A study conducted at Concordia University (near Montreal in Canada), led by Professor Virginia Penhune has found that musicians who started before the age of seven showed heightened white matter in the brain (the nerve fibres which link the left and right areas of the brain). Hence the study showed that early music training can

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Presentation to Moray Childminders in Elgin.  Childminders were interested in how music can be used in settings with a small number of children to promote literacy.  Many topics were discussed and examples given of activities to help with listening and speaking skills.  Sequencing skills can be helped by musical activities and also musical stories help

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Presentation to Adult Literacy tutors in Elgin – Adult Literacy through Music.  Music can assist literacy development for all ages and stages.  Music helps to embed information, it helps to consolidate memory, offers prompts to learn sequences and can be used to extend vocabulary and grammar comprehension. Everyone sang wholeheartedly – it was great fun! 

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Harvard Business Review published an article entitled ‘A Little Music Training in Childhood Goes a Long Way’.  It reports a study by Sylvain Moreno which showed in an increase in verbal-intelligence scores after learning about rhythm, pitch and melody for 20 days.  For more on this click HERE

Nutcracker sweet: classical CD for every baby was the headline in The Times today on page 8. This article by J Simpson describes a project funded by Creative Scotland which proposes to give free classical CDs to families with babies born over the next 12 months.  This is in recognition of the significant value that

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The BBC News reported that fewer than six out of ten pupils in England passed the phonics screening tests conducted in June this year.  The tests also showed that girls performed better than boys at using phonics to decode words. Click on the link below to view the report by Hannah Richardson http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-19742212 Phonics is

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