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Tidbits on projects I have worked on and other news.

The importance of keeping a beat: Researchers link ability to keep a beat to reading, language skills

posted Aug 27, 2016, 10:53 PM by Arthur C. Lee

"The findings of a Northwestern University study of more than 100 high school students lend proof to the surprising link between music, rhythmic abilities and language skills..."

Read the entire article here -->    The importance of keeping a beat: Researchers link ability to keep a beat to reading, language skills

The Music Parenting Tightrope

posted Jan 6, 2016, 11:01 AM by Arthur C. Lee   [ updated Jan 6, 2016, 11:02 AM ]

"Walking the music parenting tightrope isn’t easy for music moms and dads. Figuring out how to be helpful without turning into an overbearing nag can be tricky, especially during a youngster’s early adolescent years. Those often-turbulent years can upend many aspects of a child’s life, including music. Kids who had previously enjoyed making music may find themselves with a bad case of the doldrums, leading to a practice slowdown and threats of quitting..."

Read the entire article here -->  The Music Parenting Tightrope

Sing rather than talk to babies to keep them calm

posted Nov 5, 2015, 1:18 PM by Arthur C. Lee

"When an infant shows signs of distress, a parent's first instinct may be to engage in baby talk in an attempt to calm them down. But according to a new study, singing may be a much more effective strategy..."

Read the entire article here --> Sing rather than talk to babies to keep them calm

Listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions

posted Mar 23, 2015, 3:33 PM by Arthur C. Lee   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 1:15 PM ]

"Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species."  

7 Easy Things Parents Can Do Right Now to Extend Their Child’s Musical Life

posted Mar 6, 2015, 11:46 AM by Arthur C. Lee   [ updated Nov 5, 2015, 1:14 PM ]

"Many parents find small ways to help their children with school homework each day.  They also may know the basics of how to help their children with things like swinging a baseball bat, throwing a football or swimming.  But when it comes time to playing a musical instrument, many students quit too early because their parents have no idea how to help even the slightest bit.  Whether your child has just come home with their instrument for the first time or they have been playing for a while, there are a few things you can do right now in order to ensure your child continues their successful study of music for years to come..."

How Music Education Influenced Google CEO Larry Page

posted Nov 21, 2014, 12:12 PM by Arthur C. Lee   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 3:35 PM ]

“In some sense I feel like music training lead to the high-speed legacy of Google for me,” Page said during a recent interview with Fortune. “In music
you’re very cognizant of time. Time is like the primary thing.”

Read the entire article here --> How music education influenced Larry Page

Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function in At-Risk Children

posted Oct 1, 2014, 4:57 PM by Arthur C. Lee

“This research demonstrates that community music programs can literally ‘remodel’ children’s brains in a way that improves sound processing, which could lead to better learning and language skills...”

Read the entire Northwestern University article here --> Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function in At-Risk Children

How Music Could Make You a Rocket Scientist

posted Oct 27, 2013, 10:28 PM by Arthur C. Lee

"There is a very strong correlation between childhood engagement in the creative arts and measurable success later in life, researchers at Michigan State University have found..."

Read the entire article here --> How Music Could Make You a Rocket Scientist

Is Music the Key to Success?

posted Oct 14, 2013, 1:06 PM by Arthur C. Lee

“There’s nothing like music to teach you that eventually if you work hard enough, it does get better. You see the results.”

Read the entire NY Times article here -->  Is Music the Key to Success?

The Truth About Piano Lessons

posted Jan 13, 2013, 10:49 PM by Arthur C. Lee

"Dear Piano Parents:

You're probably getting mailings right now about fall activities for your kids. The soccer coach wants to know if you're doing traveling team, the Little League coach is scheduling practices, the dance teacher is putting her classes together. And you're wondering about piano lessons for little Johnny or Suzie..."

Read the entire blog posted by pianist, music educator, and author Karen Berger here  --> The Truth About Piano Lessons

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