Not everyone can be the next Jack White, but playing the guitar – or piano, or violin – can make students smarter in lots of other areas, according to science. New research from Northwestern University in Chicago suggests learning and playing music sharpens other cognitive skills in young minds – including listening and language. “Results […]Read more "Music lessons can make students smarter"
“Often a single experience will open the young soul to music for a whole lifetime. This experience cannot be left to chance. It is the duty of the school to provide it.” -Zoltán Kodály, 1929 When you sing, you use an instrument that belongs only to you. You open and share a part of yourself […]Read more "Singing in Early Childhood"
The notion that musical training can have positive effects on cognitive functions other than music has long been a source of interest. Research first emerged at the beginning of the 20th century. Standardised assessments of IQ and musical ability suggested the two were correlated – and it was thought that participation in musical training could […]Read more "Musical training can accelerate brain development and help with literacy skills"
Your taste in music is linked to how outgoing, generous, creative or hard-working you are. Find out where you fit The type of tunes you choose to listen to can say a lot about your personality, how you act and how old you are. Research, carried out by Professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University in […]Read more "What your taste in music says about you"
Hermann Nieweler loved jazz. His jazz club, a cosy venue that has operated on View Street for 29 years, was a labour of love for him. It allowed him to host — and see — the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Dewey Redman, Loudon Wainwright III, Judy Collins and David Francey, and provided local musicians with […]Read more "Studies show music benefits the brain"
Around the same time every year, eager Stereosonic punters across the nation hit the gym and drop their daily calorie intake in order to commence their annual “shredding for Stereo” rituals. But according to a new study, they’re burning plenty of calories at the festival as it is. According to Metro, while many of us […]Read more "TURNS OUT, MUSIC FESTIVALS ARE ACTUALLY GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH"
Research by the Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science demonstrates the positive benefits of engaging with music A new scientific study based on research by the Royal College of Music’s Centre for Performance Science has proven what singers and those who regularly attend classical music concerts have long known: that classical music physically […]Read more "New scientific study shows that singing and attending classical music concerts physically reduces stress"