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  • 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 […]

  • Participants in this study were older adults who engaged in a three month music or visual art program. Places are filling up fast! Book now to become a certified BBB Educator “Our findings reveal a causal relationship between art training (music and visual art) and neuroplastic changes in sensory systems, with some of the neuroplastic […]

  • Listening to music syncs our brain, but then we get bored. There is a theory called the theory of familiarity in music. It is, as described at the end of this article, the idea of an inverted U. As we listen to music over and over again we like it more and more, but then […]

  • 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 “should we keep students engaged through studying/playing/learning music they know?” or alternatively “different 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 […]

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

  •   “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 […]

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