There is a wealth of contemporary research in Music Education, Music Psychology and Music and the Brain available online.
Here is a selection of papers, abstracts and articles that I have found useful in informing many projects in schools:
Musical Training Influences Linguistic Abilities in 8-Year-Old Children
Music and the brain: three links to language (A D Patel)
Relating Pitch Awareness to Phonemic Awareness in Children: Implications for Tone-Deafness and Dyslexia
Does Music Education Enhance the Developing Brain and Academic Achievement?(R P Martin)
Benefits of Music and Movement for Children
Implementing a Musical Program to Promote Preschool Children’sVocabulary Development ( I Moyeda)
How non-music majors experience the value of participating in music. R.Bures
The Effects of Singing and Chanting on the Reading Achievement and Attitudes of first graders. K.H.Cochran 2008
The Effects of Music Instruction on Emergent Literacy Capacities among Preschool Children: A Literature Review
Phonemic Awareness and Musical Pitch Discrimination: Related? A Strout 2004
Can Music be used to teach Reading? R.Butzlaff 2000
Can Music Instruction Affect Children’s Cognitive Development? (Commentary)
The power of music: its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people S. Hallam (Summary)
Music Psychologists Adrian North and David Hargreaves have written many fascinating papers on the effect of music on consumer behaviour.
Their book is highly recommended:
The Social and Applied Psychology of Music by A. North and D. Hargreaves
OUP 2008 ISBN-10: 0198567421
Here are some links to abstracts of individual papers:
The Effect of Musical Style on Restaurant Customers’ Spending
Adrian C North, Amber Shilcock, and David J Hargreaves
The influence of in-store music on wine selections.
By North, Adrian C.; Hargreaves, David J.; McKendrick, Jennifer
And this very interesting discussion of the potential dangers of a systematic explicit approach to teaching social and emotional skills:
The curious case of the tail wagging the dog
Carol Craig, Centre for Wellbeing, Glasgow. Feb 2009.