A new study by the University of Bath shows that learning to play the piano can improve the brain’s ability to process sights and sounds, and can help to improve mood.
Tag: music and the brain
Why music lessons make you a better learner
In both the UK and the US, school music is facing continuing pressures. Yet at the same time, there continues to be growing evidence for the cognitive benefits of music learning.
Music can improve concentration in some children with ADHD
According to a team of researchers led by Florida International University, listening to music while studying may help some children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Music in childhood boosts brains in later life
Research by The University of Edinburgh shows that taking up a musical instrument in childhood and adolescence is associated with improved thinking skills in older age.
Mapping the musical mind: the link between musical and language processing￼
Researchers in Japan have found a specific link between musical processing and areas of the brain associated with language processing for the first time.
Pre-school children who can keep a beat are more likely to be better readers and talkers
This research on why beat synchronisation and language processing and reading skills are connected can only strengthen music education teaching and advocacy.
Music lessons enhance executive functions in 6- to 7-year-old children
Researchers in Germany have found that instrumental music lessons have an impact on specific executive functions in children.
Musical training can help us maintain brain health as we age
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.
Children who regularly play a musical instrument have better memory and attention span
Neuroscientists in Chile have found new evidence that learning to play a musical instrument may be good for the brain.
Music for Education & Wellbeing Podcast: Dr Anita Collins on music & 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’.
How beatboxing can help young people with speech problems
Beatboxing can help young people overcome speech problems, and some neuroscientists think it could help to unlock the brain’s potential.
Music training can improve decision-making, focus and impulse management
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.