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Music Practice V Passive Leisure

 I did not wish to find when I came to die that I had not lived. – Henry David Thoreau The systematic time investment required for musical progress can be stolen by time thieves, and television is one of the

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Music Education for Character Education

In 2015 the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham called for character education to be embedded in UK curriculum. The report linked strong character traits such as resilience and perseverance to higher educational achievement, employability,

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How to Become an Expert – A Musical Perspective

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of being a guest on Eugene Loh’s 938Live radio show  ‘A Slice of Life’ in Singapore. We talked about the nature and pursuit of expertise, mostly -but not exclusively – from a musical

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Do you play background music in your classroom?

Background music is used extensively throughout society, particularly in marketing, sports psychology and medicine. It is used to reduce stress, create an illusion, manipulate perception, alter people’s emotional state, and to enhance well-being. What about the use of background music

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Background Music with Homework? Part 4: Music and Study

A continuation from Background Music with Homework? Part 3 -Music in Society, Part 2 -Stress, emotions and music and Part 1. To understand this post you should read these first. This is the final instalment. In the previous blog I discussed some ways

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Background Music with Homework? Part 3: Music in Society

A continuation from Background Music with Homework? Part 2 -Stress, emotions and music and Part 1. I recommend you read these first. As said in the previous blog, music evokes emotion, and emotion affects physiological change. Consequently music has the

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Background Music with Homework? Part 2 -Stress, emotions and music.

A continuation from Background Music with Homework? Part 1. Last time, we discussed music as being an art form with a unique capacity to evoke an emotional response. Not only can music awaken our emotional self, but through its emotive

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