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Music and Movement Early Childhood Education Term Paper

… Music Education

Over the past decade, researchers have paid increasing amount of interest to the impact of music on child development. For example, in 1993 Alfred a. Tomatis coined the term "The Mozart effect" for the alleged increase in brain development that takes place in children under the age of three when listening to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart based on University of California, Irvine, studies. Since then, there has been a great deal of controversy about the true impact of music on intelligence. Harvard University researchers Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland cautioned in 1999, for example: "Since 1997, we have been analyzing the research relevant to the claim that the arts lead to academic success. So far we have found no actual scientific evidence…. [read more]

Irish Music Is Interesting Term Paper

… When Irish people immigrated to the United States, they brought their music with them. Many of these people moved to the South. Because of this, traditional southern music has a lot in common with Irish music (Wikipedia). The Irish also developed "set dancing" to their music, which is a lot like American square dancing (Wikipedia). Both are done to the music of fiddling, a traditional Irish way of playing the violin.

Traditional Irish music is still performed today in pubs and concert halls, and many modern Irish musicians, including rock musicians, include things they have learned from traditional Irish music in their hit songs. Irish music became much more popular in the United States after the Broadway show "Riverdance" opened. This show combines traditional Irish…. [read more]

America Popular Music Essay

… America Popular Music

The objective of this work is to discuss popular music in America today as well as to examine today's musicians. This work will historically place today's music in context and will discuss the style of music of today.

Popular music, "...reflects a kaleidoscope of contributions, a cross-fertilization of styles and a blending of dreams. It could hardly be otherwise in this nation of immigrants." (Starr and Waterman, nd) Just as America is the melting pot of many nations the many and various forms of music that traveled with people as they immigrated to America is integrated within the fabric of American music. Starr and Waterman state that the United States "is a perfect musical laboratory: take people from every corner of the…. [read more]

Censorship in Music Term Paper

… The Spanish-born Pablo Casals (1876-1973), who enjoyed a spectacular international career as a violin and cello virtuoso and conductor, was considered to be one of the finest musicians of his day. However, he had a rather harsh assessment of rock and roll in the early 1960s, one that should be viewed through the filter of a person whose life was devoted to European fine-art music.

You want to know what I think of that abomination, rock 'n' roll? I think it is a disgrace. Poison put to sound! When I hear it I feel very sad not only for music but for the people who are addicted to it. I am also very sorry for America-- that such a great country should have nothing better…. [read more]

Ethnic Musics of Different Countries Research Proposal

… ¶ … Ethnic Music Is My Favorite Type of Music

The day ends. I lie on the couch and travel through the world. I do not travel through the world physically -- in fact, I hardly move a muscle, other than to push my ear buds more securely into my ears. My traveling takes place musically, as I listen to the sounds of various songs from throughout the world on my MP3 player. I love the haunting Celtic tunes of Irish music, the pounding beat of calypso, and the cloud of blended, drumming rhythms and vocals that wraps around my brain from Africa.

Of course, I do listen to more commercial music on the radio. But I find myself noticing how some of the most…. [read more]

Tap Dancing Essay

… Because tap was initially meant to be a mockery of early slaves, many African-Americans protested the popularity of tap dancing, which even until the 1960's still contained irreverent references to black slavery. Certain movements of the feet in tap dance were originally meant to indicate clumsiness, buffoonery and running away. While these moves were eventually diluted by other influences, the idea of the dance remained to many.

As a result of this type of development, tap dancing reflects many of the values and principles of each ethnic group that contributed to its development. Dancing is inherently spiritual so hiding such influences is unlikely. But to understand this form of expression each contributing group's social and political attitudes must be taken into consideration in order to…. [read more]

Classical Composers and the Impact of Environment Term Paper


Through the music of many classical composers, one can come to understand how their various environments influenced their musical output, for as artists, each was affected by what was occurring within their lives, whether related to a family crisis, marriage, the loss of a loved one, or some other social / cultural development in the arts or in politics. Of all the great Western composers, eight stand out as quintessential examples on how their music was influenced by the environment-Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Haydn, Richard Wagner, Peter Iljitch Tchaikovsky, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, Bela Bartok and George Crumb.

Johann Sebastian Bach:

In Bach's Christ lag in Todesbanden (Church Cantata No. 4), written for Easter Sunday, the hymn melody…. [read more]

Irish Renaissance Was a Literary Term Paper

… Near religious fervor vis a vis traditional Gaelic writings would be supplanted by satirical and parodic handling of Irish mythological source works. The traditional Gaelic hero would alternately serve as political symbol and buffoon; and the chauvinism exhibited by chroniclers of a national mythology would be replaced by a purpose that more likely resembled that which inspired the tongue-in-cheek recorders of many medieval Irish tales -- to amuse and entertain. (Quintelli-Neary 1)

the writers of the time turned from Irish myths to Irish life, though always the characters in these works maintained some personal sense of the vitality of Irish folklore and treated Irish history as a form of folkloric myth embodying the deeper meanings of being Irish.

Such myths came to represent a deeper…. [read more]

British Traditions Essay

… America and British Traditions

In the 18th and 19th centuries, a literary metaphor that was commonly used was a crucible, or melting pot, that described the combination of numerous cultures and ideas into one -- just as one might put several different ingredients into a pot to make stew. This was a rather idealized tern that took the processes of immigration and colonization to the extreme -- almost a utopian vision of a number of different nationalities, races, and cultures blended into one new community -- all with the goal of making their new land the absolute best it could possibly be. In fact, in 1893, the historian Frederick Jackson Turner used this metaphor of immigrants melting into one new American culture in his essay…. [read more]

Commitments by Roddy Doyle Term Paper

… ¶ … Commitments by Roddy Doyle. Specifically it will contain a character study of Joey "The Lips" Fagan. What are the different roles he portrays?

What does he bring to the band as a teacher, musical advisor, and spiritual advisor? Does he teach anything to them? Joey Fagan is not the main character in this short novel, but he is one of the most compelling. He serves an important purpose in the novel and to the band, and without him; the novel and the band would be quite different and not as interesting.

By the time Joey "The Lips" Fagan enters the novel; Jimmy Rabbitte has taken over the management of the band, and given it a name, "The Commitments." The band members, with Jimmy's…. [read more]

Hero in Popular Culture Term Paper

… ¶ … Hero in Popular Culture- One very interesting aspect of the human experience is the manner in which certain themes appear again and again over time, in literature, religion, mythology, and culture -- regardless of the geographic location, the economic status, and the time period. Perhaps it is the innate human need to explain and explore the known and unknown, but to have disparate cultures in time and location find ways of explaining certain principles in such similar manner leads one to believe that there is perhaps more to myth and ritual than simple repetition of archetypal themes. In a sense, then, to acculturize the future, we must re-craft the past, and the way that seems to happen is in the synergism of myth…. [read more]

Agrees That Ethics Research Paper

… This principle is particularly problematic in today's society as evidenced by the debate over health insurance that is presently plaguing the country.

IV. Ethical Theories

Each of these principles is important and should be honored as much as possible. Unfortunately in the real world there are situations where one principle may have to be compromised in order to real the best result. For example, there may be a situation where the principle of justice might need to be sacrificed for the sake of beneficence or vice versa. This is to be expected in the health care arena as difficult decisions are often presented. In this regard, as a practicing Roman Catholic I can expect such circumstances to appear often. My responsibility is to establish a…. [read more]

Wearin' of the Green Term Paper

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The two girls smiled back at each other. It was a little joke they had. Margaret-Mary was really proud of her double-fisted first name. Ma said she was named after a saint who lived in France a long time ago. She was real holy and did a lot of good things. "An Irish Catholic girl should be just like a saint ... now ain't that the way the Good Lord planned it!"

Jacobs' was just coming into view as suddenly, a tall black man smacked into Margaret-Mary's side. Her schoolbooks went flying, and Margaret-Mary skidded headlong into the sidewalk. With no time to even realize what was happening, the tears came pouring down her cheeks, at the same time a she noticed the thin…. [read more]

Latino American Term Paper

… ¶ … Freak

"So I had too many beers, so I had to have her. So I Riverdanced up to her" - said by John Leguizamo in Freak.

This scene involves Leguizamo speaking about seeing a 'typical' (from his perspective) "redheaded, freckled, drunk" Irish girl. He then proceeds to show how he 'riverdances' up to her in order to emphasize his knowledge of Irish culture. As he attempts to get her attention by using a series of Irish/Scottish references, she says that he has nothing to do with anything Irish and calls on her brothers to save her.

John Leguizamo's background can be observed throughout Freak, as he concentrates on making it possible for audience to understand the multicultural aspect of his personae. While some…. [read more]

Internet and Global Finance Research Paper

… From the statistics presented by the Internet World Stats, 2.4 billion people around the world were using internet in 2012, which represented 34.3% of the world population. Between 2000 and 2012, there was a tremendous growth of 566.4% of internet users. Despite the growth in the internet users globally, the internet penetration rates varies across the globe. The North American region recorded the 78.6% in the internet penetration rates followed by Australia 67.6% and Europe 63.2%. The overall world internet usage is presented in Table 2 and Fig 1.

Table 2: World Internet Usage Statistics


June 30, 2012

World Regions


( 2012 Estimation )

Internet Users

Dec. 31, 2000

Internet Users

Latest Data

Internet Penetration Rate



Users %

of…. [read more]

Cultural Identity Term Paper

… Cultural Diversity interviewed a co-worker who describes himself at first as "Hispanic." However, he explained that a "Hispanic" person can come from one of many countries including Mexico but also Central or South America, Puerto Rico and Cuba. He also said that many people from Mexico have multiple roots and that he was part Hispanic and part Native American. He said that he could only trace his family tree back a few generations, to his mother's parents and a few cousins on his father's side. My friend was born in El Paso, Texas. He learned to speak Spanish before English, but speaks both languages well.

I asked him what holidays were important in his culture. The first one he mentioned was Cinco de Mayo, which…. [read more]

Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan's 2002 Term Paper

… The inspiration for Mullan's movie was in part the documentary entitled "Sex in a Cold Climate," as well as a series of interviews aired on the news magazine show 60 Minutes (Sisters of Mercy of the Americas). Mullan's interest in the laundries prompted him to craft this cinematic masterpiece. Mullan, a Scottish actor-director, earned accolades for the movie, including a Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, ironic given the political implications of The Magdalene Sisters for an Italian audience. Mullan, who was raised a Catholic, has since "shifted his ideological allegiance to Marxism," (Dolbee). Still, Mullan describes himself as a Catholic, albeit a non-practicing one, and his daughter attends a Catholic school. Mullan was undoubtedly influenced by his Catholic upbringing in crafting The…. [read more]

Illegal Immigrants in the U.S Term Paper

… ¶ … illegal immigrants in the U.S. And the possibility of legalizing their status. The article shows: how illegal immigration is currently being dealt with, the views of people on the issue and the flexibility being exhibited by the government. The author makes it clear that while illegal immigration has always been a problem for the country and most people feel country must be protected against such immigration, still illegal entrance into the U.S. should not be criminalized. Very few, if any, percentage of people interviewed supported felony status, the rest felt that while it was not correct to let illegal immigration prosper, there was also no particular need for categorized it as a crime or serious offence.

Illegal immigration is a problem, which the…. [read more]

Editing Work Essay

… Carlin downplayed this and termed such assertion as an excuse the parents were trying to justify their son's behavior. She also pointed out that J's father was prone to defending his son as evidenced in an incident between J. And S. The father blamed this on his son's religion. He asserted that the other students found it difficult to approach J. because he was a Christian and they were Muslims.

According to Carlin, J did not interact well with other children of his age and was also lazy. The aspect of laziness was pegged on his learning development, class participation, and completion of homework. Carlin reiterated that J. had low motivation, got easily distracted, and was poor in self-management. Carlin observed that J. quite often…. [read more]

Ethnic Gender Socioeconomic Roots Term Paper

… Ethnic

When one hears the word "Minnesota" in reference to nationality, more than likely the country of Germany will be the first country of origin considered. This may be a misnomer, considering that "German" immigrants coming to this Midwestern state were from either Germany or one of the Germanic nations where they speak German. This includes today's Luxembourg, Austria, Bohemia, and parts of Switzerland, Poland, Hungary, and the former Yugoslavia. During the mid-1800s, the part of Europe now considered "Germany" consisted of smaller states controlled by princes. These were later headed by empires that allowed little or no political power to remain in the hands of the princely leaders. By the 1870s, a united German state was finally created by Otto von Bismarck. However, in…. [read more]

Southeast Asian Bamboo Flutes Dissertation

Traditional Southeast Asian Bamboo Flutes: Studies on Origins and History

The study investigates the bamboo flutes found in Southeast Asia, as well as their history and origin. The earliest known extant bamboo flute, a chi, or ancient Chinese flute, from the Zhou Dynasty, discovered in the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng, dates from 433 BC. Southeast Asian bamboo flutes, diverse in shape and size, vary in the way musicians play them. During the ethnography, a qualitative study, the researcher utilizes an extensive literature review to explore the development of bamboo flutes in SEA and examines the link between these instruments and music, as well as traditions from and beyond Asia.

As the study focuses on the flutes from three main areas: Mainland…. [read more]

Apple Computer Term Paper

… Apple Computer

About the Company

Apple Computer, Inc. is a Silicon Valley company based in Cupertino, California, whose core business is computer technologies. Apple helped start the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with its Apple II and shaped it in the 1980s and since with the Macintosh. Apple is known for innovative software and hardware, such as the iMac its iPod digital music player and the iTunes Music Store.

Apple has been criticized for their vertically integrated business model, which runs against the grain of much of the perceived wisdom of economists, particularly for the computer industry. However, the company is profitable. Other criticisms have included that it has been very personality driven, especially in the two different eras of Steve Jobs' tenure; some…. [read more]

Synge's Riders to the Sea Essay

… He's gone now, and when the black night is falling I'll have no son left me in the world" (Synge, 1902).

Religion also plays a major role in the family's life. Even though the sea has stripped them of their most valuable assets -- the men that help to provide them with daily sustenance -- the one thing the sea cannot take away is their faith, one of the few immaterial things of value in their life. The young priest in the play assures Maurya that "the Almighty God wouldn't leave her destitute with no son living" even though she has already lost five other sons -- Shawn, Sheamus, Patch, Stephen, and Michael. Regardless of the fact that she is ultimately stripped of her last…. [read more]

Anthro I Am a White Male Term Paper

… Anthro

I am a white male in my early 20s who grew up in a small Northeastern town. The street I grew up on was tree-lined, and the houses were spaced equally apart. All were single-family dwellings inhabited with middle-class families like mine: none of the fathers on the block worked at a white-collar job except for one doctor. Most of the women living on the street were stay-at-home moms except for the two single moms who worked. About three-fourths of the families were Caucasian like ours; of those about half were second- or third-generation Italian. The other quarter of the neighborhood's population was either Hispanic or African-American, but there was one Jewish family too. Like many of the Caucasians on our block, we did…. [read more]

Muhammad Ali in Egypt Thesis

… But they took away, for five centuries, the possibility of an independent Arab-dom, and Arab nationalists bore them considerable ill-will for it[footnoteRef:13]. The only 'Arab' state conquered by the Turks which was not in irremediable decay, was the Mamluk state of Egypt and Syria[footnoteRef:14]. The Mamluks themselves were a dynasty of Turkish slaves; and in any case they afterwards succeeded, as did all the North African provinces, in enjoying internal autonomy under Ottoman suzerainty. The claim that the caliphate had been transmitted to the Ottoman sultans was made only late in the history of the Empire. It was as Turkish rulers that they held their power, and only secondarily (if at all) as vice-regents of the Prophet. They preserved and even sharpened the distinction between…. [read more]

Communication History Fans of Science Term Paper

… Lodge did more to introduce the forefront of theoretical electromagnetic research not just to the broader scientific community, but to the engineering community as well. Lodge's biographer W.P. Jolly says, with some irony, that "Lodge was of the light cavalry of Physics, scouting ahead and reporting back, rather than the infantry of Engineering, who take and consolidate the ground for permanent useful occupation" (Jolly 113). This is a tactful way of pointing out that Lodge technically invented the radio, but missed out on receiving credit, or indeed a Nobel Prize. Lodge was not incompetent in engineering: indeed he would hold patents for the first versions of the modern automotive spark-plug, and his electromagnetic research began with a practical problem (the construction of a better lightning…. [read more]

Things Fall Apart if Okonkwo, Term Paper

… Things Fall Apart if Okonkwo, a 'man of action' embodies that Yeatsian intensity; which character[s] represent 'the best' that 'lack all conviction.'

The idea of people who are "the best" yet lack "all conviction" seems like a contradiction. How is it possible for a person to be good, to be the best, yet lack all conviction and belief? What Yeats means may be that people like Nwoye, who lack conviction in their own worth and culture often turn to the culture of others to find a sense of identity. The weak yet "best" Nwoye fall prey to the persuasion of the missionaries who are full of passionate intensity about eradicating African culture.Or, Yeats may mean that people like be Unoka, Okonkwo's father, are pacific but…. [read more]

Railroads Any Person Essay

… There are jobs -- in America you can call your own shots, not just slave for some factory owner. The reality is that your prosperity lies at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, and our steamships will get you there. We have monthly departures from Cork, Southampton and Genova. Our agents can arrange your transport from all over the nations of Europe including the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Italian Republic, Prussia and Bavaria. The United States welcomes everybody to build a great nation, and you can be part of this unprecedented economic expansion.

Part II. We learned that many of the pastimes with which we have become familiar arose during the Gilded Age. Spectator sports, public concerts and musical shows all emerged, presaging the arrival…. [read more]

Translation Nation by Hector Tobar Article Critique

… Translation Nation by Hector Tobar

In Translation Nation, Hector Tobar, an American born to immigrant parents, opens his discussion of Spanish-speaking America with a discussion of Che Guevara. His discussion is not necessarily a political discussion, but focuses on how he, as a child, viewed Guevara, and how his attitude towards Guevara reflected the ideals of his parents, immigrants from Guatemala. He also talks about his own conflicts between his heritage and his American beliefs. "One of the first secrets I ever kept from my father was that I admired Maury Wills, the shortstop of the Dodgers, and Jerry West of the Lakers as much as, if not more than, El Che" (Tobar, 2005, pp. 3-4). This dichotomy between his Spanish-speaking heritage and all of…. [read more]

Thins Fall Apart Chinua Achebe Term Paper

… Things Fall Apart in the novel, do we see anyone who stands for this sort of peace? If so, where is it best illustrated? Is Okonkwo really just full of passionate intensity or is he flawed? What is Okonkwo 'missing'?

In Achebe's novel, no man or woman really stands for peace. A true peace is hard won. A true peace is a state of societal being can only be realized with great collective effort. Yes, Okonkwo's friend Obierika embodies the most balanced perspective of all of the tribe. But because Obierika is unable to put his beliefs into proactive action, he does not generate true peace in his world. Men like Martin Luther King Jr. And Gandhi may have advocated nonviolence, but they advocated nonviolent…. [read more]

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