Cognition

Science Center Stage: Music Improves Brain Development in Children

We talk often about how music impacts our lives in countless ways. With our little ones, we focus on the positive effects of music as children grow - specifically development in the language, social, emotional, fine and gross motor, and cognitive domains. All of these domains are controlled by that mysterious organ - the human [...]

Big Brains! Music Feeds Brain Development

Science tells us what we, as music educators, already know: music is good for brain development. We constantly see study after study that verifies what we see on a daily basis in the young musicians with whom we interact. Recently, a study at the University of Southern California's Brain and Creativity Institute indicated that early [...]

Sound First – Symbol Second

It's how we acquire any language - sound first - symbol second. We learn to speak before we learn to read. Music is the same way - we mimic what we hear before we can read it on the page. We learn by rote before we learn through understanding. Our last post talked about music's [...]

ADHD – An Adult Perspective on the Journey

According to a 2011 report from the Center for Disease Control, the rate of ADHD diagnoses was 11% in children ages 4 to 17. When I was that age the diagnosis rate was about 3% - 5%. If you want to do the math, I’m 43. Recommendations on how to treat the disorder have changed [...]

Square Peg in a Square Hole: Music in the Preschool Experience – A Natural Fit

It fits; it really fits. In fact, there’s no better fit in the preschool years or for a preschool curriculum than music and music classes. Here are a few reasons why. Introducing children to abstract musical concepts will also develop their abstract thinking skills, expressive speaking, and creative expression. Learning musical terminology significantly expands a [...]