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The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people

August 22, 2012

From International Journal of Music Education

Recent advances in the study of the brain have enabled us to get a better understanding of the way that active engagement with music may influence other development.  This paper considers the effects of music on intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. It outlines how extensive active engagement with music can induce cortical reorganization. This may produce functional changes in how the brain processes information. Processing of pitch in string players is characterized by longer surveillance and more frontally distributed event-related brain potentials attention. Drummers generate more complex memory traces of the temporal organization of musical sequences. Compared with non-musicians, string players have greater somatosensory representa­tions of finger activity, the amount of increase depending on the age of starting to play. Clearly, the brain develops in very specific ways in response to particular learning activities and the extent of change depends on the length of time engaged with learning. The extent of musical engagement and its nature will be a factor in the extent to which transfer can occur to other areas. This overview provides a strong case for the benefits of active engagement with music throughout the lifespan.


Advocating health programs through social media

February 16, 2011

Advocacy 2.0: Advocating in the Digital Age

From Health Promotion Practice

To improve health, we must continue to engage in advocacy for people, programs, policies, and the profession.  Economic difficulties and competitive interests leave health education programs in a vulnerable position. More and more, professional organizations embrace advocacy as a significant component within their organizations. Traditional methods of advocacy such as letters to advocacy such as letters to the editor, public service announcements, visits with policymakers, emails and phone calls are proven and worthwhile. However the explosion of technology and freedom of the Internet provide a multitude of possibilities for revitalized advocacy efforts. This article suggests just a few examples of how we might engage in Advocacy 2.0., developing advocacy using our website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blogs, blog radio, and more, to enhance our ability to advocate in a timely, efficient, and cost-effective manner.  (more…)

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