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New Evidence of Mental Benefits From Music Training

Harvard-based researchers find a link between early musical training and cognitive capacities that allow for planned, controlled behavior….

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June 22, 2014 · 7:04 pm

5 Reasons Why Music Classes are the Best Test Prep for Your Kids

A friend of mine mentioned to me a few days ago that at his local high school in Massachusetts, the school’s private music lessons are scheduled to be shelved for several months. At this school, students in instrumental music have the option to leave a core class, once per week, for thirty minutes, to study one-on-one with the school’s music director….

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June 22, 2014 · 7:02 pm

Music Education For Creativity, Not A Tool For Test Scores

Though classes like Miller’s still exist, the arts have been known to fall down the priority list amid pressure on schools to improve test scores. Backers of music education have responded to that pressure by pointing to the academic benefits of learning music, like better grades and improved attendance.

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June 17, 2014 · 3:19 pm

Miss California Icon Promotes Music Education

Cal State Northridge senior Shaniee Parker hopes to promote the importance of music education across the state after being named Miss California Icon – a new pageant which forces judges to consider factors beyond physical beauty….

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June 11, 2014 · 11:53 am

Florida Student, Chad Thomas, Receives 150 Scholarship Offers

via CBS Miami:
Chad Thomas, a senior at Booker T. Washington, is a teen with many talents. So many talents, that he has received hundreds of college scholarship offers.

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March 25, 2014 · 8:26 pm

Jazz Players’ Brains See Music as Language

When jazz musicians let their creativity flow and start to improvise melodies, they use parts of their brains typically associated with spoken language — specifically, regions that help people interpret syntax or the structure of sentences…

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March 2, 2014 · 7:23 pm

THE FAT LADY IS STILL SINGING

“Classical music in America is dead.” Those words rang out across the Internet last week; their source, a Slate article written by Mark Vanhoenacker, complete with a gravestone illustration and the hoary cliché of the singing fat lady. It was nothing we hadn’t read before, but the timing of the latest obituary was particularly strange…

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February 6, 2014 · 8:01 pm