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 …

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 …

Learning to Play a Musical Instrument Increases Motor Skills After Stroke

From a study by Schneider S, Schönle PW, Altenmüller E, and Münte TF: In previous studies, it was shown that there is a need for efficient motor rehabilitation approaches. For this purpose, we evaluated a music-supported training program designed to Read More …

The Role of the Cerebellum

From a study by Neil Gordon: The most important function of the cerebellum may be to coordinate motor function so that movements can be performed smoothly, but there are others. It has been shown that the cerebellum is involved in Read More …

Our Brains Process Language and Music in the Same Way

From a study by Miranda RA and Ullman MT Neuroimage. 2007 Nov 1;38(2):331-45. (Online version not yet available): Language and music share a number of characteristics. Crucially, both domains depend on both rules and memorized representations. Double dissociations between the Read More …

It’s Never Too Late to Benefit from Music Lessons

From a study by Bugos JA, Perlstein WM, McCrae CS, Brophy TS, and Bedenbaugh PH : This study evaluates transfer from domain-specific, sensorimotor training to cognitive abilities associated with executive function. We examined Individualized Piano Instruction (IPI) as a potential Read More …

Practicing Music Reorganizes the Brain

From a study by Riia Milovanova, Mari Tervaniemic, Fiia Takiob, and Heikki Hämäläinenb: (pdf file) To increase our understanding of the phonemic processing skills of musical and nonmusical subjects, the Dichotic Listening task was performed in children and adults with Read More …

Musicians Have Greater Cortical Thickness

From a study by Patrick Bermudez, Jason P. Lerch, Alan C. Evans, Robert J. Zatorre: Subject groups were 53 non-musicians and 53 musicians (10 years or more of musical experience, 21 with absolute pitch). T1 MR images were RF inhomogeneity Read More …

Musical Training Activates the Brain

From a study by P. Bermudez & R.J. Zatorre: An fMRI study was conducted to test the hypothesis that Absolute Pitch (AP), the ability to identify the names of musical pitches without reference to a standard, involves, in part, the Read More …

Musicians Have A Thicker Cerebral Cortex

From a study by Patrick Bermudez, Jason P. Lerch, Alan C. Evans and Robert J. Zatorre: We used a multimethod approach to investigate the neuroanatomical correlates of musicianship and absolute pitch (AP). Cortical thickness measures, interregional correlations applied to these Read More …