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How does playing an instrument benefits your brain?

Here is an easy-to-follow five-minute animated film that summarizes the conclusions brain scientists draw about the effect of music on brain development. Spoiler alert: they conclude that music making is the most powerful brain workout humans can have, more than...
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Confirmed: Musicians really ARE smarter!

Working memory is the capacity to hold onto information even as you are processing it – to consider how it confirms, contradicts, adjusts your previous knowledge. This is essential to effective learning, as is short-term memory. A new meta-study of...
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BOOK: When Grit Isn’t Enough

Grit. It’s a word that has been discussed in education circles for several decades, most recently as a suggested solution for the education gap in the United States. But what if “grit” isn’t enough? Linda Nathan is the first Executive Director of...
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The Most Important Choice You Make

What advice would a neuroscientist give to Sistema program administrators who get stressed out in their work? To teaching artists striving to be more effective with students? To music stand partners? Moran Cerf, who teaches in the Kellogg School of...
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Creative Youth Development – Join the Movement

  Creative Youth Development (CYD) is an umbrella term in the U.S. for a variety of education programs and initiatives that share values and practices with El Sistema-inspired programs.  A national CYD partnership publishes a free newsletter, and now it...
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How Arts Participation Leads to Civic Engagement

The new U.S. research report Hearts and Minds: The Arts and Civic Engagement (2017, by Nick Rabkin for The Irvine Foundation) finds that arts participation, particularly art-making (more than audience attendance) is strongly related to increased civic engagement.  This connection...
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What do young people think and feel? Find out!

What the World’s Young People Think and Feel is reported in the Varkey Foundation’s new study: Generation Z: Global Citizenship Survey of young people born between 1995 and 2001.  The report seeks to understand the lives and values of “Generation...
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Kudos to Aotearoa’s children and their aiga/whānau!

The New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage commissioned a research study of Sistema Aotearoa in Auckland. The findings affirm that students in the program advance beyond their peers in academic achievement, social development, and community identity. The report also...
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