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  • Would a pianist make a better surgeon? Isn’t this a fascinating question? In a recent article in the journal Music and Medicine, a team of researchers studied a group of pianists to see if the benefits of learning piano translated into benefits when learning complex and refined motor skills in another domain, specifically surgical skills. […]

  • If you are a musician, then you really do hear the world differently! This study looked at expectation and prediction, and if musical training had any influence on the differences we hear. As a test, the researchers looked at melodies that didn’t finish in an expected or satisfying way. The researchers wondered if music training […]

  • Wouldn’t you love to tell your inner critic to quit it sometimes? It turns out that when musicians improvise, that pesky inner voice that tells us “don’t say that” and warns “what will happen if you’re wrong?” goes quiet. It makes sense, Thelonious Monk said “wrong is right” in jazz and if this is so, […]

  • Do men and women hear differently? Maybe. This report speaks on the lack of auditory processing differences at birth and in young children, but how differences may appear in adolescents as puberty changes our brains and bodies. This research has interesting implications – it may contribute to our understanding of why males seem more vulnerable […]

  • We are sharing this again because it is just so good. Music-making and music sharing is such a vital and natural part of children’s play and this study shows that. “Science has shown that music’s effect on the brain is particularly strong, with studies demonstrating an improvement in IQ among students who receive music lessons. […]

  • Finally, that song that keeps playing on a loop inside our heads for no apparent reason has a name – stuck song syndrome! In this interview with neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas she explains what it is. “So, earworms are a term that we use for songs that get stuck in our heads. The […]

  • 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 […]

  • To get control of our inhibitory control, preschoolers might first need to get a hold of the beat! This study looked at the different impacts of a rhythm based music program and a melody based music program on different aspects of the executive function of preschoolers. Anyone who has spent time with a preschooler would […]

  • 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 […]

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