There are some things that everyone knows about music, like when to enrol your child into a music school or knowing what to look out for when looking for a music school for children. If you are musically educated, you know the benefits of music and maybe even know where to buy or rent the perfect piano and instrument! However, from time to time, we discover and chance upon some very interesting and mind-boggling musical facts.
You may know them or you may not, read on to find out and share with your friends about these cool fun facts!
1. In 2016, Mozart sold more CDs than Beyonce.
Admit it, we are obsessed with Beyonce’s 2016 visual album Lemonade. However, the top physical music record sales for that year went to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart!
Universal Music Group declared it as the “most authoritative, complete and scholarly box set ever devoted to the work of a single composer.” The 200-CD box set named Mozart 225: The New Complete Edition had sold 6,250 copies globally, totalling a whopping total of 1.25 million CDs in five weeks.
2. Musical Education Leads to Better Exam Scores.
That’s right! According to a study put out by the American Psychological Association, students who take up music lessons score significantly better in certain subjects than their schoolmates who do not!
Music lessons for children are a great way to develop and improve their cognitive and psychomotor skills, refining hand-eye-mind coordination, interpersonal development and discipline. Some studies, like University of California’s Music And The Brain, have even explored how music practice is linked to neurological changes that vastly improve certain brain functions!
3. Non-Musicians Almost Rarely Hear Music In Dreams.
If we have not convinced you about the benefits of learning music, here is one that might just sway you over! We love a nice restorative sleep, maybe even better when we have sweet dreams, but how about hearing music in your dreams?
A study from Dr. Patrick McNamara shows that music in dreams is rare, even for musicians! It is reported that only about 40% of musicians hear music in their sleep. On the other hand, for non-musicians, that number is only 18%.
4. Ed Sheeran slept on Jamie Foxx’s couch for six weeks before he made it big in the music business.
Love Ed Sheeran and his hit songs like “Shape Of You” and “Thinking Out Loud”? In an interview on “The Graham Norton Show”, famous actor Jamie Foxx said that Ed Sheeran had crashed on his couch six weeks prior to making it big.
Confirmed by Sheeran himself, in an interview with Howard Stern, he said that “…being able to fly to L.A. with nothing and ending up in one of the biggest movie stars’ houses” reminded himself that ‘[he] must have something.’ How is that for a story of perseverance?
5. Franz Liszt received so many requests for his hair that he bought a dog and sent fur clippings.
Possibly the world’s first superstar, Hungarian composer Franz Liszt was the idol of all frenzied women and men, this spurred the “Lisztomania” or “Liszt Fever”. “Lisztomania” was described as intense levels of hysteria demonstrated by fans, much like the treatment of celebrities and musicians today – but back then in the 1800s, such musical excitement was never before seen.
According to author Alan Walker in his book Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, “Women would try to get locks of his hair” and it happened so often that the composer bought a dog and sent out clippings of its fur to his fans instead! Poor puppy!
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