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Musicians may be most creative 'when not actually playing instrument'

New research into how and when the muse strikes finds that even fairly mundane activities can feed in to new insights.

The Guardian

Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

Pacific Standard

Say What? French Horn Players Run Risk Of Hearing Loss

Loud music can lead to hearing loss. But it's not just rock musicians and their fans who are at risk.

NPR

Is jazz good for babies?

When jazz musician Michael Janisch had his first child, he put the theories to the test with a specially recorded album.

The Guardian

Why We Like Sad Music

SADNESS is an emotion we usually try to avoid. So why do we choose to listen to sad music?

The New York Times

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach.

The Telegraph

Teatro Real Names New Artistic Director; Mortier to Step Down Immediately

The opera house Teatro Real put an end on Wednesday to an unusually public and tense leadership dispute by replacing Gerard Mortier as its artistic director with Joan Matabosch.

The New York Times

Is New Age thinking good or bad for musicians?

"The German novelist Hermann Hesse wrote, 'When a man tries, with the gifts bestowed on him by nature, to fulfill himself, he is doing the highest thing he can do, the only thing that has any meaning.'

The Telegraph

Does music in the workplace help or hinder?

Police in England and Wales paid £660,952 for licences so staff could listen to music in offices in the past year, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

BBC


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