Mindsong - music in care homes

Be healthy, happy, and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Ludwig van Beethoven and (ahem) John … Continue reading Be healthy, happy, and mentally fit – make music!

Music hub website on an ipad

Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

As arts/cultural/creative organisations steel themselves for further cuts this winter, they’ll be pulling out all the stops to communicate their worth. There’s a strong network of arts marketing professionals who are more than up for that challenge: but few of them are in music education. Perhaps now’s the time to make better links, locally and … Continue reading Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

Guitar class, Education Through Music

Is music good for your child?

We all know, instinctively, that music is good for us. Can learning music really have a positive impact on our children's futures? Despite the continuing cuts in funding, those responsible for education systems across the world still tend to prioritise music above other arts. References are often made to music's 'instrumental' benefits – improving academic … Continue reading Is music good for your child?

Mindsong - music in care homes

Be healthy, happy and mentally fit – make music!

We take it as read that playing a musical instrument or singing is good for the brain, the body and the emotions. Great minds such as Plato, William Shakespeare, Friedrich Nietzsche and Hans Christian Andersen have said as much, not to mention notable musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Ludwig van Beethoven. But is it all supposition and pseudo-science? Anita Holford and Dyfan Wyn Owen take a look at the evidence.