Music Training May Reduce Examination Stress

From a study by Laohawattanakun J, Chearskul S, Dumrongphol H, Jutapakdeegul N, Yensukjai J, Khumphan N, Niltiean S, Thangnipon W: Several pieces of evidence suggest that academic examinations fulfill the classical requirement of a psychological stressor. Academic examinations represent a Read More …

Music Makes the Mind

From a study by Shore, Rebecca and Strasser, Janis: Hearing causes brain cells (neurons) to connect and neural networks to form. Advanced brain-scan technology and neuroscience research reveal that when children participate in music, the brain “light[s] up like a 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 …

Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Is Classical Music Elitist?

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Is Classical Music Elitist?Continued from: Is Classical Music Elitist? Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 2 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 3 Passions run high in debates on classical music, and 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 …

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 …

Mozart Improves Math Scores

Published without attribution or any details in the China Daily: The latest summer camp organized by the Shanghai local government is applying Mozart’s music to improving students’ math scores.One group of student campers solved geometry problems with Mozart sonatas playing Read More …

Leveling the Playing Field

I have decided, contrary to my usual custom, to reprint this letter to Nature by researchers Martin Gardiner, Alan Fox, Faith Knowles, and Donna Jeffrey almost in its entirety, precisely because it is so succinct. Sir — It has been Read More …