Brain research has revealed something extraordinary: learning music and listening to music can grow and repair our brains at any age.
Simply clapping in time can assist a young child who is struggling with reading. Learning an instrument can help children of all ages dramatically improve their ability to focus on school work, enhance their memory and improve behaviour. Playing in an orchestra develops children's social skills. Learning music can give every child an advantage, whether they are not coping at school or are doing well already.
Dr Anita Collins has visited the labs of leading neuromusical researchers around the world and trialled their techniques herself. With real examples from home and school along with practical strategies,The Music Advantage shows how parents and teachers can support children's development with music from birth to the teenage years.
'Dr Collins' exuberance and infectious enthusiasm shine through as she persuasively argues for the importance of music in every child's education.' - Professor Alan Harvey, author of Music, Evolution and the Harmony of Souls 'Dr Anita Collins' insights highlight the irreplaceable role music plays in the full education of a child.' - Benjamin Northey, Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:
01 September 2020
Professional and scholarly
Introduction Part One: From birth to big school (0 to 5 years) 1 A window to the world: How your baby hears music in everything 2 The power of lullaby: Why your baby responds to music 3 The endless song: Why your toddler just won't stop singing 4 Beat baby: How your toddler connects beat to body 5 I see, I say: Getting your child ready to read with music 6 School ready: How music helps children prepare for big school Part Two: The first few years of school (5 to 7 years) 7 The music of language: An overlapping network 8 Connecting the dots: Why keeping a beat is vital for reading 9 The social soup: How music helps your child learn control 10 Sound symbols: Why reading words is a process of reading music 11 Just pay attention: How music stretches each child's attention span 12 Comfortable with discomfort: How music teaches your child to love frustration 13 Spring-cleaning your brain: How music helps brain wiring Part Three: Bridging the gap between childhood and adolescents (9 to 12-14 years) 14 Confidence is king: How music feeds confidence 15 Wrong more than right: How music teaches persistence 16 Born leader: How music brings out leadership in children 17 I do, I understand: How music supercharges your child's memory Part Four: Almost an adult (12-14 years to adult) 18 Managing it all: How music helps children with balance 19 Seeking out the new: How music teaches children to crave new things 20 Calm thyself: Using music to enhance study and manage stress 21 Beyond school: How music learning is the gift that keeps on giving Afterword Acknowledgements Index
Dr Anita Collins is an award-winning educator, researcher and writer in the field of brain development and music learning. She is internationally recognised for her unique work in translating the scientific research of neuroscientists and psychologists to parents, teachers and students. In 2014 Anita wrote one of the most watched TED Education films ever made, 'How Playing an Instrument Benefits Your Brain', (currently this has been viewed over 35 million times worldwide) which led to an invitation to speak at TEDXCanberra later that year. Anita regularly presents her research on television, radio and through her scholarly and popular writings. She was the lead on-screen expert in the ABC TV series 'Don't Stop the Music' and is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Canberra and Associate Fellow of Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.