This research was conducted by Gunter Kreutz, Stephan Bongard, Sonja Rohrmann, Volker Hodapp and Dorothee Grebe at Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, Germany (now at the University of Oldenburg, Germany). It concluded that singing could be an important means of relieving stress and improving health. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
Researchers in Canada found that after the music lessons (whether voice or keyboard) children increased their IQ when compared with those in the drama and control groups. To read more click anywhere on this excerpt …
In January 2014, Ruth Blatt posted an article on the Forbes website, reporting that a career in the performing arts is great preparation for a career in business.
Billy Bragg focused on music education in his 2012 John Peel Lecture, and expressed a concern that creativity is increasingly a pursuit of the wealthy. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
In July 2014, the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, gave the keynote speech at a Grammy Museum event in Los Angeles to salute teachers who use music in innovative ways as part of their lessons. She stressed that music and other forms of art often connect with students and enhance their interest in core subjects such as maths, science and history. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
Making Music – which supports and champions voluntary music in the UK – has a resources section which includes links to research about music and wellbeing.
A short article in Scientific American says that neuroscience research is proving the benefits of music education to young people’s wider learning, and that US schools should be adding music classes, not cutting them. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
The Royal Conservatory of Music, Ontario, Canada, has published an informative booklet about the benefits of music education, including interviews with researchers, diagrams, and information about research sources. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
Michael Griffin, author of ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’ has explored the connections between music and other Gardner-listed multiple intelligences. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
The Music and Neuroimaging Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess & Harvard Medical School researches the use of music and musical stimuli as an interventional tool for educational and therapeutic purposes.
‘Music education is an education for life’ – Harry Chalmiers, President of McNally Smith College of Music (St. Paul, Minn.)
A team led by Professor Suzanne Purdy at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research is researching the value of its CeleBRation Choir for people who have communication problems through brain disease. The members of the Choir are people who live with the effects of stroke, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, along with other neurological conditions. People with these conditions may have problems speaking but find they can still sing. To read more click anywhere on this excerpt …