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 …

Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 6

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

This entry is part 6 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 Is Classical Music Elitist? Part 4 Is Classical Music Read More …

Music Training is All in your Head

From a study by Gottfried Schlaug, Andrea Norton, Katie Overy, and Ellen Winner (pdf) : Preliminary results of our longitudinal study in five- to seven-year-old children suggest that cognitive and brain effects from instrumental music training can be found [emphasis 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 …

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 …