Playing music with toddlers could benefit their development even more than shared reading, according to University of Queensland research.
Walter Bitner writes in praise of the wholehearted attention displayed by students who make music, and how it can be applied to other moments in their lives.
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) in Washington DC published a useful advocacy document for music education in 2011, funded by the Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium. It was based on a review of an extensive body of high-quality, evidence-based studies that document student learning outcomes in and through music.
A study by researchers led by Dr Nina Kraus of Northwestern University suggests that music training can help people’s auditory attention to mature during pivotal developmental years and is believed to provide the first direct evidence of a ‘biological index for enhanced selective auditory attention in young musicians’. The researchers say that is an important consideration for educators and educational policy-makers involved in curriculum design.
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