If you have an ear for
music or just feel good when you hear music playing, funds are
available for research to serve both your scientific and musical
tastes. The NAMM Foundation, the research arm of the music products
industry — a group that includes the stores you see in Nashville that
sell those cool guitars — offers grants for research that explores the
impact of hands-on music making.
(NAMM looks like an acronym, but what
does it stand for? It’s a mystery. According to the NAMM Web
site–which is deliberately coy on the question–it "stands for the
global music products industry. NAMM stands for you.")
group is interested in proposals from researchers in neuroscience,
psychology, and education that delve into topics such as cognitive
processes, skill development, and health effects, among others. Target
populations can range from the very young to the very old. The
foundation gives preference to projects lasting less than a year.