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Music Education can help children cope with stress

Music Education can help children cope with stress

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.

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

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.

Stop Defending Music Education

Stop Defending Music Education

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.

Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

Music education is out of tune with how young people learn

By focusing on exams, and undervaluing informal approaches to music, we are preventing young people reaching their full musical potential.

Rising star Toloa Faraimo, 15, earns internship with Orchestra Wellington

Rising star Toloa Faraimo, 15, earns internship with Orchestra Wellington

He’s been playing violin for fewer than three years, but Porirua teen Toloa Faraimo has already earned an internship with Orchestra Wellington.

Musical Literacy: a skill of some note

Musical Literacy: a skill of some note

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.

Stop obsessing over talent – everyone can sing!

Stop obsessing over talent – everyone can sing!

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.”

How to improve school results

How to improve school results

Bradford primary school wants the world to know its newfound SATs success is down to giving all children up to six hours of music a week.