Classical Music Relieves Stress and Depression

From a study by Morishita Akiyo : This study examined the effectiveness of reducing stress by using classical music on resting females. Twenty females, 23.25.+-.0.68 years old, with normal hearing (experimental group N=10, control group N=10) participated in this study. Read More …

Classical Music and Pregnancy

The popular image of expectant mothers and classical music is that of a woman with Mozart playing through headphones anchored over the developing infant. But you (and your child) might be better off if you simply listen to classical music Read More …

Classical Music Can Break the Cycle of Poverty

The Real Cost of a Music Education It’s unfortunate, but when finances get tight, music and music lessons are often the first thing to get cut from the budget. It’s not only unfortunate because a classical music education should be Read More …

Of Mice and Music

My job keeps getting easier as my friends and readers start to send me email about studies they run across! Thank you to Teena Johnson for alerting me to Francesco Angelucci, Marco Fiore, Enzo Ricci, Luca Padua, Andrea Sabino, and Read More …

Classical Musicians Think Differently

One of my friends, Keith Ray, sent me news of a study by Crystal Gibson, Bradley Folley and Sohee Park via email (excerpted below): Vanderbilt University psychologists have found that professionally trained musicians more effectively use a creative technique called Read More …

Learning to Play Piano Improves Math Skills

From a study by AB Graziano, M Peterson, and GL Shaw : It was predicted, based on a mathematical model of the cortex, that early music training would enhance spatial-temporal reasoning. We have demonstrated that preschool children given six months Read More …

Music and Memory

From a study by MH Thaut, DA Peterson, and GC McIntosh : In a series of experiments, we have begun to investigate the effect of music as a mnemonic device on learning and memory and the underlying plasticity of oscillatory Read More …