A study conducted in Germany looked at how different interventions might affect the aggressive behaviour of children, and found that those who received musical training showed less aggressive behaviour when provoked.
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A two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception.
Today I ran across one more xeroxed handout touting the test-taking benefits of music education, defending music as a great tool for raising test scores and making students smarter. It was just one more example among many of the “keep music because it helps with other things“ pieces out there.
By focusing on exams, and undervaluing informal approaches to music, we are preventing young people reaching their full musical potential.
He’s been playing violin for fewer than three years, but Porirua teen Toloa Faraimo has already earned an internship with Orchestra Wellington.
In 2015 a story ran in the UK press which revealed that it was Heather Mills who taught her daughter music, not her ex-husband, Sir Paul McCartney, because he cannot read music notation. McCartney and John Lennon left the job of notating their music for the Beatles to producer George Martin.
A Hungarian film titled “Sing” won 2016’s Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.”