Tag Archives: Music

Music can help lift our kids out of the literacy rut, but schools in some states are still missing out

Music can help lift our kids out of the literacy rut, but schools in some states are still missing out

The 2005 National Review of School Music Education found many Australian students missed out on music education, with massive disparities between states. In 2020, our research for the Tony Foundation found the same issues, despite the fact that the Australian Curriculum for Music should guarantee some level of consistency. We now have evidence that we should be concerned about music education […] … learn more→

What’s your school closures playlist? Why music should be part of parents’ pandemic survival strategy

What’s your school closures playlist? Why music should be part of parents’ pandemic survival strategy

With pandemic school closures in place in Ontario, Québec, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island until Jan. 17, and other provinces on watch, music could be important for maintaining the well-being of children and families. Many are concerned about the effects of closures on student and family well-being. While scientists and government officials are busy developing strategies to defeat the Omicron variant, young children — whom UNICEF […] … learn more→

Music in special education centers, a possible adventure

Music in special education centers, a possible adventure

When a music education specialist comes to a special education center for the first time, the first thing he asks himself is what he can do and, above all, how he is going to do it. Although it is something that students tend to like very much, the Music subject should not be considered as […] … learn more→

What music to choose to play sports or work?

What music to choose to play sports or work?

At noon on March 17, 2020, the first health measures to contain the Covid-19 pandemic began. Travel is restricted, public and professional spaces indoors are closed. The practice of compulsory teleworking spread almost instantly throughout France. Almost one in 2 people worked from home at least one hour per week during the first four weeks of confinement, while only 3% […] … learn more→

How to learn the piano from the comfort of your home

How to learn the piano from the comfort of your home

Not too long ago, if you wished to learn how to play the piano, you absolutely had to hire a tutor for piano lessons with no other way around it. However, with increases in speed and accessibility of the internet, things are much different now. You can find plenty of resources online and learning to […] … learn more→

Music engagement and achievement predicts higher grades in math, science and English

Music engagement and achievement predicts higher grades in math, science and English

What does maturing mean after elementary school? Here’s one thing it shouldn’t mean: dropping music at school. My colleagues and I at the University of British Columbia studied over 110,000 public school students. We learned that students involved in extended music engagement (between grades 8 – 12) do one full year better academically than non-music peers, […] … learn more→

Learning music early can make your child a better reader

Learning music early can make your child a better reader

Neuroscience has found a clear relationship between music and language acquisition. Put simply, learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read. Music, language and the brain Music processing and language development share an overlapping network in the brain. From an evolutionary perspective, the human brain developed music processing well […] … learn more→

Music – or language in action?

In present-day Western cultures, we tend to underestimate the remarkable overlap between music and language in the functions they fulfil as communicative media. At first glance, music seems to us quite different from language; after all, we clearly cannot exchange information through music as we do through language. But if we shift our cultural perspective, […] … learn more→