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 …

The Mozart Effect Redeemed

From a study by Terry D. Bilhartz, Rick A. Bruhna and Judith E. Olson : The relationship between participation in a structured music curriculum and cognitive development was studied with 71 4- through 6-year olds. Children were pre- and posttested Read More …

So Your Child Wants to Quit Piano?

According to E. Glenn Schellenberg, organized music lessons have a real and lasting positive effect on children’s IQ and performance, and the longer the lessons continue, the greater the benefit. Each month of lessons resulted in an average IQ increase Read More …