What I find interesting is looking at Alanna's list of which teaching processes have been found to actually stimulate and strengthen the synapses of students' brains:
What BUILDS connections
• Learning by doing
• Physical movement
• Using more than one sense to learn
• Having fun learning
• Being emotionally calm and open to learning
• Building on information already there
• Discerning patterns
• Taking some risk, but not too much
• Having a positive connection with the teacher
• Knowing why you’re learning
Another diagram details Education and the learning brain, with five implications for learning that are extremely relevant to music education:
1. A prerequisite for learning is to be calm.Here are links to the complete series of Alanna Mitchell's articles in the Toronto Star. This is fascinating reading. I'll update with more info on the field as I investigate.
2. Emotion is not separate from logic.
3. Learning must involve some risk-taking
4. Using more than one sense makes blood flow to more than one part of the brain.
5. Moving and learning at the same time is better.