Research & Practice
Data, practical tools and research informed practices on music education.

From the Newsletter of October 2012:

Book: Multicultural perspectives in music education [expanded third edition]
Practical book addresses educators’ needs for the development of curriculum for an increasingly multicultural society. Includes ready-to-use lesson plans

Article: Musical narratives: A study of a young child’s identity work in and through music-making
Interesting small study from the University of Queensland, Australia discussing the notion that music-making in early childhood may provide narrative structures in which young children perform and enact multiple ways of being

Website: GIA Publications http://www.giamusic.com/music_education
Resource site for music educators, students, and parents on music publications, and music educational tools.

From the Newsletter of August 2012:

Website: Books from the National Association for Music Education.
NAfME books cover a wide range of topics: national standards, curriculum and assessment, special needs, multicultural music and curriculum, band, chorus, general music, jazz, early childhood, history, philosophy, and symposium proceedings.

Article: Music training for the development of auditory skills
Abstract: The effects of music training in relation to brain plasticity have caused excitement, evident from the popularity of books on this topic among scientists and the general public. Neuroscience research has shown that music training leads to changes throughout the auditory system that prime musicians for listening challenges beyond music processing. This effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness. Therefore, the role of music in shaping individual development deserves consideration.

Article: The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people
Abstract: This paper reviews the empirical evidence relating to the effects of active engagement with music on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. It draws on research using the most advanced technologies to study the brain, in addition to quantitative and qualitative psychological and educational studies. It explains how musical skills may transfer to other activities if the processes involved are similar.