New Research: Music and Language share the same Pathways In The Brain

Music educators, researchers and clinicians have suspected links between music and language learning for a long time, but now there’s even more evidence. Researchers based at Liverpool University have just confirmed that musical training can increase blood flow in the left hemisphere of the brain, suggesting that the area of the brain responsible for music

By |2014-05-29T04:31:53+00:00May 29th, 2014|Research into the Benefits of Music|2 Comments

Music Education In The Media

Music teachers are always aware of the impact that music education makes on their students- they see it everyday. However, does that mean everyone else in the local community always shares this opinion? Sadly, the answer is often no. The reality is that even if you’ve been teaching several years, students will still come to

By |2013-05-31T07:01:23+00:00May 31st, 2013|General|1 Comment

Google Doodles & Other Short Music Clips- is this relevant music teaching material?

  There are quite a few well produced video clips emerging lately called “Google Doodles” which are being shown on the google home page on the major anniversaries of well known artists and events. They’re becoming more fun, quirky, interactive and highlight rock musicians and events in a positive way. This video shows what the

By |2011-09-28T01:59:12+00:00September 28th, 2011|Classroom Music, Fun and Games|6 Comments

What is the Kodaly Method?

The Kodaly Method, which is also known as the Kodaly Concept, is an approach to music education, developed in Hungary during the mid 20th century. It was named after the Hungarian educator and composer Zoltan Kodaly. Though the method is named after him, it wasn't actually created by him. The Kodaly concept of music uses

By |2010-03-31T09:45:46+00:00March 31st, 2010|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learning Music for Music’s Sake

There has been a lot of discussion around the Music Education community recently about the benefits of music education for children. There is a lot of talk about the “Mozart Effect” where the listening to certain types of classical music are shown to have benefits in ordering the brain and thus improving intelligence. Some have

By |2010-03-28T19:51:32+00:00March 28th, 2010|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Learning Music Theory in the 21st century

At its core, Music Theory is the study of the written manuscript. It is the understanding of the symbols that make up music scores, and the knowledge of how to effectively turn them into sounds. An knowledge of music theory assists musicians, not because it makes them play better, but because it helps them communicate

By |2010-03-12T02:03:31+00:00March 12th, 2010|Music Theory|Comments Off on Learning Music Theory in the 21st century

How and how not to help your students with music theory

At its core, Music Theory is the study of the written manuscript. It is the knowledge of the symbols that make up written music, and the knowledge of how to effectively turn them into sounds. An knowledge of music theory really helps musicians, rather than making them play better, it assists them to speak the

By |2010-03-09T01:46:15+00:00March 9th, 2010|Music Theory|Comments Off on How and how not to help your students with music theory

How to write a lesson plan for music

A critical part of a music teachers week is preparing lesson plans They are critical to the success of one lesson, and the whole terms lessons, and the teachers life in general. There is nothing like the old saying “If you don’t prepare, then prepare to fail”. However, once you are a little more experienced

By |2010-03-09T00:43:35+00:00March 9th, 2010|Lesson Plans|Comments Off on How to write a lesson plan for music

Should We Be Grading Our Students At Young Ages?

This was a question that I came away asking myself after the first ever Music Education Twitter Chat which took place recently on March 2nd, 2010 involving approximately thirty music educators worldwide. It was a very busy hour with interesting tweets coming from all directions and loads of different opinions, resources and articles to check

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