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Sources and Further Reading

Below are some articles, reports, videos, and resources for further reading around the wide-ranging benefits of music.

Music makes you smile

Valentine, E. & Evans, C. (2001) The effects of solo singing, choral singing and swimming on mood and physiological indices. British Journal of Medical Psychology, 74.

Clift, S., Hancox, G., Morrison, I., Hess, B., Kreutz, G. & Stewart, D. (2010) Choral singing and psychological wellbeing: Quantitative and qualitative findings from English choirs in a cross-national survey. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 1(1).

Stuckey, Heather L, and Jeremy Nobel. (2010) “The connection between art, healing, and public health: a review of current literature.” American journal of public health vol. 100,2.

Davidson, J. W. (2011) Musical participation: Expectations, experiences, and outcomes. In I. Deliege & J. W. Davidson (Eds.), Music and the mind: Essays in honour of John Sloboda. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Bull, L. How can you use music to support wellbeing in your early years setting? Nursery Management Today, at

Music is good for your brain

Collins, A. How playing an instrument benefits your brain. Ted.Ed video at

Jones, J. (2019). The Music Diet: The rock and roll route to a healthier, longer life. Biddles Books.

Jones, J. (2020) Keynote speech at the Music Mark Annual Conference 2020. Video recording available to Music Mark members:

Levitin, D. (2019) This is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession. Penguin.

Music helps you connect

Pitts, S. (2005). Valuing musical participation Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Music has academic benefits

Hallam, S. (2015), The Power of Music, London, UK: International Music Education Research Centre.

Sala, Giovanni & Gobet, Fernand. (2020). Cognitive and academic benefits of music training with children: A multilevel meta-analysis. Memory & Cognition.

Hallam, S., Roger, K. (2016). The impact of instrumental music learning on attainment at age 16: a pilot study, British Journal of Music Education, 33 (3).

Hallam, S. (2019) A Singing School is a Successful School, Out of the Ark Music

Guhn, M E., Scott D.;Gouzouasis, P. (2020) A population-level analysis of associations between school music participation and academic achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 112 (2).

Music opens a door to a whole world

UK Music (2020) Music by Numbers Report 2020

Youth Music (2020) A Blueprint for the future

There are lots of ways to be musical

Youth Music. The Sound of the Next Generation.

You don't need to spend much to get started

Hallam, S., Creech, A. (2010). Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom – Achievements, analysis and aspirations. Institute of Education.

You don't need to be an expert to help your child learn

Kanneh-Mason, K. (2020) House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons. Oneworld Publications.

Kanneh-Mason, K. (2020) The role of the parent in supporting music learning and progression. Keynote speech at the Music Mark Annual Conference 2020. Video recording available to Music Mark members:

Music is for life

Roulston, K. (2010) “There is no end to learning”: Lifelong education and the joyful learner, International Journal of Music Education, 28(4).

Lamont, A. (2011a) The beat goes on: Music education, identity and lifelong learning. Music Education Research, 13(4).

Pitts, S. (2018) Making music, making communities. Making Music.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (2017). Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing.

Music is rewarding (2019) Regularly making music makes you healthier and happier, at

General reading

Learn Music London (2017) at

Music Mark (2019) 10 Things Schools Should Know About Music, at

ABRSM (2014) Making Music: Teaching, learning & playing in the UK.

Webster, P. (1990) ‘Creative thinking in Music: Introduction‘, Music Educators Journal 76(9).

Making Music (2015). ‘The evidence bank’ at


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