Group music activities and what they mean for your child

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A recent study called “Effects of Parent/Child Group Music Activities on Toddler Development: A Pilot Study” turned up in the journal Music Therapy Perspectives. Conducted out of Florida State by Standley, Walworth, and Nguyen, its goal was to assess whether structured group music activities have an effect, either positive or negative, on toddlers between 12 […]

Chase those blues away!

One of our recent posts at Minds on Music highlighted the developmental benefits of play. We all know that play is important to a child. Playing with your child can make a cranky toddler smile. Getting your baby to laugh more means less time spent crying. And the bonus: spending time playing with your child […]

Looking for a change in 2010? Check out this story.

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It really doesn't seem like that long ago that Rachel Roberts was a little girl in my Kindermusik class. Before I was an employee owner at Kindermusik, I taught Kindermusik classes at the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro, NC. She's pictured in the white sweater, and that's me in the pink jacket. You can imagine […]

Play — a child’s job

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We call it play, the work children do all the day long. From rolling a ball to mouthing it, from building with blocks to knocking them down, a child’s job is to play. Children learn and grow through play. Toys that mimic every day objects such as kitchen appliances, dress-up clothes, or gardening tools help […]

The Rain Stick

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I love poetry. While I don’t understand much of it, I love the rhythm of the words and verbal energy they evoke. One of my favorites is Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature. I am Irish by heritage, so perhaps Heaney’s Irish lyrical themes reach me from a distant past. Here’s […]