The new paradigms in neuroscience research focus on the qualitative aspects of learning that condition its significance and influence on the cognitive development of children. The new brain imaging techniques reveal an extraordinary richness demanding the creation of new educational spaces that efficiently enhance the reciprocal relationship between learning and the development of neural structures. Attending to the principles of neural plasticity and cognitive development associated to music education, our research, in natural context, proposes the violin as an effective tool in enriching children’s education and contributing to their cognitive and emotional development since the beginning of their academic life. Our Design-based Research attends to different elements that interact in the teaching-learning process in order to guarantee its viability in our education and social context.
Music education, cognitive development, neuroplasticity, qualitative elements of learning, violin pedagogy