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What does Music express? Basic emotions and beyond

Numerous studies have investigated whether music can reliably convey emotions to listeners, and—if so—what musical parameters might carry this information. Far less attention has been devoted to the actual contents of the communicative process. The goal of this article is … Continue reading

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Music and early language acquisition

Language is typically viewed as fundamental to human intelligence. Music, while recognized as a human universal, is often treated as an ancillary ability – one dependent on or derivative of language. In contrast, we argue that it is more productive … Continue reading

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Why Musicians Learn New Words Better?

Word learning is a part of human faculty and is dependent upon two processes that are a result of activity coming from the posterior superior temporal (pST) and inferior parietal (IP) brain regions toward the prefrontal cortex (dorsal stream) and … Continue reading

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Learning the language of music: is it child’s play?

The Italian Reggio Emilia approach is now considered the most progressive and desirable early-childhood educational approach in the world. These schools value children’s innate abilities and nurture artistic and creative intelligences through play-based emersion in the “poetic languages” such as … Continue reading

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Effects of music on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults

Reading music and playing a musical instrument is a complex activity that comprises motor and multisensory (auditory, visual, and somatosensory) integration in a unique way. Music has also a well-known impact on the emotional state, while it can be a … Continue reading

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La sociología de la cultura y música en Max Weber

La Sociología de la Cultura de Weber ha quedado desdibujada ante la enorme pluralidad de áreas de estudio que el sociólogo alemán inició. Desde los estudios de metodología que tratan de conciliar la polémica entre las Ciencias ideográficas y las … Continue reading

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How Critical Is Critical Thinking?

Recent educational discourse is full of references to the value of critical thinking as a 21st-century skill. In music education, critical thinking has been discussed in relation to problem solving and music listening, and some researchers suggest that training in … Continue reading

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Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

When Plato said that music gives “wings to the mind,” he might have been onto something. Recent studies increasingly point to the power of music to shape the brain and boost its functioning. But despite a flurry of research documenting … Continue reading

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Music, Language, and the Brain

In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato’s time, the relationship between music and … Continue reading

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Do Other Animals Make Music, or Just Sounds?

The question in the title of this post involves not one but two enigmas: Artistic merit is an abstract and slippery concept, and assigning intention to the actions of other species is a perpetual challenge. Thus, the question invites various, … Continue reading

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