Breaking News in the World of Opera

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 …

Music Instruction Improves Math Performance

From “An Intelligence View of Music Education,” Arthur Harvey, Leka Nu Hou (Hawaii), February 1997. “The Council on Basic Education conducted a study comparing the amount of time spent on the arts by schools in Germany, Japan, England, and the 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 …

Music Lessons Help Students with Reading Disabilities

From a study by Register D, Darrow AA, Standley J, and Swedberg O: The purpose of the present study was to determine the efficacy of using music as a remedial strategy to enhance the reading skills of second-grade students 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 …

Congress Unanimously Endorsed Music Education

Did this ever slip by us, under the radar! In case you were wondering, the passage of this resolution was unanimous in both houses of Congress. H.Con.Res.121 Agreed to May 15, 2007 One Hundred Tenth Congress of the United States Read More …

Music Improves Recall in Certain Lessons

From a study by Erin Lewis : In traditional reading and CARE lessons (a curriculum used to help students learn to read and identify sounds), music is not played to enhance the learning environment. However, some studies have shown that 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 …