One of the most famous classical musicians on the planet is set to tinkle the ivories in Leeds for the first time. Chinese pianist Lang Lang, who played to around four billion viewers at the opening of the Beijing Olympics, will help to raise money for the world-renowned piano competition ‘The Leeds’. He was announced […]Read more "Chinese piano star Lang Lang to play at ‘The Leeds’"
Can musical training improve an ACT score? Can musical knowledge help a person be a better problem solver? Can a musical background help someone make more money in a future job? According to members of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), the answer to all of the above is yes! MMEA and Classical Minnesota Public […]Read more "Music makes us whole"
Across the country music teachers believe that factors at the school level have the greatest impact on their programs. Matters beyond the school are not seen as having a significant influence on their programs, even though district, state and national educational policies have an effect on music education; according to a new study published in […]Read more "Music teachers share their unique perspective on music education in America"
A renowned Belfast businessman has spoken of how he “found solace” by using his passion for playing the piano to make a charity CD after being diagnosed with dementia. Kevin McAlindon (79) was well-known as the chairman of Direct Wine Shipments. He and his family were told the devastating news in August 2013 that he […]Read more "Playing piano helped wine tycoon Kevin McAlindon deal with his dementia"
It’s known as the “musician’s advantage.” For decades, educators, scientists, and researchers have observed that students who pick up musical instruments tend to excel in academics—taking the lead in measures of vocabulary, reading, and non-verbal reasoning and attention skills, just to name a few. But why musical training conferred such an advantage remained a bit […]Read more "Music Makes You a Better Reader, Says Neuroscience"
If you’ve picked up a newspaper lately or scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter feeds, you know there’s been a lot of talk recently about the new statewide testing system. Testing and learning standards are critical to what we do as a school district, and most agree that some system of accountability is essential to […]Read more "Event celebrates music’s importance to education"
Every year almost 100% of public school students begin an instrument though their school’s music program (if a program exists). One or two years later, more than 50% of students quit; unable to enjoy all that music education has to offer for the rest of their K-12 schooling, if not beyond. During my time as […]Read more "Why Students Really Quit Their Musical Instrument (and How Parents Can Prevent It)"