Music education in Minneapolis public schools stood out as one of the best and gave rise to the city’s music scene that helped propel Prince to fame, a scholar writes.
We studied an innovative mentorship program that pairs specialist music teachers with early childhood educators to bring quality music programs into schools.
Music learning happens consciously and subconsciously. And even in the absence of education or training, we all have some degree of musical literacy.
Research shows the brain processes language as if it’s music, which helps explain the link between music education and gains in literacy. Unfortunately, not all states have heeded the evidence.
From incorporating video-based performances to learning new composition apps, teaching students virtually has forced music educators to learn and share new ways to reach students.
Machines have been getting better at mimicking improvisation. But can this distinctly human process serve as a bulwark against the mechanization of life and art?
The classical music scene in Canada is shaped by histories and hierarchies that reinforce racism and cultural appropriation. Black classical musicians are calling for systemic change.
The recent furor from senior academics in response to a public lecture about the whiteness of music education reflects a longstanding race problem in music — it’s time to address this.
Much like what everyone in showbiz from Lady Gaga to Lang Lang seems to be doing, school-age music students are using apps and software to play instruments and sing together.
From livening up household chores to connecting kids with relatives who are far away, music can a play a vital role.
Through social media experiences, both professional and amateur musicians-in-isolation offer community expressions of human spirit, and audiences appreciate their gifts.
Penn State researchers who call themselves the ‘Happy Birthday Club’ suggest that we shouldn’t make judgments about our singing abilities based on familiar tunes that happen to be really hard.
Prince was a musical genius, but he didn’t come of age in a vacuum. A human geographer explains how Minneapolis’ unique musical culture nurtured and inspired the budding star.
NSW schools are losing senior music students in significant numbers. Teachers say they’re dropping the subject in year 12 to ensure a higher ATAR.
Kids can stop music lessons at any time, due to boredom or disliking practice. It’s OK to let them stop if they genuinely don’t enjoy it, but it’s best to test a few things out first.
When children take up instruments they’re not passionate about, most don’t stick with music for long, and that’s a shame.
Researchers who looked at over 110,000 students found that learning an instrument in elementary school, and continuing music study into high school, significantly improves school achievement.
The Suzuki method can work, but requires a high level of parental involvement.
What kind of students are we raising when music is seen as a “frill?” The decision to drastically cut music education is a misguided policy.
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.