Why is research necessary?
Many music sessions are on offer in different venues, with different groups focusing on language, social, singing, physical co-ordination or instrumental skills. As a result, much research has been conducted on music education since the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with new findings added everyday. More research means that more evidence is avialable to show that music education is not only a useful but a valuable resource in equiping our children for the jobs and lifestyle of the 21st century.
What research does Musicaliti use?
Musicaliti has taken a systematic approach in developing the type of programme that we use. Carefully going through the early 20th century ideas, this involved travelling to different locations over England to attend specialist training sessions in musical development. With a background in education training while studying psychology, many of the aspects of the training sessions were found to fill knowledge "gaps", answer ongoing questions, and have significant developmental benefits when taught to young children. Examples of this included singing common music patterns before playing instruments, or relating common movements to notes and beats.
This practical research was combined with identifying findings from 21st century research. Using a variety of methods including brain scans, observation and psychology experiments, this research has shown that some of the ideas from the last 2 centuries were fallacies, while others are not only true, but have long-lasting effects into adulthood. Examples of this includes the Mozart Effect, which shows that adults listening to music (or listening to a story, or chewing gum) while studying improves the ability to remember information more effectively in the short-term – but it is forgotten a month later (it was thought that it was only Mozart and that babies would remember more information in the long term by listening to classical music). An example of long-lasting effects is the association children make to an acitivity while listening to a specific song, e.g. singing the same song when they are upset, having a nappy change, going to sleep. When the child hears the song, they remember what activity to expect, which relaxes them by slowing the heart rate down, and is a powerful form of bonding.
So, what are the recent findings in music education?
In the drop-down menu, this section highlights a small selection of some of the recent findings in music education research, ranging from the benefits of music, the ways in which we understand music, to the purpose of music, and how you can make the most of this universal skill.