7 Things: Harvard Psychologists Identify Positive Parenting Points

Recently, psychologists from Harvard's Making Caring Common Project (MCC) produced a list of seven concepts successful parents tend to consider when raising caring, compassionate, ethical children. The MCC exists to: educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. It's a pretty wonderful group of folks who [...]

Everyone Can Sing

A recent article, written by Northwestern music education professor, Steven M. Demorest, over at The Conversation, an "independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public," explored the idea of musical talent. The most telling fact, one that I have been aware of for most of my [...]

The Neurosciences and Music VI: Music, Sound, and Health

Since 2001, the Mariani Foundation for Child Neurology in Milan, Italy has been promoting conferences focused on neuroscience and music. This past month, the sixth conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts. This year, the Keynote Speaker was Dr. Josef Rauschecker of Georgetown University's Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition. His keynote dealt with the auditory cortex [...]

Independence Day and the Music of the USA

Happy Independence Day to those celebrating in the United States! Music has been with us from the beginning. Native peoples had their own music, used for ceremony and celebration. Settlers from Western Europe, mainly from the British Isles, the Netherlands, France, and Spain, brought with them a rich musical tapestry. Folk songs, tavern songs, and [...]