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  • 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 […]

  • Well of course it does! This is a great study, not just because it is about jazz learning and improvisation, but also because it is asking the very important question – is all music learning beneficial for brain development or only some types of music learning. Get your students talking about the affects of their […]

  • 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 […]

  • This study looks at how our brains engaged with familiar and unfamiliar music. Turns out our brains sustains engagement with music that is unfamiliar. This is interesting from an educational perspective – we often here the question โ€œshould we keep students engaged through studying/playing/learning music they know?โ€ or alternatively โ€œdifferent music is too challenging for […]

  • 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 […]

  • Our hearing is precious ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘‚ The next generation may experience cognitive decline earlier due to losing their hearing at a younger age. There are many dangers to our hearing health – it could be because our world is noisier than ever or because we many have been using headphones at a high volume for many […]

  • โ€œThe physical and mental benefits of playing an instrument extend to all types of players โ€” from beginners to professional artists. And itโ€™s never too early โ€” or too late โ€” to start. Learning an instrument can help develop your brain when you are a kid; playing an instrument as a senior can help you […]

  • Music = brain pleasure ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’• โ€œThis study shows for the first time a causal role of dopamine in musical pleasure and motivation: enjoying a piece of music, deriving pleasure from it, wanting to listen to it again, being willing to spend money for it, strongly depend on the dopamine released in our synapses,โ€ Learn more […]

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