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How music benefits children

Turns out learning a musical instrument really could benefit your child, in more ways than you might think.
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Are the Grammys really about good music?

After winning his Grammy in 1996, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder said, 'I don't think this means anything.' Was he right?
Dan Sultan played a defiant version of Midnight Oil’s The Dead Heart at 1967: Music in the Key of Yes. Prudence Upton

Celebrating the songs of Australia’s civil rights movement

From My Island Home to Treaty, Indigenous musical luminaries gathered in Sydney on Tuesday to sing classic songs marking the fiftieth anniversary of the 1967 referendum.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land. Black Label Media

Beyond La La Land: the top ten toe-tapping film musicals

Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
Carolling wasn’t just for Christmas back in the day. Easter, New Year, and even political events such as battles were occasions for carol singing. 1000 Words/www.shutterstock.com

A short history of three very famous Christmas carols

Good Christian Men, Rejoice dates from the 14th century; O Come, All Ye Faithful may contain covert Jacobite symbolism and Silent Night is now UNESCO recognised.
A saxophone player busks in New York: as technology transforms their industry, quite a lot of musicians are leaving the field. Michael Tapp

Friday essay: the loss of music

Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don't buy it and instead stream it again, you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.

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