Keyword: music

The impact of dance and music training on our brains

This research was conducted by Chiara Giacosa and four others at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Summary

Dance and music are universal forms of human expression that have common and distinct features. Dance engages the whole body and requires the integration of visual, auditory and motor information. Music engages specific parts …

By | 19 March 2018 |

Music can enhance children’s transition to school

This research was conducted by Shulamit Ritblatt, Sascha Longstreth, Audrey Hokoda, Bobbi-Nicole Cannon and Joanna Weston at San Diego State University, USA.

Summary

In the United States the notion that by school age 'all children will be ready to learn' is a national education goal. In reality this is often not …

By | 1 March 2018 |

The challenges of guest conductor-musicians relationship in symphony orchestras

This research was conduced by Dmitry Khodyakov at the RAND Graduate School, USA.

Summary

This paper focuses on orchestral musicians’ perspective of the role of guest conductors and how they manage the power relations between them and the musicians in a short period of time. The methodology consisted of 18 one-to-one …

By | 26 February 2018 |

The health benefits of an arts project for older offenders

This research was conducted by Dean J. Wilkinson at the University of Worcester and Laura S. Caulfield at Bath Spa University

Summary

Prisoners over the age of 50 are known to experience high rates of physical and mental illnesses, meaning their specific support and rehabilitation needs are often neglected within current …

By | 22 February 2018 |

The positive impacts of active music participation for infants

This research was conducted by David Gerry, Andrea Unrau and Laurel J. Trainor at McMaster University, Canada.

Summary

To understand the developmental impact of active participation in music, this study worked with two groups of six-month old infants who attended music-based sessions with teachers and their parents. One group participated in …

By | 10 August 2017 |

How people acquire new tastes in music

This research was conducted by Alessandra Lembo at the University of Chicago, USA.

Summary

Honky Tonk Night Happy Hour is a hard country music club night at small venue in a large mid-western US city. The study took place over 15 months via a combination of observation and life history interviews …

By | 7 August 2017 |

The effects of music training on hearing in children

This research was conducted by Asal Habibi, B. Rael Cahn, Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio at the University of Southern California, USA.

Summary

This study found that children engaged in music training had an enhanced ability to detect changes in pitch and to process sounds, compared with children who were not …

By | 3 August 2017 |

Treating dementia using arts interventions

This research was conducted by Kate de Medeiros and Anne Basting at Miami University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.

Summary

Effective care for people with dementia is made more challenging by a lack of effective treatments for the condition. Arts interventions are becoming more popular due to their ability to effect …

By | 20 July 2017 |

Musicians react faster than non-musicians

This research was conducted by Simon P. Landry and François Champoux at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Summary

This study aimed to investigate whether long-term musical training improves unisensory (audio or tactile) and multisensory (audio and tactile) processing capacities. It found that musical training improves ability for both single and multiple …

By | 3 July 2017 |

Singing and dancing in groups is associated with increased wellbeing

This research was conducted by Melissa K. Weinberg and Dawn Joseph at Deakin University, Australia

Summary

This study found that people who dance to music or attend musical events have higher levels of subjective wellbeing compared to people that do not. Singing with others was also found to be associated with …

By | 22 June 2017 |