By La Monica Everett-Haynes We know that music can bring people together, allow us to communicate in deeply meaningful ways. But can music change the way we think about others? Scientists from the University of Arizona think so. Their research has found that musical collaboration can help to improve cross-cultural, intergroup dialogue. “‘Music would not have developed in our civilizations if it did not do very important things to us,’ said [Jake] Harwood, a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Communication. ‘Music allows us to communicate common humanity to each other. It models the value of diversity in ways you don’t readily see in other parts of our lives.'” When have the arts, sciences, or humanities helped you to understand the world from someone else’s point of view?

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