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Sesame Street Workshop announces core curriculum will focus on music and the arts.

Music Through the Years and Ears
Scientists say a taste for melody crosses lines of time and species

Sesame Street Workshop announces core curriculum will focus on music and the arts.

Sesame Street Workshop has announced that, "Sesame Street’s" 2001 and 2002 core curriculum will focus on music and the arts. According to Band and Orchestra Magazine, "Sesame Street" picks a focus and theme for each season. Although themes are usually chosen for one year, in response to the mounting research that links early engagement in active music making with a child’s capacity to learn and grow, the "Sesame Street" producers have chosen to focus on music and art for two years.

As announced by the American Music Conference, "in conjunction with Sesame Street’s upcoming curriculum focus on music and art, Sesame Street Music Works will use the powerful appeal, trust and educational value of Sesame Street across different media components (video, print, online, publicity and more) to help children to make music, help parents and educators understand the role of music in a child’s development, and enhance our everyday opportunities to use music to help children learn. Musicians, early childhood experts, music educators and scientists have worked with Sesame Workshop’s creative and educational research teams to create the conceptual groundwork and develop educational goals for this cutting-edge music outreach initiative." For more information about this exciting programming one can visit the American Music Conference website at http://www.amc-music.com

Music Through the Years and Ears
Scientists say a taste for melody crosses lines of time and species

In a pair of articles appearing in the current issue of the journal "Science," several scientists show that musical understanding is so deep-seated that it may be one of humanity's oldest activities, and that in fundamental ways it even crosses the lines of species. Through research, they hope, they may come to better understand the human mind, perhaps even learning important clues about how to overcome damage to the auditory system.

Tramo, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, says he is fascinated by the complexity of the human brain's response to music. "There is no 'music center' in the brain," he wrote. Nearly every cognitive part of the brain is involved in listening to music, and when we move to the music many of the motor areas are involved as well. "Imagine how much of the brain lights up when we dance!"

By learning exactly how the brain processes and decodes the complex mix of tones, rhythms, timbre and melodic progression that make up music, a more comprehensive understanding of how the brain makes sense of the world around us may emerge. In the same way, other scientists are using responses to visual arts as a way of probing the workings of the human visual system.

"We really want to understand basic sensory physiology," Tramo said. "That understanding in time is going to help scientists in their efforts to help the deaf to hear, and help the blind to see."

Further details about this study can be found at


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