According to recently published research by the University of Toronto–Mississauga, third- and fourth-graders in Canada who initially scored low in sympathy and helpfulness developed those qualities at above-average rates if they took group 40-minute music lessons for a full school year.
A new research study by the University of Oxford, published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal, has provided the first evidence for an ‘ice-breaker effect’ of singing in bringing strangers closer together.
Research supported by U.S charity the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation – which is funded by NAMM Members through trade association activities and private donations –
is expanding understanding about the impact of music making and music education, the importance of music at every stage of life, and relationships between music and physical and emotional wellness.
In this article, originally published on the Musicstage website, Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen, both parents of a young musician, look at whether learning music really can make a difference to childrens’ futures.
We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. But is it all supposition and pseudo-science?
Peter Greene, a teacher and writer, recently posted an article on the Huffington Post website where he asks people to stop ‘defending’ music education by pointing to its wider benefits.
Learning music through your youth could protect your brain from cognitive decline in your older years. Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center have evaluated the association between musical instrumental participation and cognitive ageing.
Individuals who practiced a musical instrument during their adolescence and kept it up for at least a decade exhibit better cognitive functions in older age. The reason for this seems to be that musical training has a protective effect on the brain.
A new research review (Jan 2015) by internationally renowned Professor Susan Hallam MBE, UCL Institute of Education, outlines compelling evidence for the benefits of music
The National Foundation for Youth Music (‘Youth Music’) is the leading UK children’s charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. In 2013-14, analysis of the evaluation reports submitted by those organisations funded by Youth Music showed that music-making activities had led to positive musical, personal and social outcomes for children and young people, particularly those in challenging circumstances. Click anywhere on this excerpt to read the full post.
Over the summer of 2013 music organisation Noise Solution worked with seven Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) clients in a pilot project to test the appropriateness and effectiveness of Noise Solution’s methodology for this client group.
The longest study of its kind has shown that musical training could help children to reduce feelings of anxiety, gain a greater control of their emotions and