Exploring the power of music in children

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Three music education leaders will present research at a public lecture this month showing the advantages children can gain from music.

University of Queensland School of Music Head Professor Margaret Barrett said research confirmed the long-held belief that music had significant benefits for infants, children and adolescents.

“Research under way at UQ demonstrates that children who experience early shared music activities in the home during infancy and early childhood score better than their peers in vocabulary, numeracy, attentional and emotional regulation and pro-social skills,” Professor Barrett said.

“Other recent research shows that music engagement in juvenile justice settings can lead to better personal development, particularly in the areas of confidence, competence and connection.

“Discussion of these issues is timely, given the current review of the National Curriculum for the Arts,” she said.

(Source: The University of Queensland)

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Date Created: March 26, 2015