As we look to improve the reading outcomes of our young children, more music education in our preschools and primary schools could be the answer.
Learning music in the early years of schooling can help children learn to read.
Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, came from a family of Zoroastrians.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
A raised fist carving on a highway at Touho, Grand Terre. Kanaks, New Caledonia’s Indigenous people, have struggled for independence for over 150 years.
Indigenous New Caledonians, who will vote in an independence referendum next week, have been struggling since French colonisation in 1853. Through songs, they have chronicled past traumas and resistance heroes.
Bombarding people with scientific information has little effect. Something else is needed to jolt us out of our current climate trajectory.
The Supremes, with their polished performances and family-friendly lyrics, helped to bridge a cultural divide and temper racial tensions.
Fifty years ago, Sly and the Family Stone sang 'We got to live together, I am no better and neither are you.' The words ring just as true today.
That year, the pillars of 1960s pop music released unfocused, confused albums.
A few musicians metaphorically took to the streets. But most fled for cover.
Hydra 1960, including Leonard Cohen (bearded, left) and Redmond Wallis (centre right in cotton shirt).
Photographer unknown. Reproduced with the permission of Dorothy Wallis.
Leonard Cohen's final (posthumous) book was released in Australia this week. Another new book sheds light on Cohen's life on Hydra in the 1960s and the relationships he forged with Antipodeans seeking liberation there.
Romy Vager performs during the concert at Melbourne’s State Theatre on Saturday night.
Some of Australia's finest songwriters joined members of the Go-Betweens to mark the 30th anniversary of a seminal album.
John Barker Sorrowing mother c.1916, oil on canvas.
70.8 h x 90.2 w cm.
National Gallery of Australia
Seven Australian composers feature in an epic communal piece of music honouring the Australians who died on the Western Front. It will have its premiere in Canberra, this Saturday.
Kendrick Lamar performing in Portugal.
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Music is an underutilised tool when it comes to steering curricula away from strictly Western and colonial models.
Musical expression can help kids develop scientific thinking.
Mignon Van Vreden
Children feel less frustrated and are allowed to be creative and expressive in spaces where they make choices.
Artists can be denied control of their creations for life. Bryan Adams at the 2015 AFL Grand Final.
Individual creators get too small a share of copyright's rewards. What Bryan Adams is proposing in Canada could also work in Australia to help authors get paid and keep works available to the public.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973.
How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
The arts can help schools to really tackle the mental health crisis.
Could music one day be something we experience through augmented reality, responding to the way we move through the world? Sound supplemented with colours and shapes?
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Today, we're hearing about a researcher who records birdsong, how tech changes music and why song might help address Indigenous language loss.
Most people will never visit Antarctica but music can evoke the continent in myriad ways.
Photo: Meredith Nash
Scientific research into the effects of climate change in Antarctica - and its history of intrepid exploration - is inspiring contemporary Australian composers.
Nicki Minaj in the music video for Chun-Li, from her latest album, Queen.
Nicki Minaj is the preeminent female rapper. Her latest album Queen embraces a kind of girl power that has been criticised both within and outside the rap world.
Aretha Franklin performs at New York’s Radio City Music Hall in 1989.
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When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
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Recent developments mean that touting on an industrial scale could become more difficult.
Aretha Franklin performing in 1978. The gospel singer died in Detroit on Thursday aged 76.
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Franklin, who has died aged 76 in Detroit, was a church girl first and foremost. She was the master of the gospel form.