Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function in At-Risk Children

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Two years of musical training improves auditory brain function. EVANSTON, Ill. – A new Northwestern University study provides the first direct evidence that a community music program for at-risk youth has a biological effect on children’s developing nervous systems. Two years of music lessons improved the precision with which the children’s brains distinguished similar speech sounds,…

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American Sign Language Version of ‘Happy,’ With RIT/NTID Ties, Goes Viral

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A music video from an Adirondack summer camp for aspiring deaf teen filmmakers and co-sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has gone viral. That video, an adaptation of the Pharrell Williams song “Happy,” was done in American Sign Language. It received nearly 800,000 hits on YouTube and was People.com’s…

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Music to Your Ears?

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New Research Examines Evidence of Damage to Your Hearing. University of Leicester – August 2014 – Many people listen to loud music without realizing that this can affect their hearing. This could lead to difficulties in understanding speech during age-related hearing loss which affects up to half of people over the age of 65. New research…

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