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 |

How commercial music festivals balance their budgets

This research was conducted by R. Scott Hiller at Fairfield University, USA

Summary

This paper investigates how four large commercial festivals (Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza) make their production decisions in order to keep costs low and quality high. The paper found that known quality is important, but so …

By | 23 February 2017 |

Music and audio books can enhance the rehabilitation of stroke patients

This research was conducted by Teppo Särkämö and 12 others from University of Helsinki and universities and research facilities in Finland and Canada

Summary

This study explored the impact of listening to different audio stimuli on patients who had suffered from stroke caused by rupture of a major artery in the …

By | 2 February 2017 |

Music training can help children cope with stress

This research was conducted by Ingo Roden, Florian D. Zepf, Gunter Kreutz, Dietmar Grube and Stephan Bongard at Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg and two other universities in Germany and Australia

Summary

This study attempted to understand how different interventions might reduce the aggressive behaviour of children. A group of primary …

By | 26 January 2017 |

Understanding the audience at a jazz and blues festival

This research was conducted by Karen Burland at the University of Leeds and Stephanie E. Pitts at the University of Sheffield, UK

Summary

This study set out to examine audience participation and engagement in a well-established jazz and blues festival held annually in Edinburgh. The festival audience had high expectations of …

By | 19 January 2017 |

Live jazz: the importance of the audience-performer relationship

This research was carried out by Gail Brand, John Sloboda, Ben Saul and Martin Hathaway at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, UK

Summary

The researchers conducted a pilot study to investigate how the audience-performer relationship contributes to the success of a jazz performance. They arrived at three major findings …

By | 12 January 2017 |

Crowdfunding follows traditional investment model

This research was conducted by Wesley Mendes-Da-Silva and four others at Fundaçao Getulio Vargas Business School and two other universities, Brazil

Summary

This paper examined crowdfunded music projects in Brazil, using data from the main crowdfunding site in the country: Catarse. By using an online platform, crowdfunding has the potential to …

By | 9 January 2017 |