July/August 2018: Research

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Research on stimulating environments' effect on the brain lands NEA grant for Colorado State University A group of Colorado State University faculty studying the effect that engaging environments have on the brains of aging adults and people with dementia has received a prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue its work...
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Recent Research: September/October 2017

The rhythm of grammar Neuroscientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Music Cognition Lab have identified a correlation between good rhythm skills and a strong grasp of grammar in school-aged children. According to the lab's director Dr. Reyna Gordon, rhythmic patterns and sentence structures are similar in that they both unfold over time...
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Recent research: July/August 2017

Musicians react faster A new study suggests that professional musicians react more quickly than non-musicians when exposed to audio, tactile, and a combination of audio-tactile stimulations. According to researchers at the Université de Montréal, "These results suggest for the first time that long-term musical training reduces simple non-musical au...
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Recent Research: January/February 2017

So happy together. An upcoming study in the Journal of Organizational Behavior finds that employees showed higher degrees of cooperation and lower degrees of self-interest when listening to happy music. Study participants took part in a public goods game that involved choices that were either self- or team-oriented. Different groups listened t...
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Music by heart: Tips on memorizing more efficiently

More than one hundred years ago, at a Paris book stall by the river Seine, a young German scientist had a flash of inspiration—an idea that changed our knowledge of human memory's mechanisms. Hermann Ebbinghaus wondered if memory and the process of forgetting could be measured scientifically, and, on his return to Germany, devised experiments ...
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"What's goin' on in there?"

Kids today are involved with lots of activities. Sports, music, special academic clubs, and other fun events keep them busy, busy, busy. In our family we try not to overload our two young boys with too much to do, yet we still find them involved in a variety of lessons and extracurricular events. As we go to these various activities, I'm ...
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Let's Get Physical: Technique

Scott McBride Smith is Executive Director of the Young Keyboard Artists Association, in which capacity he directs a Summer Piano Institute involving some of the nation's top artist-teachers and students. He is a well-known private teacher in Southern California. He received his doctorate from the University of Southern California where he was co-wi...
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Does Piano Study Help Children in Other Aspects of School Study?

Did someone ever ask you, "How do you know that's true? Did you read it somewhere ... what proof do you have?" And you answered without hesitation, "I don't know how, I just know it!"  Piano teachers just know that studying music, especially the piano, is good for kids. We believe that piano lessons will help our students in their school lesso...
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