Stories/case studies written by Anita Holford and featuring music work with young people in challenging circumstances, supported through Youth Music’sMusical Inclusion programme. If you’re involved in working with young people through music and/or reaching young people who may be disengaged from learning and from life, then these stories will be of interest. To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt.
Article by Dr Douglas Lonie, Research and Evaluation Manager at UK charity Youth Music, encouraging music educators to look at all the areas of change that can take place through music making (for participants, workforce, organisations and the communities in which this takes place). To read more, click anywhere on this excerpt …
In May 2011, the U.S. President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announced the release of its landmark report Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning
This research conducted by the George Washington University found that after a year of engaging in a programme of cultural activities people improved their mental and physical health, were less reliant on medication, had fewer falls and fewer visits to the doctor when compared to a group of similar adults who had not participated in the activity. They also felt happier and less lonely and were generally more active.
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.