Tag : brain research

Music Education Brain Research

Music Education and Brain Research Music education in the public schools has been under attack for decades.  Although parents and teachers have advocated for more and better music programs, having

Healthy Brains Need Stimulation and Variety

Healthy Brains Need Stimulation and Variety It seems that the field of neuroscience is exploding with research about how we learn, what our brains need to stay sharp, and how

Grit for Musicians: Practicing and Parenting

Is Grit the Secret to Success In Music? I first heard about Angela Duckworth and her research on “grit” on a Freakonomics podcast. Duckworth talks about how persistence, not talent,

Practice Research: study shows faster, better learning

New practice research suggests ways to make learning more efficient. Thanks to cognitive researchers we are understanding more and more about how the brain processes information. A practice research study published in

Musical Neurons

Musical Neurons A recent study at MIT shows that there may be specialized neurons in the brain for processing music. These “musical neurons” are different than similar ones used to

How We Learn – applications for musicians

I just finished reading How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens by Benedict Carey, 2014. From a musician’s perspective, it has obvious applications for practice.

Essential For Being Human

Music is essential for being human. Scientists are learning a lot about how music effects the brain, how it changes our cognition (see blog posts Better Brains and Brain Imaging). But

Brain Imaging on Musicians

As brain imaging technology improves, so does our understanding of music’s effects on the brain. Listening to music makes the whole brain light up. Playing music causes the neurons to