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  • Music has been used as an intervention around the world to help students, and inevitably whole communities, who are living in challenging circumstances. These circumstances have a profound effect on children’s brain development and their education, and music programs have had seemingly miraculous impacts on both the social and educational issues associated with disadvantage. Cutting […]

  • But, we don’t yet know how it (your brain) functions differently to result in the ability to identify a pitch individually. In the research, perfect pitch, which is a commonly used term, is referred to as absolute or AP pitch. Researchers have known for sometime that the brain structures (parts) of a person with absolute […]

  • “In today’s world, filled with myriad parenting methods and high-tech toys that promise to enhance infant development, it is easy to overlook how fundamental the time-honoured practice of music is for all children—starting pre-birth. Music is crucial for babies in every developmental sense: with regards to communication and language; emotional and social well-being, and even […]

  • 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 […]

  • “A common argument against daily music education is that it takes time away from teaching fundamentals such as reading and math. But evidence shows that music training actually improves children’s reading and math skills, suggesting that it can pay dividends in more traditional academic domains” Want to know more? Subscribe to Bigger Better Brains today […]

  • If you’re a musically trained person, your fluid intelligence is probably highly developed! But what is fluid intelligence? Fluid intelligence is the ability to think abstractly and solve problems. The authors in this study (see link) explain that fluid intelligence is a set of “skills that are highlighted in musical training, in which successful performance […]

  • How does drumming assist school children diagnosed with autism? Did you struggle to maintain your concentration when doing your homework? Maybe you should have learnt rock drum kit. In this study (see link) they found that 10 weeks of rock drum kit improved dexterity, rhythm, timing and the ability to maintain attention for children with […]

  • 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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