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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Have you ever been in a very noisy place, maybe at a restaurant for a dinner with 10 people and there are multiple conversations going on, not just at your table but at all the tables around you. I was at such an event the other day with people between the ages of 25 and […]

  • This is not new, but recent research helps us understand why it works. The abstract says “The primary musical features of infant-directed singing are ideal for emotional coordination and sharing between parent and infant without the risk of over-stimulation.” Check out our posters designed to get your students talking about the benefits of music! What […]

  • How efficiently is your brain working today? ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽป๐Ÿ˜ƒ Music learning trains the brain to use less brain resources when compared with non musically trained people (and in this case those who are also bilingual). The cognitive function featured in this article is working memory, which is the part of our brain that is important for […]

  • Music processing uses something called top-down and bottom-up processing. Think about when we listen to music, we can appreciate the whole sound at the same time as identifying individual parts of the sound. With ADHD this processing, which requires synchronised timing inside our brains, is disrupted and leads to problems with attention and inhibition. The […]

  • Music and speech – two peas in a babyโ€™s brain pod ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ In this study they found that 9 month old babies who had one month of exposure to directed music listening improved not only their auditory processing of music but also their language. So little time, so much benefit! ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ—ฃ Become a BBB Member […]

  • Music is medicine and one we can prescribe to ourselves ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŽถโค๏ธ This fascinating study proposes that we use music for different reasons at different stages of our lives. With this knowledge therapists and educators could use music in more effective ways. Here is the impact statement, letโ€™s break it down. โ€œThe younger participants listened to […]

  • Want to ‘train your brain’? Forget apps, learn a musical instrument! ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽท๐ŸŽบ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽป We have shared this article because it is a good way to look at the impact of music learning on the brain when compared to the more modern and technological approaches to brain development, enhancement or improvement. Imagine a poster set that shows […]

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