Here are some articles to kick-off a new year:
- A five-year study out of the Brain and Creativity Institute (USC) showing accelerated brain processing and signal maturation in a sample of first grade students enrolled in music, compared to other activities.
“The auditory systems of children in the music program were maturing faster… than in the other children. The fine-tuning of their auditory pathway could accelerate their development of language and reading, as well as other abilities – a potential effect which the scientists are continuing to study.”
- Happy 300th birthday to Handel’s Water Music. Here’s a quick story about the history and impact of the piece.
“Londoners lined the banks of the Thames and squeezed boats into the river to hear the music and catch a glimpse of the royals. It was a spectacle the likes of which they’d never seen. It was also a public relations coup for King George. But would such an obvious diversion work for politicians today?”
- The NAEP released their results for the 2016 nation’s report card on Arts Education. This is only the third time they’ve ever administered an exam like this, and the first time since 2008! NPR has a good summary of the findings compared to the 2008 exam.
“The arts assessment measured students’ knowledge based on their ability to understand and interpret historical pieces of art and music. One question, for example, asked eighth graders to identify the instrument at the beginning of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” (It’s a clarinet.)”
- This articles asks Why Do Stars Like Adele Keep Losing Their Voice? As teachers, how can we help developing singers keep their voices healthy and strong?
“There is no precise data on the number of performers who have gone under the knife over the years. But several surgeons told me they estimate that vocal cord surgery has been performed on thousands of pop, rock and classical singers, as well as on theatre and stage musical stars. Cancelled shows reverberate across social media and hit a struggling music industry hard. When Adele pulled out of her remaining two Wembley shows this summer, nearly 200,000 tickets had to be refunded. It’s unclear if she will ever tour again.”