The Pointy End

The World's Oldest Surviving Piano Sounds Better That You'd Think

While music is inherently ephemeral art form, preserved historical instruments provide a tangible link to our musical past. But pianos are delicate creatures, and unlike violins, violas, and cellos, they get actually worse with age, not better.

Musical Toronto

How do musician's brains work while playing?

Musical styles and strengths vary dramatically: Some musicians are better at sight reading music, while others are better at playing by ear. Does this mean that their brains are processing information differently?

Science Daily

Pourquoi les instruments s'accordent-ils sur le La ?

On a tant entendu et tant utilisé le « la du diapason » qu’on en croirait presque qu’il s'est imposé naturellement. Mais non, on l'utilise par convention.

France Musique

5 Classical Music Rivalries That Left Bad Blood

Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. Oasis and Blur. Biggie and 2Pac. Music rivalries have a long history and classical music has seen its share of bad blood.

WQXR

Can Music Make You Sick?

Help Musicians UK commissioned this report in response to the charity’s observation around the rise in the number of calls and applications from musicians with mental health problems and is seeking to understand and quantify their significance as well as find solutions to this issue within the industry.

Music Stage

Why Our Brains Respond Differently to Classical Music

Chinese researchers report even a few moments of opera produce a thoughtful, empathetic response.

Pacific Standard

Le prêt d'instruments de musique dans les bibliothèques est un succès

Le programme de prêt d'instruments de musique dans des bibliothèques publiques de Montréal s'avère jusqu'ici un succès, avec un taux d'emprunts de 97 %.

Radio Canada

The Art of Listening

Most of us hear but not all of us listen. We are almost always surrounded by sounds (music, speech, radio, television, the hum of machinery, the cacophonous din of urban life). We do not endeavor to listen to all of this but, like it or not, we hear it all.

WQXR

Music to the ears of dementia patients suggests new learning is possible

Conventional wisdom has it that people with dementia can't learn new things. But results of a Melbourne University pilot program encouraging patients with early and mid-stage dementia to write their own song lyrics suggests otherwise.

The Sydney Morning Herald


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