If you learned how to play a recorder or ukelele in school, you may have built up brain functions that boosted your ability to do better in school, especially if you kept up with practice. Latest neuroscience studies by noted researcher Nina Kraus of Northwestern University suggest learning a musical instrument helps children boost their […]Read more "What parents need to know about children’s brains on music"
Studies after studies are showing that learning music can make kids smart. When your child learns to play a musical instrument, not only does he learn how to make tunes, but he also enhances other capabilities of his brain as well: A 10 year study involving 25,000 students show that music-making improves test scores in […]Read more "The Effect of Music on Children’s Intelligence"
On the back wall, the word “music” was spelled down a broad, white stripe in the midst of various academic subjects: the M came from music, the U from language, S from history, I from reading and C from science. Dark brown ukuleles lined the east and west walls, under the windows and red curtains. […]Read more "Instrumental to learning"
In 35 short years, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart produced over 600 works for symphony, concert, chamber, opera and choir, including Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro (and some less than family friendly works that few speak of today) before suddenly dying in 1791. Despite 200 years and countless theories, speculation remains rampant […]Read more "What Killed Mozart?"
If there is one Ludvig van Beethoven fact everyone knows it’s that he was deaf. But just saying “he was deaf” leaves a lot of pertinent questions unanswered, such as how deaf was he? How did he communicate with people? Of course, the biggest question is how did he compose what is considered some of […]Read more "Was Beethoven Really Deaf When He Wrote All His Music?"
The names that come to mind at the mention of the Italian Renaissance are the likes of Medici, Da Vinci, and Galileo. Few, however, know the name Bartolomeo Cristofori, an accomplished craftsman who lived and worked during that era. You may not know his name, but you do know his greatest invention- the “harpsichord with […]Read more "How the Piano Was Invented"
Everything Elizabeth Stevens says comes out as a song. Kneeling on the floor, surrounded by a group of wide-eyed toddlers, a tambourine in one hand and a drumstick in the other, the 36-year-old music teacher is like a one-woman show. “Music is always going on in my head,” she said. “I often joke that I’m […]Read more "Get to Work: Teacher’s love of music turns into lifelong career"