A new podcast by Anita Holford, co-editor of Music Education Works, features Australian music educator and researcher, Dr Anita Collins. You may know Anita from her TED Ed lesson, How playing an instrument benefits your brain, and her TEDx talk, What if every child had access to music education from birth? And more recently, she’s starred in the Australian version of a British TV show, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’.
A new research report by Youth Music of young people in England, shows that music is essential to their lives, significantly improving their wellbeing.
Mitch Moore, Executive Headteacher St Laurence’s CE Primary School (Coventry) & Queens CE Academy (Nuneaton) Diocese of Coventry Multi-Academy Trust, described in 2014 to the
A useful article from UK’s The Guardian newspaper, collecting together many sources of evidence about the beneficial effects of music in developing brain function.
Todd Rundgren spoke to the South Bend Tribune about the importance of music education and the Spirit of Harmony Foundation.
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.
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.
Making Music – which supports and champions voluntary music in the UK – has a resources section which includes links to research about music and wellbeing.