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’.
The Rock ‘n’ Read Project in Minnesota uses proven, research-based strategies which help children to read at their grade level through singing.
Professor Nadine Gaab has shown that people who play a musical instrument regularly have higher executive function (EF) skills than non-musicians.
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.