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Save the Date:  We are planning a fabulous one-day symposium in Worcester, MA, Friday, October 8:
Vibrant Arts = Flourishing Schools and Communities
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MCC Independence in Jeopardy
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Massachusetts residents are urged to contact their state senator and Governor Deval Patrick and request that the MCC not be placed under the control of MOTT (MA Office of Travel and Tourism).  The House has already approved a similar measure that does not include the MCC under MOTT, so focus must now move to the senate version of the bill and the governor.

To find your local state senator and the governor, click here for the Americans for the Arts website and follow the directions--you will be contacting state officials within two minutes--it is that easy!

Taking Music Seriously

Scientific review of how music training primes nervous system and boosts learning

Marshall Elementary Students 2008 Now a data-driven review by Northwestern University researchers published July 20 in Nature Reviews Neuroscience pulls together converging research from the scientific literature linking musical training to learning that spills over to skills including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion. The science covered comes from labs all over the world, from scientists of varying scientific philosophies, using a wide range of research methods.

Scientists use the term neuroplasticity to describe the brain's ability to adapt and change as a result of training and experience over the course of a person's life. The studies covered in the Northwestern review offer a model of neuroplasticity, said Nina Kraus, lead author of the Nature perspective. The research strongly suggests that the neural connections made during musical training also prime the brain for other aspects of human communication.

"The effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness and thus requires society to re-examine the role of music in shaping individual development," the researchers conclude.
We hope you are having a pleasant summer.  Don't forget to check out our fabulous new videos on our website, and now we have a closed-captioned version of the main film posted there as well!

Jonathan C. Rappaport, Executive Director
Arts|Learning, Inc.