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Our school operates on the belief that music is transformative and that musical learning can help students grow socially, emotionally and intellectually. Don't just take our word for it - learn about how musical instruction can help develop students' capabilities in these articles and videos backed by research!


Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says

The Washington Post | January 7, 2015
Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside. Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, according to a new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development.

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Auditory learning through active engagement with sound: biological impact of community music lessons in at-risk children

Frontiers in Neuroscience | November 5, 2014
The young nervous system is primed for sensory learning, facilitating the acquisition of language and communication skills. Social and linguistic impoverishment can limit these learning opportunities, eventually leading to language-related challenges such as poor reading. Music training offers a promising auditory learning strategy by directing attention to meaningful acoustic elements of the soundscape.

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A Musical Fix for American Schools: Research shows that music training boosts IQ, focus and persistence

The Wall Street Journal | October 10, 2014
American education is in perpetual crisis. Our students are falling ever farther behind their peers in the rest of the world. Learning disabilities have reached epidemic proportions, affecting as many as one in five of our children. Illiteracy costs American businesses $80 billion a year. Many solutions have been tried, but few have succeeded. So I propose a different approach: music training. 

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Music Enrichment Programs Improve the Neural Encoding of Speech in At-Risk Children 

The Journal of Neuroscience | September 3, 2014
Musicians are often reported to have enhanced neurophysiological functions, especially in the auditory system. Musical training is thought to improve nervous system function by focusing attention on meaningful acoustic cues, and these improvements in auditory processing cascade to language and cognitive skills. Correlational studies have reported musician enhancements in a variety of populations across the life span. 

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´╗┐´╗┐Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function in At-Risk Children

Northwestern University News | September 2, 2014
A new Northwestern University study provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children’s developing nervous systems. Two years of music lessons improved the precision with which the children’s brains distinguished similar speech sounds, a neural process that is linked to language and reading skills.

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How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

TED-Ed | May 19, 2014
When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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Music: Sound Medicine for ADHD

ADDitude Magazine 
"Nothing activates the brain so extensively as music," says Oliver Sacks, M.D., professor of neurology at Columbia University and author of Musicophilia. He should know. Sacks has documented the power of music to arouse movement in paralyzed Parkinson's patients, to calm the tics of Tourette syndrome, and to vault the neural breaches of autism. His belief that music can heal the brain is gaining favor, thanks, in part, to Gabrielle Giffords.

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