Nagging can make learning music a misery for everyone. But there are better ways to encourage your child to play.
Nagging or bribing a child to practise their musical instrument only makes the activity feel like a chore. Here's how to support your child and bring back harmony to the whole family.
Butner Elementary School students sing patriotic music on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. April 2, 2009.
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Children with difficulty singing can be labelled as 'nonmusical' by parents, teachers and pop culture. This toxic idea of 'talent' can deprive people of music's benefits for the rest of their lives.
How does music training in early childhood help the developing brain?
Several brain regions engage in an amazing symphony to produce music. What then are the benefits of music training on a child?
Turn up the volume of creativity.
A focus on core subjects for 16-year-olds should not exclude arts, music or drama.
Classrooms are becoming more diverse. So, why is music education focused on Western music?
The majority of music education teachers in American schools are white, and education focuses on Western classical music. What impact does it have?
Good teaching, well supported schools and involved communities can all help to mend an education system.
Even poor, badly resourced schools can perform well when teachers, the education department, parents and a school's broader community work together.
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A systematic review of 199 international studies suggests that arts education remains a moot point.
Music notation itself has changed from the early modern period to the present day.
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Technological advances in music production have all but obliterated the need for popular music to be transcribed into musical notation. So why is musical literacy still important?
Can all young children – or only prodigies – compose music?
Not all children move through the same range of processes when they compose music – but those processes, in themselves, nurture important human qualities.
How blue can you get?
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There are those who believed that BB King wasn't the world's greatest guitar player, including the man himself.
Could dysmusia be to reading music what dyslexia is to reading text, and dyscalculia is to math?
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If the brain processes words and mathematical symbols differently, why not musical symbols too?
Bullying in music education is pervasive, but often more insidious than this.
Aspects of Whiplash are implausible – but it does reflect the real and insidious bullying culture that exists in music education.
Daddy Cool’s Ross Wilson learnt to sing harmonies in a choir, aged 10.
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We rightly marvel at the skills of a talented musician, especially witnessing them perform live. But how does someone become so skilled? Obviously hours and hours of dedicated practice is a necessity…
Miles Teller as Andrew and J.K. Simmons as Fletcher in the pursuit of peak performance, in Whiplash.
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Whiplash, the new film written and directed by American Damien Chazelle, is billed as a drama about an ambitious young drummer and his terrifying teacher. The older teacher is said to “discover” the 19…
Learning a musical instrument begins with the act of making music with our bodies.
Yesterday, Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne and Arts Minister George Brandis announced A$594,000 in funding for a new national music teachers mentorship program. The details have sent music…
Does this count as homework?
The urge to make new music is alive and well among young people in the UK, but not always using conventional instruments in the classroom or school orchestra. A new survey of music education has found…
Music is not cheesecake! It is an essential condition that is omnipresent in all human cultures.
The Conversation is running a series, Class in Australia, to identify, illuminate and debate its many manifestations. Here, Katrina McFerran discusses how access to music education can reaffirm social…
Tertiary music education is currently in a state of crisis.
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A broad crisis of confidence has, it seems, beset tertiary music education in Australia. Since returning from Europe in 2006, I have witnessed turmoil of often existential proportions erupt in several…