Research Updates

Here at Bigger Better Brains we believe that through educating yourself, you can then educate and affect positive change in your community.

With all of the research in the field of neuromusical science, our BBB Research section serves as a content hub for you. We regularly share findings and break down the latest research to educate and inspire discussion. We hope you enjoy this page on our website and share BBB news with your colleagues, parents and students.

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  • In a new study, it has been found that preschoolers who have better vocabulary and attention skills are more likely to be better at school This is not a shocking finding. Early childhood educators have been aware of this connection and indeed school readiness programs focus on building both of these skills. The dots that aren’t […]

  • Introducing Fireworks, our brand-new quarterly magazine for BBB+ members. Packed with BBB success stories and updates, a community interview, pieces written by Dr Anita Collins, and so much more. Fireworks will inspire and motivate you to advocate for music education. BBB+ members have already received their copy of the full BBB magazine. If you are […]

  • Issue 002 of Fireworks, the BBB magazine is now available to all BBB+ members. Packed with BBB success stories and updates, a community interview, pieces written by Dr Anita Collins, and so much more. Fireworks will inspire and motivate you to advocate for music education. If you are not a member, click below and to […]

  • Some of you may have seen a video that the NSW government released last week titled, “Maths Trains Brains”. One of our members challenged us to re-create our own to help broaden the thinking around music learning. Help us change the narrative by sharing this video. #MusictrainsBrains  

  • Do you remember your first music experience? The concerts in the lounge room for mum and dad, playing hot cross buns on repeat… EVERY student deserves music education! From reading to social skills, the skills students learn in music transfer to all! Download and Share #MusictrainsBrains  

  • Music learning has so many amazing benefits for students, but did you know that music learning is often used as a therapy tool for children with autism. Here is one of the best TEDx Talks we have found in the while that talks about the incredible impact of music learning of the autistic brain. Enjoy […]

  • Drummers, very unfairly, can be the target of some pretty mean jokes and stereotypes. For example, What do you call a drummer with half a brain? Gifted! However, neuromusical research might just be putting an end to all of these unfair jokes. Drummers, specifically drumkit players have fascinating brains. They are an excellent group to […]

  • Do you have a favourite song or rhyme that you sang to your baby? Or do you remember a song that was sung to you when you were very young? Well it turns out that the more we are sung to or hear language in a rhyming style, the more sensitive our brains are to […]

  • Which music education method is best? This is a question we receive often at BBB and the answer is, we are not sure yet. The reason why we aren’t sure just yet is that there has not been an exhaustive amount of research on any one method of music teaching. There has also not been […]

  • Dyslexia, beta waves and rhythm processing – that is a mouthful of tricky words. But in this new study, they are all connected and could reveal new understandings about the brain mechanisms that cause dyslexia. Firstly, what is dyslexia? Developmental dyslexia is a reading disorder that features difficulties in perceiving and tracking rhythmic regularities in […]

  • Bilingualism and music learning have often been connected when it comes to auditory processing development. Do you know why? The reason for this connection is that music and language share an overlapping neural network, so the more we use that overlapping network, the faster, better and more effectively our language and music development will be. […]

  • For almost a decade now we have understood that music listening activates the reward network in the brain. The reward network sends impulses around our brain that make us feel “rewarded” which are those same feelings when we are recognised for something good that we have done. Think back, can you remember a time when […]

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