Despite glitzy talent shows like “The Voice” or “American Idol,” music is less a road to riches and fame than it is a path to real learning for countless kids in communities across the nation. When children study music, they are developing the part of their brains they use for language and reasoning. Music education […]Read more "Test scores are important, but so is music education"
Music is everywhere. It is playing in cars, stores, movies, radios, phones and even at school! We are taught that music education is important, but few of us know just how important music really is. First, music can help with decreasing stress. Second, it can help us to be more creative. Lastly, music helps to […]Read more "Music gives soul to universe; flight to mind"
FROM MATH TO ENGLISH TO COMMUNICATION, MUSIC STUDY HAS BIG IMPACT As the members of the Great Falls Symphony orchestra prepared to rehearse one night in March, musicians warmed up before conductor Gordon Johnson stepped to the stand. Clarinets bounced up and down scales, the vibrations from the lower register of a tuba vibrated teeth, […]Read more "Research shows significant changes to brains of musicians"
The benefits of music education are widely reported. Playing an instrument has been shown to have significant cognitive benefits. Creative thinking, social and emotional intelligence, coordination, memorisation and auditory processing are all thought to improve in school-age children who learn music. This makes it hard to argue with the fact that learning music is a […]Read more "Force-feeding kids classical music isn’t the answer"
Prin Dumas loves music. Her husband, a former DJ, does too. The two have used their passion for music to teach their children about their family history, to understand their parents’ lives better and to help them become more educated, according to Dumas’ recent article for NJ.com. “Music is fun, but music is also difficult […]Read more "Why music matters when you’re raising a child"
We reveal how to choose a playlist that will improve your ability to focus on your schoolwork. Listening to your favourite music while studying can supercharge pre-exam productivity, but it needs to be low in “psychological arousal”, according to expert research. Choosing the right songs and artists, and choosing music that is familiar to you, […]Read more "How music can make you a better student"
Nanette Nielsen, a newly appointed researcher at the Department of Musicology, has just completed a research project in which she and her colleagues studied film soundtracks and their potential effect. The study was conducted using the innovative and prize-winning ‘pervasive drama’ The Memory Dealer by Rik Lander; a theatrical experience that involved the audience – […]Read more "The psychological effects of film music"