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 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 …

Haydn Beats Hypertension

From a study by Chafin S, Roy M, Gerin W, and Christenfeld N.: OBJECTIVES: Interventions that reduce the magnitude of cardiovascular responses to stress are justified, at least in part, by the notion that exaggerated responses to stress can damage Read More …

Mozart and Monet?

From a study by Waugh, Russell F. and Riddoch, Jane V.: There are few studies measuring the effects on painting quality of playing background classical music at special schools. Primary students with severe intellectual disabilities (N=24) were taught abstract painting Read More …

Does Your Music Affect Your Personality?

From a study by Schiltz L, Maugendre M, and Brytek-Matera A.: Questing one’s personal identity and developing a coherent representation of oneself, the other and the world are major tasks in adolescence. Research showed that a satisfactory resolution of the Read More …

Name that Tune

From a study by Carney, Russell N. and Levin, Joel R.: Students enrolled in music appreciation and music history courses may find it difficult to remember composers’ names and the titles of their compositions — particularly when retrieval is prompted Read More …

Tempo Affects Perception of Pain

From a study by Kenntner-Mabiala, Ramona, Gorges, Susanne, Alpers, Georg W, Lehmann, Andreas C, and Pauli, Paul: The present study investigated affective and physiological responses to changes of tempo and mode in classical music and their effects on heat pain Read More …

Serenity Now! for Athletes

From a study by Bock, O: It is well established that listening to music can modify subjects’ cognitive performance. The present study evaluates whether this so-called Mozart Effect extends beyond cognitive tasks and includes sensorimotor adaptation. Three subject groups listened Read More …