In the midst of the dreary midterm season, concentrating on studying for long periods at a time can be a challenge for any McGill student. The advent of technology makes a plethora of hacks to circumvent distraction available to students at the mere click of a mouse, from time management solutions, such as the Pomodoro Technique, […]Read more "Studying to Stravinsky: The benefits of listening to classical music during midterm season"
Popular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence – has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”. This interest in the relationship between musical aptitude on ability and intelligence has been around for some time. But despite these beliefs being pretty widespread, there is still […]Read more "How music benefits children"
Music is everywhere: on the radio, in movies and television shows and as a backdrop when shopping or celebrating milestones. Music is an integral part of cultures all over the world. Music can express emotions not easily conveyed otherwise. It also provides a sense of community and belonging and can help unite the divided. Playing […]Read more "How music and singing benefits children"
Times are changing. When I first became a music therapist more than 22 years ago, most of the general public had never even heard of my profession. When people asked me what I did for a living, some were curious and wanted to know more, while others looked at me as if I were selling […]Read more "Challenging assumptions about how music helps"
While my wife Janis and I have known each other for several years, several months after our spouses passed away and we began to see each other, I soon came to realize what a brilliant person she truly is. And I say that not just because she was smart enough to marry me, ha. Granted, […]Read more "Music exercises the brain"
If you’ve ever performed in front of a crowd, you know the feeling when you walk onstage and the spotlight is focused entirely on you. The sea of people extends before you, hidden in the darkness, their eyes and ears all trained intently on you. They’re waiting for you to deliver your speech, sing a […]Read more "The Quad: The unexpected benefits of playing music"
A study, published in the journal Brain and Cognition, finds that trained musicians have faster reaction times than their non-musical peers. The study was conducted at the Université de Montréal’s School of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. Led by Simon Landry, the research formed part of his doctoral thesis in biomedical science. His area of […]Read more "Musicians have faster reaction times"