#BecauseofArtsEd: Arts Education and Me

This week is National Arts in Education week. How did arts education impact you?

Harmonicas, Social Connections, and Politics

Research and experience indicate that live music experiences help with group emotional connectedness. Words not required.

Patriotic Music and Cultural Identity

How is it that music can be such a strong carrier of cultural identity? Examining music’s function in our lives may provide a clue.

Are Musical Genres Outdated?

Is it hard for you to identify what music you like? A little insight into your personality may help.

Music for Productive Creativity

Can music help you get in a creative flow? Here's one writer's strategy and why it may work.

Learning about Allison's Brain

How music helped one woman's post-brain surgery healing

Building Bridges: Music Therapy in Hospice Care

The practice of including music therapy as a hospice and palliative care treatment option began to grow significantly beginning on the 1990s. Here's how music therapists help.

Don't Stop Music Learning

I'm a big believer in the key role music and the arts have for a child. Which child might benefit the most? Perhaps it's the ones who struggle the most.

Music, Smell, and Holiday Shopping

Does it feel like you hear holiday music too early in stores? Research helps explain why.

The Evolution of Music: A Bonding Effect?

New research explores why singing brings us closer together

3 Musical Ways to Influence a Child's Emotions

One of the most common ways we consume music is to shift our emotional state. This little trick works with children, too.

Scoping Out Sticky Songs

What makes songs too sticky? Exploring earworms—what they are and how you can get rid of them.

What We've Got Wrong With the K-State Marching Band Story

The Kansas State University marching band director is in hot water following this weekend’s halftime performance. However, this 3-second segment is taken out of context. With the drill in motion, the announcement, and the music it all makes sense. So who are the real losers in this story?

Punk Music Isn't "Bad"

New research explores whether extreme music (e.g. heavy metal and punk) makes you angrier, or helps you process and regulate your anger.

5 Difficult Concepts Made Easier by Disney's "Inside Out"

Disney's "Inside Out" provides an accessible and memorable framework for understanding some rather complex ideas. Allow me to outline 5 difficult concepts this movie makes easier to explain.

Therapy Through...Choir?

Exploring choirs that are specifically designed to strengthen the speech skills of those with speech deficits.

3 Steps to a Music-Enhanced Workout

Music can help make your workouts more efficient and effective (if used correctly). Here's how.

Hearing Music in Baltimore

The response of the Boston Symphony Orchestra was more than just a "feel good" nicety. Here's why.

The Empowered Healthcare Consumer

There are 3 need-to-know concepts to make you a more empowered and informed healthcare consumer.

How to Enhance Your Music Listening Experience

Have you ever reeeeally listened to the lyrics of a favorite song? It may make a difference in your listening experience. Research provides possible explanations as to why this matters.

51 Ways to a Greater Musical You

Most new year resolutions follow a traditional track. Why not change things up this year and have your resolution take a musical spin?

Music and the Shopper

This may be one of the few times we actually notice the songs being played as we shop.

10 Eclectic Halloween Songs

Halloween has all the markers of a typical holiday. But where's the music?

5 Intrinsic Perks of Music

There are many extrinsic benefits to music training. For example, musicians tend to have higher math and verbal scores. But what about the intrinsic benefits of being a musician? Those are equally as important, don't you think?

5 Problems Music Can Create

As Uncle Ben counseled Peter Parker, "With great power comes great responsibility." The same can said for music. It wields an incredible power over our minds, bodies, and emotions. At the same time, though, we need to be aware that this power does not always work in our favor.

Can Moving Together Rhythmically Combat Toddler Selfishness?

New research has been made available that shows how rhythmic-motor interactions positively influence prosocial behaviors in toddlers. It's implications are intriguing...

Are Headphones Harming Us?

I'm guilty of using headphones to self-isolate . . . but I know I'm alone. Is there a balance?

The New "Happy," A Protest Anthem

I'm rethinking the peppy, Oscar-nominated pop tune "Happy" after reading about its new role as a protest anthem. How did this happen?

Music Therapy for our Soldiers

The history of the music therapy profession is rooted in military service. Nearly 65 years later we have come full circle as the American Music Therapy Association is set to unveil a white paper titled "Music Therapy and Military Populations: A Status Report and Recommendations on Music Therapy Treatment, Programs, Research, and Practice Policy."

America the Not-So-Beautiful?

Another year, another Super Bowl, another music-related controversy. The 2014 Coca Cola commercial that aired during last night's Super Bowl stood out to me for its beauty and simplicity. Others had less congenial reactions.

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