Matthew Flinders – Participatory Arts and Active Citizenship

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Reconnecting Communities:  The Politics of Art and the Art of Politics

What does arts and culture deliver in terms of social benefits? How can these benefits be demonstrated? What role do arts and culture play in re-engaging ‘disaffected democrats’? And can this offer further proof of the social value of arts and culture? An innovative new participatory arts project in South Yorkshire is examining the ‘politics of art’ and the ‘art of politics’ from a number of new angles.

‘The general value of arts and culture to society has long been assumed’ a recent report from the Arts Council acknowledges ‘while the specifics have just as long been debated’. It is this focus on the specifics that forms the rub because in times of relative prosperity there was little pressure from either public or private funders to demonstrate the broader social impact or relevance of the arts. In times of…

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Ten Easy Ways to get Kids into Opera

Opera Teen

To start with, I know that this story is old news now, but it still gives me the happy giggles. It’s so refreshing to hear about a mother, father, or friend that takes a child to their first opera and a young fan is born. In case of this story, a mother took her nine year old daughter to see a family presentation of Carmen. When she enjoyed it, her mother took her back to see “Rigoletto” at the San Francisco opera, and even though “Rigoletto” deals with some pretty adult themes, as do many operas, the child was hooked.

Not only do these stories give us hope, as a generation of opera fans always ready initiate another into our cult group of enthusiastic opera lovers, but they make us excited! This art form isn’t even close to dead. Opera just needs revising. Suppose you write an essay: You read…

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Longitudinal data on the effects of learning an instrument

Fantastic to see this data!

Music Education Works

SOEP study

The German Socio-Economic Panel study (SOEP) is believed by its authors to be the best
available longitudinal data set for studying the effects of learning a musical instrument.

Its most recent report by Adrian Hille and Jürgen Schupp, concludes that even after controlling for a large number of social background characteristics, there are strong differences in terms of cognitive and non-cognitive skills between adolescents who learned a musical instrument during childhood and those who did not. Learning a musical instrument is associated with better cognitive skills and school grades as well as higher conscientiousness, openness, and ambition. Music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance. These effects do not differ by socio-economic status.



BENEFIT: Cognitive development
TARGET GROUP: Young people
AGE: 8-17 years
MUSIC TYPE: Learning an instrument
TYPE OF STUDY: Academic research – household panel study
PERIOD OF STUDY: Not relevant
DATE: 2013
PLACE: Germany

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Active participation in music can rewire young people’s brains

Great evidence for music training!

Music Education Works

In Harmony students Photo of In Harmony students – with permission of Dr Nina Kraus

Dr Nina Kraus’s longitudinal study into the effects of music training on disadvantaged young people in Los Angeles , has been looking at the importance of active participation in music.

The research concludes that the level of participation – attendance at classes, practice – affects the changes that result in the brain and the related reading scores.


Time Magazine:

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