Music education

A better life can be child's play

SOME people know Venezuela as a country that produces oil and coffee, and for the anti-US rantings of its President, Hugo Chavez. But many of those involved in classical music also know the South American nation as the originator of a music-education program that is the envy of the world.

The Australian

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

But a study published last month is the first to show that music lessons in childhood may lead to changes in the brain that persist years after the lessons stop. 

The New York Times

Zimbabwe: All-Female Mbira Forum On Tomorrow

Harare's Book Café in collaboration with Mbiravolution will tomorrow hold an Artistes Voices Discussion with the topic "Celebrating Female Mbira Players". The discussion will focus on who are the players, what significant contribution has been done, how are female mbira players being encouraged and what the future holds for other female mbira players?

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