Music education

Scientists have found a way to help you learn new skills twice as fast

The key to learning a new motor skill - such as playing the piano or mastering a new sport - isn't necessarily how many hours you spend practising, but the way you practise, according to new research.

Science Alert

The Kenyan slum where musical prodigies are made

One may not normally picture classical music when thinking of impoverished neighborhoods. Yet one of Nairobi's biggest slums is currently churning out musical prodigies thanks to an initiative dubbed "Ghetto Classics."

CNN

Sphinx: Where classical music meets social justice

Sphinx has had a historic impact on classical music. Two decades ago, the number of African Americans and Latinos in American orchestras was a little less than 2%. Today, that number has risen to more than 4%, and many winning auditions were past Sphinx laureates.

Detroit Free Press

Courting the “lay” listener

It is a little disheartening that everybody, including “classical” musicians, has the need to grasp for terms like “classical,” “concert,” or worse, “art” music.

New Music Box

Who Actually Quits Musical Instrument Instruction — Children or Their Parents?

How many times have we heard from adults that they wish their parents didn’t allow them to quit their musical instrument when they were younger?

NAFME

New Year’s Resolutions for the music classroom

“A new year. A new semester. A time when teachers throughout the world are designing new lessons and experiences for their music classrooms. A music educator’s role is to provide highly engaged, relevant, and innovative learning opportunities and to instill and inspire in each student a lifetime pursuit of learning and of music.

Oxford University Press

Study indicates arts work for challenged schools

The program targeted some of the lowest-performing schools, provided them with teacher training in how to incorporate arts into all academic subjects, free supplies, mini-grants and a mentor.

CT Post

The Importance of Music for Children

A very big part of any pre-school program is music, but nowadays with schools on tight budgets and cutting back or even cutting out music programs, perhaps this statement should say “should be music” and not “is” – unfortunately!

Epoch Times

The lost art of listening

There is a conventional wisdom that you come to classical music later. Maybe you have a road-to-Damascus moment, in which Beethoven finally speaks to you.

The Monthly


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