Group music sessions may boost empathy in children

Researchers from Cambridge University have found that regularly playing music in groups may improve children’s ability to empathise with others. They compared empathy skills in children who played weekly music-based games for a year with those who did not. The musical group scored higher in end-of-year tests of how well they recognised other people’s emotions. Click anywhere to read more …

Music could help close achievement gap between poor and affluent students

A study by Northwestern University researchers looked at the impact of music education on at-risk children’s nervous systems and found that music lessons could help them develop language and reading skills.

The researchers spent two summers with children from poor neighbourhoods in Los Angeles who were receiving music lessons through the Harmony Project, a non-profit organisation providing free music education to low income students. Click anywhere to read more …