How music technology can boost student skills

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor
August 15th, 2013

A new study reveals that music education can offset widespread student achievement gaps, enhance student learning skills, and promote better brain function later in life. The good news for schools is that whether or not music funding is available, new music technology can provide students with music education at little to no cost.

“We are what we do,” said Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles professor and principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. “And the brain helps prove that.”

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5 Responses to “How music technology can boost student skills”

August 15, 2013

What appears to missing in the article are the peer-reviewed scientific studies of the brain while studying instrumental music.

Specific Case in point: Schlaug, Gottfried, et al studied a number of instrumental musicians vs non musicians and discovered that the corpus callosum (the connective bridge between the left and right hemispheres) was actually larger – and significantly so – in the brains of the musicians.

This contributes to greater hemispherical crosstalk, i.e. the “Analytical” left brain communicates with the “Creative” right brain at a higher level. This results in, primarily, students who can more creatively problem-solve.

Music students are therefore often more able to develop algebraic statements to fit real-world situations, are better designers, and more readily postulate great physics thought. (Albert Einstein was in fact an accomplished violinist.)

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