Videos about the benefits of music education and music.

The Guardian reports on the day Tinie Tempah has his brain scanned ‘on music’

What really happens to our brains when we hear music?’ That’s the question asked by Richard Vine of The Guardian at the start of his feature about the day that rapper Tinie Tempah agreed to let scientists scan his brain.

There follows a fascinating article shaped around research undertaken by Professor Slawomir Nasuto, director of Reading University’s Brain Embodiment Laboratory, and Dr Ian Daly on the Brain Computer Music Interface for Monitoring and Inducing Affective States (BCMI-MIdAS) – a joint project with a team at the University of Plymouth lead by Professor Eduardo Miranda.

Normally the pair work with undergraduate students. But their participant for this experiment was award-winning rapper Tinie Tempah. For Professor Slawomir Nasuto and Dr Ian Daly, this is the “holy grail” at the heart of a five-year project. They’re hoping to harness the emotional power of music for therapeutic uses – “to create a system which eventually will be able to help people with depression and different forms of emotional disorders associated with neurological disorders.”


For the experiment, they get subjects like Tinie to listen to music under laboratory conditions: hooked up to an EEG (electroencephalogram) while having their brains scanned from the inside of an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) machine. By combining the data collected, a fuller picture of what’s happening when we experience emotions emerges; we can see what areas of the brain are being stimulated when our brains are listening to music, and how much activity there is. In other words, what your brain looks like “on music”.

Watch the video of Tinie Tempah’s brain on music or read more using the sources below.


The Guardian:
Music Channel Blog:

Eddie Van Halen on the importance of music education


CNN interviewed rock star Eddie Van Halen recently, about his work with Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a group that helps get instruments to economically-disadvantaged young people. In 2012, Eddie Van Halen donated 75 guitars from his personal collection to students in low-income schools.

“Could you imagine a world without music? It’s a must,” the Van Halen legend told CNN in a new interview. “It has to be taught.”

“Our goal is to give kids every tool they can possibly have to succeed. Music is the common denominator,” foundation president and CEO Felice Mancini said. “You put a kid in a music class and it builds community, communication and they find a place. It’s a safe haven.”



Rolling Stone:



Music and the brain

In this 50m 45s YouTube clip, Dr Nina Kraus speaks with Charles Limb in this lively back-and-forth talk on music and the brain at the San Diego Symphony. Small ensembles perform as part of the talk, which was one of the highlights of the Auditory Neuroscience Lab’s visit to 2016’s Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) conference.

Strengthening music education in Utah schools

In this 96 second video, the Legacy Music Alliance, based in Utah in the US, explains why it believes that music education is important to all communities. Some people think that music classes are simply about making music, but within the walls of a music classroom, character is developed, emotions expressed, and work ethic is instilled.

Videos from the US to help parents and grandparents advocate for music education

This is a 5 minute promotional video from 2013 from the National Association of Music Parents – based in Indiana, USA. The aim of the Association is to mobilise parents and grandparents in the USA to unite with teachers and the music industry, to “turn up the volume” and be heard.

This 4 minute video – also posted by the National Association of Music Parents – contains useful facts, quotes and statistics that people can use when advocating music education. Please note that there’s no commentary with this video.

The importance of music education for schools – video from Children’s Music Workshop, LA

This 4m video by the Children’s Music Workshop in Los Angeles, California, presents a powerful argument for the importance of music in the school curriculum.

School music classes have been shown to be the key to opening a child’s mind to not only the joy and thrill of making music, but music is a conduit to understanding scientific concepts, improving maths skills and developing reading and listening skills.

Active music making enhances a child’s enthusiasm for school and stimulates her or his vivid imagination. Only when music education is part of the curriculum is a school making its commitment to provide the opportunity for each child to develop her or his full potential.

Reaching young people in challenging circumstances

A series of videos from Musinc, which works with young people in challenging circumstances in Teeside.

Making in work … in a pupil referral unit

Making it work … with young offenders

Making it work … to develop youth leadership skills and confidence

See the full series of videos on Musinc’s YouTube page.

This work was funded as part of Youth Music’s Musical Inclusion programme.

Find out more about Youth Music and the outcomes from its funding.

Read research reports from Youth Music.

Dr Nina Kraus interviewed about the effects of music on the brain


Dr. Nina Kraus discusses ongoing work in the Auditory Neuroscience Lab examining the benefits of music making on the brain. See also the following pages on this website:

Music can help close the achievement gap between poor and affluent young people

Active participation in music can rewire young people’s brains

Search under ‘Nina Kraus’ in the search bar at the top of this website for the latest updates from her research.