Monday, July 11, 2011

The Daily Muse: Music and the Brain in NY

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There has been much hype about the possible links between music and learning (can we say the "Mozart Effect"!), but there is evidence in the research literature about some kind of a connection. I think that most of the research so far just has not been able to satisfy us about how much effect and exactly what kind of benefit can be gained. An organization called Music and the Brain in New York has been operating for over a decade on the assumption that music can benefit children's learning. They seem to have some high profile backers and donors and an extensive curriculum in place. I was especially impressed with their links to related websites. I admire their success in getting funding for the arts. The kids in their programs will benefit from the music instruction in more than just academic learning!

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