Breaking News in the World of Opera

This entry is part 03 of 15 in the series Black Classical Music History

In the U.S.A., February is celebrated as Black History Month, and this year, we really have something to celebrate! Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English-born composer (not to be confused with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the eighteenth-century poet), wrote an opera titled Thelma Read More …

Musical Education Improves Linguistic Ability

For those of you who are not familiar with Howard Gardiner, he proposed that there were several kinds of intelligences: Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal. In the next few weeks, I’ll be showing how music education can Read More …

Music In Our Schools Month

March is National Music in Our Schools Month, and in honor of the occasion, I thought I’d present you with a top ten list of why children should be encouraged to listen to classical music and learn to play an Read More …

Musicians Have Better Brainstems

From a study by Wong PC, Skoe E, Russo NM, Dees T, and Kraus N: Music and speech are very cognitively demanding auditory phenomena generally attributed to cortical rather than subcortical circuitry. We examined brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch and Read More …

Sight-reading Enhances Cognitive Function

From a study by Sluming V, Brooks J, Howard M, Downes JJ, and Roberts N: We provide neurobehavioral evidence supporting the transferable benefit of music training to alter brain function and enhance cognitive performance [emphasis added] in a nonmusical visuospatial Read More …

Musical and Linguistic Skills Share Neural Mechanisms

From a study by Milovanov R, Huotilainen M, Välimäki V, Esquef PA, and Tervaniemi M., published in Brain Res. 2007 : [online version not yet available] The main focus of this study was to examine the relationship between musical aptitude Read More …