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  • September is almost here, and that means the wonderful Fiddle Collection! Classes start Sept 4, so head over to our registration page to sign up.

  • The Pat Benedict Memorial Scholarship is available for one family each Semester. If you would like to experience Music Together but cannot afford it right now, please put your name in the hat for this scholarship opportunity. Be sure to read and agree to the terms before registering, and we also suggest attending a free demo class to make sure the classes work with your schedule.

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What the Research Tells Us

Oxytocin and Synchronicity

In a recent study conducted at Aarhus University in Denmark and published in Science Daily, the link between oxytocin and musical synchronicity is firmly established. When participants were given oxytocin, the hormone known to produce social bonding and the one in abundance between young children and their caretakers, their ability to synchornize finger tapping in a leader-follower sequence was greatly improved over that of participants who were given a placebo.

This supports what reserachers observe in young children who experience regular, play-centered musical interactions with their parents and loved ones: they are able to mimic and learn rhythm patterns accurately and with ease. It makes sense doesn't it? Music is a bonding activity, and children learn best from those with whom they are bonded! Oxytocin just may be the magic ingredient.

If you want to read more about this study, please visit this link.

Brain Rehabilitation Through Musical Training

A recent study conducted at Baycrest Health Sciences has uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive declines. This finding could lead to the development of brain rehabilitation interventions through musical training.

The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience on May 24, found that learning to play a sound on a musical instrument alters the brain waves in a way that improves a person's listening and hearing skills over a short time frame. This change in brain activity demonstrates the brain's ability to rewire itself and compensate for injuries or diseases that may hamper a person's capacity to perform tasks.

"Music has been known to have beneficial effects on the brain, but there has been limited understanding into what about music makes a difference," says Dr. Bernhard Ross, senior scientist at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute (RRI) and senior author on the study. "This is the first study demonstrating that learning the fine movement needed to reproduce a sound on an instrument changes the brain's perception of sound in a way that is not seen when listening to music."


If you want to read more about this study, please visit this link.
Read about one parent's experience at Shar-La-La Music Together classes with her 2-year-old, right here at Michelle Haddock's excellent blog: Weird Bird.
We got a wonderful write-up in the Chattanooga Times Free Press Community News. We love our hometown newspaper!

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