The Music Empowers Foundation Blog

Music Can Help You Study

Nov 07, 2013

Did you know music can help you study? Studies have shown that the right kind of music can help you relax your mind which enables you to concentrate better. Perfect to studying, doing homework or studying for a test or exam. It cuts down on distractions and helps you focus on your work.

The most cited study is the “Mozart effect” a set of research results that indicate that listening to Mozart’s music may induce a short-term improvement on the performance of certain kinds of mental tasks known as “spatial-temporal reasoning” which is the ability to think out long-term, more abstract solutions to logical problems that arise.

But what kind of music is best and where can you find good music to listen to while studying?

Check out the full story from UNCC49er. 

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How Music Could Make You a Rocket Scientist

Nov 01, 2013

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.

Although a number of scientists have demonstrated that exposure to music and art during early life enhances the development of the brain, it has been difficult to measure how that has affected their adult performance.

Check out the full story from Lee Dye

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How Many Hours a Day Should You Practice?

Oct 27, 2013

2 hours? 4 hours? 8 hours? 12 hours?

How much is enough?

Is there such a thing as practicing too much?

Is there an optimal number of hours that one should practice?

Check out the article from Bullet Proof Musician for the answers!

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What Music Should My Child Listen To?

Oct 21, 2013

Whether they’re singing along with Curious George’s theme song or asking you to turn up a popular song on the car radio, children love music. But what kind of music should kids listen to at a young age? Here are some helpful tips on creating an appropriate musical library for your child.

Read all the tips from PBS.org.

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Is Music the Key to Success?

Oct 15, 2013

CONDOLEEZZA RICE trained to be a concert pianist. Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, was a professional clarinet and saxophone player. The hedge fund billionaire Bruce Kovner is a pianist who took classes at Juilliard.

Multiple studies link music study to academic achievement. But what is it about serious music training that seems to correlate with outsize success in other fields?

Read the full opinion piece from Joanne Lipman.

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Music Graduates Are More Employable Than You Might Think

Oct 11, 2013

If you study medicine at university, chances are you’ll become a doctor. For music students, it’s less obvious what job you’ll end up with… but it could be really fulfilling. The perception that options are narrow and jobs are few for music graduates needs to change.

It’s wrongly assumed that when it comes to jobs, music students are confined to their field of study. In reality, music graduates go on to do a wide range of jobs in a variety of different industries.

Check out the full story from Harry Slater

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Can a Music App Boost Your Brain Power?

Oct 08, 2013

We’re all familiar with the 3 o’clock slump: the time toward the end of the workday when your mind gets fuzzy, and concentrating is nearly impossible. While some people reach for another cup of coffee to combat fatigue and avoid another Buzzfeed black hole, other people believe that there’s a better, caffeine-free way to boost concentration: music.

“I knew that people instinctively liked to listen to music while doing work,” says Will Henshall, founder and CEO of neuroscience-based music service Focus@will, “[so I] started to look into the neuroscience of what’s happening in your brain while you’re trying to concentrate.”

Check out the full story from Jessica Lipsky

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New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

Oct 02, 2013

Does studying music boost students’ overall test scores? Recent research casts doubt on that belief, concluding that the link between music education and good grades appears to reflect the impressive nature of the students who study music, rather than an intrinsic effect of the lessons themselves.

But a new study from Canada suggests music lessons may in fact have wide-ranging intellectual benefits. It finds that, among a group of high-performing high school students, grades were consistently higher for those who continued music classes compared to those who dropped them after two years of compulsory training.

 

Read the full story from Tom Jacobs

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Moving To The Rhythm Can Help Language Skills

Sep 18, 2013

It seems that the same ingredients that are important for reading are strengthened with musical experience. Musicians have highly consistent auditory-neural responses. "It may be that musical training - with its emphasis on rhythmic skills - can exercise the auditory-system, leading to less neural jitter and stronger sound-to-meaning associations that are so essential for learning to read," added Prof Kraus.

"It seems that the same ingredients that are important for reading are strengthened with musical experience. Musicians have highly consistent auditory-neural responses.

"It may be that musical training - with its emphasis on rhythmic skills - can exercise the auditory-system, leading to less neural jitter and stronger sound-to-meaning associations that are so essential for learning to read," added Prof Kraus.

Check out the full story from Melissa Hogenboom.

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Making Music Makes a Nicer Kid

Sep 13, 2013

According to an article from AFP RelaxNews in the Daily News, "Kid musicians are nicer, more helpful and have better problem-solving skills than kids who don’t make music, according to a new study. Researchers say the findings demonstrate how important it is to have music in schools."

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