Monthly Archives: June 2014

Want to build empathy within your staff? Sing together.

One of the most significant neuroscientific contributions in recent times involves the linking of the hormone oxytocin with singing. If there is such a thing as a ‘bonding’ hormone, oxytocin is it. Oxytocin is a hormone produced by the brain that

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New Horizons for Adult Music Learners

One exciting program that serves the needs of adult music learners is the New Horizons Music Program. In the late 1980s, Roy Ernst, professor at Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, started to think about developing a music program for retired

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Music and the Brain Part 3

The brain is divided into two cerebral hemispheres. The left hemisphere controls the ability to speak, read, and write. However, the right hemisphere is responsible for the musical elements of speech, including intonation, prosody, emphasis, and pitch. Musical processing is

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Music and the Brain Part 2

Does musical experience change or strengthen parts of the brain? The good news for music education is that neuroscientific studies confirm many of the benefits researchers have determined from observation. It also has presented us with new and deeper understandings

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Music and the Brain

Neuroscience is the new frontier of twentieth-first-century learning, and we are in the midst of an explosion of brain-related research. This has been made possible due to new brain-scanning techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging. Much of this research

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New review for ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’

Good news! This morning, Australian music education site ‘The Music Trust’, an initiative taken by eminent Australian Music Educator Dr Richard Letts, reviewed my book ‘Learning Strategies for Musical Success’. I must say I am thrilled with it, and think reviewer

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