This research on why beat synchronisation and language processing and reading skills are connected can only strengthen music education teaching and advocacy.
Researchers in Germany have found that instrumental music lessons have an impact on specific executive functions in children.
A study by staff at the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and the University of Texas, raises the possibility that musical training may help offset age-related declines in brain volume in older adults.
Neuroscientists in Chile have found new evidence that learning to play a musical instrument may be good for the brain.
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’.
Beatboxing can help young people overcome speech problems, and some neuroscientists think it could help to unlock the brain’s potential.
The only way to correctly assess the effects of music training on child development is to study children before they start any music training and to follow them systematically thereafter.
Using musical cues to learn a physical task develops an important part of the brain, according to a new study by the University of Edinburgh.
Dr Nina Kraus explains the vital role of music in learning at this ARTSpeaks event in Illinois in 2017.
A study by Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia found that musically trained children had better melody, rhythm, and frequency discrimination, and were better at statistical learning.
A useful infographic about the relationship between music education and brain development, thanks to Ward-Brodt Music Store, Wisconsin, USA.
Researchers at the Dutch-speaking university, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, in Brussels, Belgium have discovered that music lessons can help children to concentrate.