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Musical Training Increases Cognitive Abilities

When two scientists at the University of Auckland carried out research on whether musicians use the same brain areas to process both music and language, they discovered some interesting information about how background music affects cognition in musicians versus non-musicians. Lucy Patston and Lynette Tippett tested two groups of 36 adults - the one group consisting of musicians with at least ten years of musical training, including having performed in university or at a national level, with the second group consisting of non-musicians. The results revealed that musical training may physically change the actual neural organization of various cognitive activities.

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ECMA Celebrates 25 Years of Music Excellence

The East Coast Music Awards is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week with a star-studded five-day event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, honoring the outstanding musicians who have made, and continue to make, Atlantic Canada's music scene world-class. The East Coast Music Awards started in 1989 as the Maritime Music Awards with five categories – Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. Today, the ECMA honors achievers in 25 music categories, as well as a number of awards for the music industry.

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Visit the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis

The Interactive Area at the Rhythm! Discovery Center in Indianapolis offers aspiring percussionists the opportunity to try out a range of fascinating instruments from around the world, including the Indian tabla, African talking drum, ocean drum, and hundreds of other percussion instruments. Moreover, the Virtual Environment Technology in the two Wenger sound Booths let visitors hear what it would be like to play various instruments, such as a steel drum, crash cymbals, xylophone and full drumset, in different venues, including a stadium, cathedral or concert hall.

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Building Communities Through Music Improvisation

The Modern Improvisational Music Association (MIMA) is a global initiative which has been promoting the innovative creation of music for more than ten years. MIMA's musical network is represented in Brazil, Argentina, China, Cyprus, France, England, Germany, Spain, Jamaica and the United States, pursuing the common goal of building and celebrating a sense of community by inspiring the transforming people through music. To achieve this, MIMA offers free music-based workshops in communities around the world, where young people are trained to lead similar workshops in their home communities.

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Gershwin Prize for Popular Song: Honoring Outstanding Talent

Presented to a composer or performer for their noteworthy contributions to popular music, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was created in 2007 in honor of songwriting duo George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Initiated by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, the Gershwin Prize is awarded to a recipient who exemplifies the level of excellence associated with the Gershwin brothers.

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