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Media > Pregnancy temporarily lowers a woman’s voice – new study
April 19th, 2019

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Whether we are aware of it or not, our voices say a lot about us. Relying on only the average pitch of a person’s voice, we can instantly tell if they are a child or adult, a man or woman. [...] more >>

Media > How Music Can Fight Prejudice
April 12th, 2019

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New research from Portugal finds youngsters feel more positively toward members of an ethnic minority if they have learned songs from their culture.

Media > Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There’s 30 Years of Research to Back That Up
April 10th, 2019

standard Music Makes Surgery Less Scary and Painful, and There’s 30 Years of Research to Back That Up

Music may soothe the savage beast. But a new study published this month in the British Journal of Surgery makes the case that it’s also plenty good at relieving surgery patients’ anxiety and pain, too.

Media > Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons
March 15th, 2019

standard Beethoven’s 200-Year-Old ‘Fidelio’ Enters Today’s Prisons

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Few opera choruses are as moving as the one a group of prisoners sings in Act I of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Released temporarily from their cells, the inmates almost whisper a hymnlike paean to liberty: “Oh, what a joy to breathe [...] more >>

Media > Crossing Divides: Thai orchestra fights bloodshed with music
March 6th, 2019

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The 14-year conflict between Muslim insurgents and authorities in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces has claimed more than 7,000 lives. But can music help bridge the sectarian divide?

Media > New study aims to improve quality of life for seniors with music
February 6th, 2019

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Researchers from Germany and Switzerland have teamed up to investigate the effects of music on the brains of elderly people. DW talked to the research leader about the challenges and possible outcomes of the study.

Media > How music is transforming the lives of children in Uganda
February 1st, 2019

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Isha Ranchod talks to Alison Balsom about how Brass for Africa is giving Ugandan children the opportunity to play music together

Media > Another Key to Finland’s Success in Music Education: Its Summer Music Festivals
January 4th, 2019

standard Another Key to Finland’s Success in Music Education: Its Summer Music Festivals

Finland’s world renowned music education system is a subject of continuing interest among music educationists in Australia. Attention has naturally focused on how music is taught in its school system and how we could learn from some of its ideas [...] more >>