Music and Artificial Intelligence

Ullas Ponnadi
Artificial Intelligence is used in many ways and now it is transforming the music industry. Can AI complement human capabilities and will the creative process also change? Beginning a new column that will address the various dimensions of music.

Children’s play is serious business

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
In our belief that we are raising well-rounded individuals, we pack our children’s days with school, sports coaching, music, dance classes and tuition so much so that we leave them no time to play. By robbing them of this natural activity, we are taking away from them their opportunity to learn life skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, working together, etc.

Roles and rehearsals: Think like an actor

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
When schools make efforts to nurture the immense power of theatre, several positives can accrue to children participating in dramatic activities. Byacting out stories from their text books, children learn to engage more deeply with the text and also sharpen their verbal skills. Here’s how teachers can use drama as a pedagogic tool.

Think like a musician

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
In the second of this four part series on how art forms can positively affect developing minds, the author discusses music and its benefits. Because different aspects of music are handled by different regions of the brain, children who receive any form of musical training, even if only for a short period, display a marked improvement in the way they process information.

Lines, curves and colours

Aruna Sankaranarayanan
Art, music, drama and play – these are creative activities that bring out the best in children if they pursue them with passion and vigour. In a four- part series, this column will explore the benefits that accrue to children when they engage in creative pursuits. This article explores how visual arts can broaden and deepen children’s understanding of themselves and the world.