Memory is Improved with Music Training

From WebMD

Psychologist, Agnes S. Chan, PhD, at the Chinese University in Hong Kong, did a study on  group of boys ages 6 to 15 years old and found that their verbal memory increased the longer they took music lessons. But, what is even more interesting is once they stopped taking them their memory skills were unchanged. She states, 

This strongly implies that the better verbal memory in children with music training is not simply a matter of differences in age, education level, or their family’s socioeconomic characteristics.
— Agnes S. Chan, PhD

This proves the lasting impact that music can have on an individual throughout their lifetime. Music is always sharpening our minds, and evolving our thought process. 

Talking Up Music Education Podcast - LIVE from Midwest Clinic

Check out this podcast from the NAMM Foundation about the importance and relevance of music in a student's education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Live from the Midwest Clinic, this is absolutely worth a listen.

MEPA Miamisburg Recap

This past weekend, Rhythm X Percussion and Wind Ensembles premiered their programs for the X16 Performance Tour at MEPA Miamisburg. Percussion premiered The Alpha, with amazing 'trees' and a new tarp from Field & Floor FX. The Winds premiered Aurora, featuring the music of John Mackey's Aurora Awakes. You can view the Percussion scores here, and the Winds scores here

After the show,  The X Academy held a clinic that was well attended by local students and educators from the Cincinnati/Dayton area. The Rhythm X design team explained and revealed how our show was created, and layered. The front ensemble demonstrated parts that sound independent, but when played together create the catchy melody you hear. 

 Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

The battery then demonstrated how they are tackling a difficult design challenge this year. Each page of the show is learned with a syncopated foot timing that almost never follows a consistent pulse. This requires the players to learn the music over the syncopation or polyrhythm in the feet for every page. Battery arranger Tim Jackson discussed this logistical and educational challenge as well as how it ties into 'The Alpha' theme which often attempts to be 'first' to conquer something difficult. 

 Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Photo Credit: Jon Braude

Keep up with this groundbreaking season by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat. You can also check us out on Periscope, accessed through links on our Twitter, for a live feed of rehearsals and lots throughout the season!


eXtra Access, Season 3 - presented by FJM - Fred J. Miller!


An XWinds Wallpaper For Your Phone

It's Rhythm X premiere week which means both our #X16 Percussion and Winds groups are hitting the stage for the first time at the MEPA Miamisburg contest in Miamisburg, OH.

We're in love with the floor tarp Field and Floor FX printed for us so we made it a wallpaper so you can hype it with us. The download below are designed with iPhones in mind, but if you download the iPhone 6/6S version below it should work with your phone. 'Phablet' users should download the iPhone 6 Plus/6S Plus version.

Be prepared to send your friends this link, because once they see your phone they're going to want it! All wallpapers work with the iOS parallax wallpaper feature!


*iPhone 6 Plus wallpaper works with the iOS landscape parallax feature!

Costa Ri-cap

Over the past two weeks, Rhythm X alumnus and instructor Tom Gasparrini has presented a clinic series across the country of Costa Rica, completing The X Academy's first-ever events in Latin America. The Costa Rica tour is the 8th international event of The X Academy, continuing the expansion of our global reach. Check out all the great places Tom and The X Academy visited on the map below:

While in Costa Rica, Tom visited six different schools across the country to present various clinics on marching percussion. Both Tom and the students at these schools were thrilled to share their love of music and marching percussion and learn from each other. Check out what Tom and some of the students shared about their experience below!

Gran experiencia hoy con Tom󾭞Un placer tocar con un drummer como el y aprender de el󾭞Pura vida Tom󾭞

Posted by Carlos Araya on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Muy complacidos de iniciar este 2016 con la clínica para nuestra sección de Percusión con el maestro Tom Gasparrini...

Posted by Banda Municipal de Acosta on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Una pequeña muestra del trabajo de marcha realizado con Tom Gasparrini.

Posted by Sarchí Marching Band on Friday, January 15, 2016

Fue una exelenten experiencia ojala se vuelva a repetir 󾌵 ¡ pura vida mae ! T_Gas BLUECOATS 😎󾮖󾠔

Posted by Andrey RM on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Keep an eye out for more clinics presented by The X Academy near you! Pura vida!

eXtra Access: Episode 303

The last couple of weeks at Rhythm X, Inc. has been pretty busy. Our two US competitive ensembles are working really hard to develop some pretty incredible material for their 2016 WGI shows. The X Academy hosted a clinic alongside a Rhythm X rehearsal weekend on December 19th where more than 40 marching cymbal players came to play and learn alongside the Rhythm X Plateline. The Growl has also had a few performances at the home games of The Cincinnati Bengals. Who Dey!

We're usually pretty pumped this time of year with the 2016 WGI season fast approaching. This year we seem to be more excited than ever with The Bengals playing well, the Dragons Drumline season approaching, The X Academy clinics in planning, and both our WIW and PIW shows well underway. 

Check out some cool footage from last week's four-day New Year's Camp in Episode 303 of eXtra Access, presented by FJM - Fred J. Miller.

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