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  • Here is one of those research sentences that are so useful when we are explaining how music learning impacts on every child’s development. “The results suggest that systematic extracurricular programs, particularly music-based training, may accelerate the development of inhibitory control and related brain networks earlier in childhood.” This research paper is reporting on the progress […]

  • What would the following behaviours look like in a preschooler? 1 – Inhibitory control: the aspect of inhibitory control that involves resisting temptations and not acting impulsively or prematurely – we would suggest wanting to snatch a toy from another child or jumping on to ask a question before the teacher finished delivering the instructions. […]

  • What is musical play? Is it bashing on an upturned drum in the playground or banging pots and pans on the kitchen floor? Well, it can be both. A different term to use might be musical exploration, the idea that young children get the opportunity to explore sounds. Most playground designs or outdoor spaces take […]

  • One of the biggest issues music learning has is the fact that it seems to be able to do it all; to improve children’s language skills, their ability to pay attention, to read, to problem solve, to calm anxiety, to deal with discomfort, to stick with a difficult situation or question, to remember new ideas […]

  • Music and language: two sides of the human communication coin … This is the start of a brilliant quote from the minds of Prof Nina Kraus and Dr Jessica Slater. … while language is effective for semantically precise communication, the great strength of music lies in its facilitation of social bonding and shared emotion. Both […]

  • As always it is all about context and what you trying the measure. This study found that background music for musicians (not specified in the abstract) lead to greater productivity, believe to be because of greater attention levels, than non musicians. Get access to all of the cutting edge research! Become a member today This […]

  •   “Stay on task, remember what you are doing and think creatively” says every teacher in some way to their students throughout the school test. While we might know what these learning behaviours look like from the outside, do we really know what is going on inside the students brains? And how on earth can […]

  • Music & Literacy Education Is Money Well Spent “It’s about how we spend the money”. That was the catch cry of a number of politicians this week when the preliminary results from NAPLAN were released. Senator Birmingham was referring to the disappointing return on their investment in education. So Senator, what are we spending the […]

  • How Playing A Musical Instrument Benefits Your Brain (Concert Program Insert) This text was written for use in a concert performance program to help educate parents about music learning and brain development as they watch their children perform. There is now an enormous amount of research that has explored, measured, quantified and illuminated the benefits […]

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