Research: Articles & News

  • Why Play Music-Seniors

    Seniors who engage in music making can better manage diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson, and increase their self-esteem.
  • The NAMM Foundation and Northwestern University Partner on First-of-Kind Music Training Research Projects

    Exploring the developmental and cognitive impact of music learning
  • FOCUS ON ISSUES & DECISION MAKING: Music Education Research 101, Part II

    When music education advocates first sought “scientific” evidence to help protect programs, very little was known about how the brain works when making music. Today, the challenge of finding quality research is further complicated by the complexity of brain research, which covers a broad range of fields (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, developmental and neuropsychology). As a result, well-meaning advocates may grasp onto any research about music education, especially if it demonstrates a positive correlation between music and improvements in other academic areas. Inadvertently, many research results have been over-stated, over-generalized or over-promoted, causing skepticism about the motives of the advocates and relevance of the research.