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BrainCanDo: Music is Instrumental Conference

A Day Exploring Music and Learning On Tuesday 14 June 2016, BrainCanDo hosted its second annual conference at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, a stunning venue in Central London. The day was targeted at Music and Psychology professionals as we explored music and learning, more specifically what happens to our brain when we create music.   It […]

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Humming Music Helps Girls Do Maths

Another aspect of the work and research of BrainCanDo received recognition in The Sunday Times on 5 June 2016. Sian Griffiths, Education Editor, focused upon the use of music when revising by girls at Queen Anne’s School and whether or not it actually helps. The pupils at Queen Anne’s, an independent boarding school, who are […]

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BrainCanDo Workshops Helping to Ward Off Exam Stress

On Sunday 17 April 2016, the BrainCanDo programme featured prominently in The Sunday Times in an article discussing the effectiveness of attempting to control the inevitable stress and anxiety that surrounds exam season via some of the techniques that have been embedded into the culture of Queen Anne’s School. It is no wonder that in […]


The Brain of a Professional Musician

‘Anatomists today would be hard put to identify the brain of a visual artist, a writer or a mathematician – but they would recognize the brain of a professional musician without a moment’s hesitation.’ So said, the late neurologist Oliver Sacks. Neuroscientists have known for some time that music has an effect on the brain […]


How can music make you smart?

The benefits of active music – playing a musical instrument or singing – and seeing the positive results of practice have been shown to have a link to academic performance and could have implications for future teaching interventions. Results from a new research project* indicate that there is a chain of relationships that connect academic […]


BrainCanDo in The Sunday Times

Following on from the success of our BrainCanDo Conferences in March, we are delighted to announce that Queen Anne’s have been featured in last weekend’s edition of The Sunday Times, not once but twice! The first article, “Let it rock, girls, and fine-tune your learning”, focuses on the innovative ways that our pupils use music […]


BrainCanDo Two-Day Conference

Queen Anne’s School, Caversham hosted a two-day BrainCanDo conference on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 March, attended by students, teachers, parents and academics. The programme commenced with the BrainCanDo Inspiring Women Conference on Friday 6 March, in conjunction with International Women’s Day. Over 450 delegates, including students from years 10 – 13 and teachers, were […]