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KOVA ED on music education, pedagogic innovation and EdTech - Ksenia Ova EPISODE 4, 30th August 2021
Piano Lessons For The Ageing Brain

Piano Lessons For The Ageing Brain

Season 1 Episode 4; Guest speaker - Sofia Livotov (piano and voice teacher at KOVA ED - https://www.kovaed.com/about/; https://www.sofialivotov.com/).

In this episode, Sofia and I talk about the process of ageing and without being too optimistic we share how piano lessons can be beneficial to an ageing brain. Some things we say are backed by scientific research studies and some are brought to you from professional experiences of working with elderly learners.


DIAZ ABRAHAN, V., SHIFRES, F. & JUSTEL, N. 2019. Cognitive Benefits From a Musical Activity in Older Adults. Front Psychol, 10, 652.

KIM, S. J. & YOO, G. E. 2019. Instrument Playing as a Cognitive Intervention Task for Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Front Psychol, 10, 151.

The National Geographic - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/1/140103-music-lessons-brain-aging-cognitive-neuroscience/

PAUWELS, L., CHALAVI, S. & SWINNEN, S. P. 2018. Aging and brain plasticity. Aging (Albany NY), 10, 1789-1790.

PETERS, R. 2006. Ageing and the brain. Postgrad Med J, 82, 84-8.

SCAHILL, R. I., FROST, C., JENKINS, R., WHITWELL, J. L., ROSSOR, M. N. & FOX, N. C. 2003. A longitudinal study of brain volume changes in normal aging using serial registered magnetic resonance imaging. Arch Neurol, 60, 989-94.

SEINFELD, S., FIGUEROA, H., ORTIZ-GIL, J. & SANCHEZ-VIVES, M. V. 2013. Effects of music learning and piano practice on cognitive function, mood and quality of life in older adults. Front Psychol, 4, 810.