Tag : research

Saving for Later

Stick a pin in it – Saving these websites for later. I keep a running list of articles, websites, leads that I want to investigate further. Here are some of the

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

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

The Musician’s Brain

The Musician’s Brain Science is confirming the “Mozart Effect” through new advances in brain imaging. When I was a music student (not so very long ago!) nobody knew much about the effect

Temptation Bundling in the Practice Room

What is “temptation bundling” and how can we use it in the practice room? Temptation bundling is when we take something that we’re not excited about doing and pair it

MusicParentsGuide.Com by Mazzocchi

The Music Parents’ Guide Blog, written by Anthony (Tony) Mazzocchi, is an excellent resource. Check out MusicParentsGuide.com for interesting articles about how important music education is in the life and learning

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

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More

Practice Better, Enjoy Life More: Quality is more important than quantity in practice. Feeling stressed-out and under-accomplished? Perhaps you need to reconsider how you’re doing the work that needs to be

Research on Effective Practice Skills

I love to read about the intersection of science, music, and psychology. I encourage all musicians to read this article reviewing research on effective practice skills by Robert Duke at the

Practice Builds Better Brains

Music instruction is better for children’s brains than “sports, theater or dance.”  Save the link to this article and read again after a big fight with your kid about practicing.