Moving and the Mind

When does the most powerful and sustaining learning happen?  Look in the window of any Kindermusik classroom, and you’ll see the answer right away.  The best and most effective learning happens when both body and mind are engaged.  Simply put, movement wakes up the brain, enhances understanding, and increases retention. Interestingly enough, researchers and professors […]

Educator Spotlight: Katie Henderson

Katie Henderson is the director of Music Connections Foundations in Bloomington, Illinois, where they have an award-winning Kindermusik program that is the highlight of their not-for-profit foundation. Music Connections became a Not for Profit Foundation in 2008 in order to broaden the impact of their Kindermusik program. To date, Music Connections has drastically increased their [...]

Online Toys for Music Joys: Google’s Chrome Music Lab

Greetings music fans! In celebration of the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Week of the Young Child™, I thought we'd check out Google's Chrome Music Lab. This is a collection of extremely fun, visually and aurally appealing applets that the geniuses over at Google created. These little apps are seriously entertaining and have the potential [...]

Using Music to Address Challenging Behaviors

Whether in the classroom or at home, if there are children, there are likely to be challenging behaviors.  That’s because kids will be kids, and we all have our moments.  While there are many appropriate ways to address challenging behaviors depending the child, the situation, and the need of the moment, we’d like to suggest […]

Music and Memory – Helping Stroke and Dementia Patients

Sometimes I apologize in advance to my Kindermusik families for how many times we repeat a song in class.  But then I cheerily remind them that experts tell us that repetition strengthens the brain – especially musical repetition! Kindermusik songs that stay in your head may be a little annoying to parents, even though the […]