Music Education

The New Science of Singing Together
By Jacques Launay, Eiluned Pearce | December 4, 2015 |  
Studies find that singing in a choir helps forge social bonds—and it might even make you healthier.

Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds
By Jill Suttie | January 15, 2015 |  
Why would human evolution have given us music? New research says the answer may lie in our drive to connect.

Why We Love Music
By Jill Suttie | January 12, 2015 |  
Researchers are discovering how music affects the brain, helping us to make sense of its real emotional and social power.

Benefits of Music Education

Music Education and Reading/Verbal Skills
The combined results of 30 studies indicate that music instruction is linked to significantly improved reading skills.
Standley, J. M.  (2008).  Does music instruction help children learn to read?  Evidence of a meta-analysis. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 27(1), 17-32.
Researchers have found a correlation between three or more years of instrumental music training and enhanced auditory discrimination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and nonverbal reasoning.
Forgeard, M., Winner, E., Norton, A., & Schlaug, G. (2008). Practicing a musical instrument in childhood is associated with enhanced verbal ability and nonverbal reasoning. PloS One, 3(10), e3566.
Playing a musical instrument significantly enhances the brainstem’s sensitivity to speech sounds.  This relates to encoding skills involved with both music and language.
Patrick C M Wong, Erika Skoe, Nicole M Russo, Tasha Dees, & Nina Kraus. (2007). Musical experience shapes human brainstem encoding of linguistic pitch patterns. Nature Neuroscience, 10(4), 420-422.
Children with music training had significantly better verbal memory than those without such training, and the longer the training, the better the verbal memory.
Ho, Y. C., Cheung, M. C., & Chan, A. Music training improves verbal but not visual memory: cross-sectional and longitudinal explorations in children (2003) Neuropsychology, 12, 439-450
Adults who had trained on a Western musical instrument for at least six years before age 12 had significantly better verbal memories, as demonstrated by a word recall list, than those without any musical training.
Chan, A.S., Ho, Y.C., & Cheung, M.C. (1998).  Music training improves verbal memory, Nature, 396, 128.

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