We try to figure out what medicines or vitamins or exercises have the most favorable effect. We evaluate which hair product works best, which pillow or mattress allows us a better night's sleep, which routes take the shortest amount of time. Many of us have determined that certain kinds of music have predictable effects -- for instance, listening to certain songs before a sports event can help you get pumped up. We might find particular music best for studying, writing, or meditating.
Anyway, here are the musical science projects and articles:
* All Science Fair Project's Music section
* Science Buddies' Music Science
* Julian Rubin's music science projects
* Music Science Fair ideas from Ehow
* Exploratorium's Science of Music: The Accidental Scientist
* Brian Wesley Rich's Sound Experiments
* Robert Krampf, the Happy Scientist, has a number of sound-related projects. He generously made one of his subscriber-only videos available for us: Noisy String: Explore the importance of sounding boards for guitars and other stringed instruments. Thanks, Rob!
* PBS's The Music Instinct (Science and Song)
* Psychology Today's music blog