I think music in itself is healing,” American musician Billy Joel once said. “It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” Most of us would wholeheartedly agree with this statement, and it is this universal bond with music that has led […]Read more "The power of music: how it can benefit health"
Music education is losing funding throughout the U.S., but the benefits it brings are crucial to young children’s brains. As mental health professionals who study peak human performance, we recently received a somewhat surprising invitation to an event happening right in our workplace in the Bronx, N.Y. We say surprising because outside of the New […]Read more "Can Music Education Make Your Child’s Brain Better?"
Brain’s Song In college — well before she decided to become a neuroscientist, or even knew there was such a thing — Reyna Gordon studied opera singing. Her questions for the faculty, however, began drifting beyond melodies and appoggiaturas into the realm of science. Why does music make us feel such strong emotions? How does […]Read more "Vanderbilt researchers seek a new kind of harmony as music unlocks the secrets of the mind"
I once watched a singer pouring out her heart and soul as she held a cordless microphone. Habibi, she sang, in a melancholic tone. Her mournful expression of this one word – habibi (my beloved) – lasted for what seemed like minutes. The singer’s eyes were closed and her coiffured head moved gently from side […]Read more "Taken correctly, music can act as a very powerful medicine"
This article stated that 5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease. They estimate one in eight baby boomers will get the disease. Twenty-one drugs to treat Alzheimer’s have failed over the last nine years. This article is called, “The Healing Power of Music.” In many cases music therapy can ease Alzheimer’s patients’ suffering […]Read more "Music has benefits and no side effects"
Music has powerful effects on mood and information retention of human brains. Now, groundbreaking research by NYU researchers Keith Doelling and David Poeppel suggests that our brains are even more active in listening to music than we might have previously thought. The study of Doelling, a PhD student with the Department of Psychology, and Poeppel, […]Read more "Listening to music? Your brain activity is probably on beat"
If you want your child to retain more when studying for a test, or to have laser-like focus when completing homework assignments, crank up the music. Research indicates that music strengthens areas of the brain that, in a child with ADHD, are weak. Music strengthens the auditory, visual/spatial, and motor cortices of the brain. These […]Read more "“Keys” to Success: Using Music to Help Your Child Study"