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to The Miscellaneous Lion-Its time to have some fun
and maybe scratch our heads while learning some different
things such as:
America Being Dumbed Down?
at these samplings of questions taken from an 1895
8th grade final exam-from Salinas Kansas -you be the
judge of how well you might do!
1) Give nine rules for
the use of capital letters.
2) Name the parts of
speech and define those that have no modification.
3) Define verse, stanza
4) What are the principal
parts of a verb? Give principal parts of do,lie,lay
5) Define case, illustrate
6) What is punctuation?
Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7-10) Write a composition
of about 150 words and show therein that you understand
the practical use of the rules of grammar.
This is just a portion of the test areas submitted
for YOUR consideration and appreciation of our 19th
century teachers and students. There is more to this
exam and I will continue further with the next installment
of The Miscellaneous Lion.
- to make you think!
is whats left over after you have forgotten-everything
else" Mark Twain
"Living without liberty-is not living" Anonymous
"Give me liberty-or give me death" Patrick
"I shall return"General George McArthur
upon leaving the Phillipines-never to return again.
"Thank you for making this day necessary-Yogi
Berra-to the Fans at Yankee Stadium celebrating Yogi
Berra Day-"It aint over-till its over"-Yogi
"Wal-Mart? is that where you buy wall stuff?-Jessica
"If yer talkin-ya aint learnin" Anonymous-(well
said I might add)
"The Truth Is What It Is" TBL(and if you
find out what that is-let me know!)
onto the subject of musicians - Are Musical Brains
Wired For Sound?
From an article on MSNBC News 11/14/02 (excerpts)
Neuroscientits using brain scanning machines to peer
inside the minds of professional German violinists
found they could hear the music simply by thinking
about it. Amateurs did not have the skill to do this
or were unable to match the testing.
Further testing of the brains of eight violinists
with German orchestras and eight amateurs showed professionals
significant activity in the part of their brains that
controls hearing said Dr. Gabriela Scheler of the
University of Tubingen. When professionals move their
fingers, they also hear the music in their heads.
Minds Liberated! Dr. Scheler (former Neuremburg Philharmonic
Symphony Violinist) said the finding suggests that
professional musicians have "liberated"
their minds from worrying about hitting the right
notes. As a result-they are able to listen, judge
and control their play.
In a recent experiment the violinists were asked to
imagine playing the concerto without moving their
hands. Brain scans showed the professionals were hearing
the music in their heads.
Dr. Robert Zatore said its the first time anyone had
studied music and its relationship to motor control
and imagery. Dr. Zatore has spent two decades studying
the brains response to music.
As I wrap up this first part of The Miscellaneous
Lion-a comment to our educators, school teachers,
administrators, politicians, and corporations that
support music and the arts.
This article and commentary is important-why? Suzuki
violin teachers claim their students are better students-smarter
at math-go on to college-and have productive lives.
In the tests of the German violinists they hear inside
their heads and produce brain wave activity. I am
a musician of 39 years with a specialty in Tamburitzan
& ethnomusic folk stringed instruments with an
ability to hear music in my head. Ive had the ability
to hear music in my head going to back to childhood
at 7-8 years of age. I call it "musical mental
telepathy". My understanding is that we only
use 10% of our total brain capacity while 90% of our
potential remains unused. In other words or in rephrasing
the question-are we only working at 10% of our capacity-or
These tests prove activity is occurring in the brain
and were in the infancy of these tests. The biggest
room in my life-is the "room for improvement"
and it starts with me-no one else. As for you-the
teacher-you are the educational conduit to success
for todays students. Music works! Suzuki programs
are important-critical and need to be initiated more
than ever within todays school programs. "Music
From The Heart" taught us no matter where our
children go to school and no matter their economic
status (DO YOU HEAR ME!) Students can be taught. They
can succeed-their education matters and YOUR vision
of a students success is critical and needed!
If your school doesnt have a
SUZUKI program-BE THE ONE-who gets one started. It
is more than money. Education is what the hope and
future of our country is about. YOU are all sowers
planting seeds of the future in your classrooms of
today. This valuable study is important to you and
your students. Teachers-Keep up the good work-we need
you-we need our music teachers more than ever.(including
Tamburitza instructors and music instructors of all
I want to know if you started a music program-Suzuki
or any kind and I will share your story here!