breathes music. Currently, Hungary has 800 adult choruses, and numerous professional orchestras. Hungary is a country about the size of Indiana, so music penetrates the country. Kodaly introduced a method, the Kodaly Method, which systematically teaches children, or beginning adults, music. The learning is based in folk music, of one’s country of origin, and uses the music to teach theory, composition, and history. This method has infiltrated the world with it’s easy to understand concepts and time lines.

In the United States music is taught in most schools. However, as funding and music teachers have become unavailable, music programs have been cut. This lack of education in the public school system leaves music education up to the parents, which unfortunately many parents do not have the knowledge or tools to teach their children appropriately, let alone fluently. In Hungary children obtain an eight year program devoted specifically to music which is separate from the children’s regular studies. In North America, schools have music once, or maybe twice per week, if at all. Although music programs in North America aren’t as intense as other countries, a comprehensive teaching method, such as the Kodaly Method, enables children to receive the basic skills of music literacy.

Recognize Musical Hearing

Music is an integral part of our existence, from the moment we are created. By the 14th week as embryos, our hearing is developed to the point of sensing sounds, much earlier than our sight, which only develops after four months out of the womb. The embryo senses his/her own heartbeats and the mother’s as well, along with other sounds which penetrate the shelter of the womb. Moreover, both Oliver sachs in his book Musicophilia and Shinitzi Suzuki, the renowned violin and musical teacher, conclude that every person is musical and can play an instrument. Music has a special meaning for each of us, but many of us don’t get any training which can develop our musical potential.

Sachs describes in his book several of the rare people who don’t feel anything when listening to music, but perhaps the most famous unmusical person is Zigmund Freud, who was appreciative of many art forms, such as literature and sculpture, but could not observe the value and significance of music. The generations which followed him corrected this error in judgment.

So here are several tools for developing musical hearing:

1. Expose your child to music as often as possible, the more the better. Listen with your child to music any chance you have. Share your critical thinking and opinions about music you like and dislike.

2. Ask your child which music he/she likes and dislikes and why. It is very important to help your child develop a musical taste.

3. If you like a certain kind of music which allows it, don’t hesitate to start dancing and let go. Enthusiasm is infectious.

4. When your child is ready, at age six or seven, let him/her try an instrument.

5. Don’t pressure your child to play, but create a natural musical environment at home, through Youtube, radio and TV channels and, of course, the music you own.

6. Take your child to a music store which has a large selection of classical music recordings and choose together the music which your child wants to listen to.

Country Music

Country Music, in the form that we know it, has been going strong for over three hundred years in the Southern part of North America. It was not until the 1920s that it started to gain traction though. So, where did it all begin? It began with a group of Irish immigrants who decided to settle in the Appalachian Mountains. Obviously North America is an incredibly long distance from Ireland. The boat journey was horrendous to start with and of course, space was limited. Those that headed to America could only take their most prized possessions with them. Everything else was left at home. Many Irish cherished their instruments and it was those that they took on this boat journey.

The Irish preferred to use the fiddle, the sounds of which are heard in country music to this very day. The reason why they loved the fiddle so much was because it had such a dynamic range. One second you could be playing the most upbeat music possible, and the next second you could be creating something that was almost mournful. In its history it was not just the Irish fiddle that played a roll though. The banjo got in there (from West Africa), the Mandolin (Italy) and even the Dulcimer (Germany). You got a nice blend of instruments.

It was sort of born out of a clash of cultures. Many people do not realize this, but it has a number of its roots in African music. It was born out of the white and black musicians in the southern areas of the country starting to play together. In fact, country music history shows us that back then Country Music tended to be a great deal more ‘African’ influenced than European influenced. The style has meshed too much nowadays to really tell though. It just grew from here. As the music style started to spread around the area more and more people started to introduce new elements into it. This is a constantly evolving form of music. What we regarded as country all those years ago is nothing close to what is regarded as country music right now. That is why it is so exciting. We never know where the music is going to take us next.

Music Licensing

The music industry revenue has encountered steadier growth for the past decade and the experts projected it will stay in that course for the foreseeable future. The numbers may spike up with the growing popularity of streaming among the younger generation. As the physical sales wane in the turn of 2010, other means of sales had emerged and millions of independent musicians turned to licensing their music in hopes to monetize their work. The internet paved the way for more business opportunities and almost all of them require music content. There are more music revenues to be collected compared a decade ago as we have more TV show, ads, commercials, campaigns, video games, movies, films, establishments and companies today. Every single industry needs music content to operate in order to appeal to the public. It is part of their marketing plan and these industries require the services of music licensing companies to facilitate such needs.

As a matter of fact, the US music industry revenue for 2015 rose 0.9% to haul in $7 billion dollars. The RIAA also announced that streaming has overtaken the digital and physical sales of music for the first time, rising from 27% in 2014 to 34% in 2015. The streaming sales went up by a mere 29% in 2015. Digital sales fell from $2.58 billion in 2014 to $2.33 billion in 2015, a 9.6% decline. With the rise of streaming, the physical sales suffered the most downward spiral as it only accumulated $1.9 billion sales, 10% of sales in the US. This was not the case 10 years ago as physical sales dominated the music industry. The big chunk of those comes from performing rights organizations and music licensing companies. These companies license the music of their members and distribute it to different industries across the country. There are three performing rights organizations for musicians across the US and they are ASCAP, SESAC and BMI.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a not-for-profit performance rights organization which protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring the public performances of their music. This organization was launched in 1914, making it the oldest among the three. They compensate their members basing on the live and public performances of their music of other sectors. As of 2015, ASCAP has licensed over 500,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. In the year 2014, it has collected over $941 million dollars in licensing fees and distributed $828.7 million in royalties to its members. ASCAP is charging $50 fee as a writer and $50 fee as a publisher to become a member. In order to collect your publisher’s share of royalties as an ASCAP member, you need to have an ASCAP publishing company.

Tips for Starting A Music Box

These are materials, decoration, and the date of the music box.

Materials

All music boxes are not made the same. The type of material a carousel music box, wooden music box, inlaid music box, or an antique music box is made from is what helps to create its uniqueness. For example, in the early 19th century, musical snuff boxes were made of inexpensive material from the precious metal family such as gold and silver. There were also some music boxes made of brass, which back then, was rare. Other musical boxes such as snuff music boxes were made from wood, horn, and tortoiseshell. Wooden snuff music boxes, made from material such as burr oak and burr walnut were very beautiful. Boxes made amboyna wood, which originates from Amboyna Cay, a small island in the South China Sea, were also gorgeous. For those collectors who love to collect wooden music boxes, finding a box made from one of these materials would make a wonderful asset to their collection.

Decoration

Music jewelry boxes, inlaid music boxes, children’s jewelry boxes, and other types of antique music boxes are all decorated differently. The type of decoration a collector of music boxes seeks is based on personal preferences. Some music box collectors might enjoy early 19th century music boxes since many of the lids were used for decorations. For instance, the lids of many musical snuffboxes were done with miniatures painted on ivory. For a music box collector, finding one such as this would be quite a prize. Careful research, time, and patience most likely can assist a music box collector in finding a music box whose decorations they will fall in love with.

Date of the Music Box

There are specific things a music box collector should look for when they try to assess the date of a music jewelry box, inlaid music box, ballerina music boxes, carousel music box, and other antique music boxes. A collector must carefully study its design. Many lovers of collectibles enjoy collecting antique music boxes, wooden jewelry boxes, music jewelry boxes, and inlaid music boxes. Finding the right one to start a music box collection or to add to an existing one can certainly be done.

Wedding Music

Wedding professionals and videographers have a tall order to fill. Not only are they responsible for filming the ceremony, reception and all other aspects of the wedding day, but also they are responsible either for choosing music that compliments the spirit of the day, the couple’s personalities and the high quality of the video through an appropriate and rich soundtrack of background music and production music. Weddings today vary much more than they used to; more couples are seeking wedding music and wedding video music that strays from the traditional and ranges from contemporary to cutting edge and progressive.

Regardless of the couple’s preferences, wedding professionals must either choose fully representative wedding video music themselves from the huge amount available, or buy the rights to the music the couple asks for from a music provider. Unfortunately, the cost of paying royalties to large companies in order to use both traditional and contemporary original wedding music in videos, ceremonies and at receptions is extremely expensive. Wedding videographers and other individuals that handle many ceremonies, receptions and projects per month might expect to pay thousands of dollars per month in order to legally use popular wedding video music, music for wedding ceremonies and all other types of wedding music.

And because every client is different and has different musical tastes, these professionals must make sure they have a very large and comprehensive library of wedding music to choose from to make every project unique and make sure it accurately captures the spirit of the big day and the personality of the married couple. Not every wedding videographer and professional, and particularly those for whom weddings are only a small part of their total business plan, can afford to exorbitant royalty fees associated with wedding music and satisfying copyright laws.

So what is the answer for wedding videographers that wish to both avoid copyright infringement and provide high quality and original wedding video music that does not take a huge chunk out of their limited budget? Many wedding professionals avoid the use of buyout music and royalty free music because they find often it does not offer the best quality background music and production music to fulfill their complex needs and satisfy their discriminating tastes. Although it is very inexpensive, buying the wrong royalty free music for wedding videos can destroy a wedding video, ceremony or reception for the couple and family, and the memories can be lost forever. However, comprehensive and rich pieces of royalty free wedding music do exist.

Wedding videographers will find selections of royalty free music and wedding video music that can be seamlessly integrated as background music and production music, and represents every musical genre, from traditional styles such as classical to more progressive and contemporary styles like light rock, jazz and even Hip Hop, techno and dance music. The royalty free wedding music and music for wedding videos in this large library will express the unique personalities of every couple and preserve the memory of their special day for years to come. And because all tracks are royalty free music, clients will pay a one-time very low fee for unlimited use of the wedding music, allowing them to increase their library regularly and offer a larger selection to their clients.