Music from Birth: In It for the Long Haul

Today is the longest day of the year! To mark this in a musical way, Theresa Case brings us a post about keeping music in our lives from the very beginning so we might enjoy its benefits for as long as possible! - Dr. B "What if there was one activity that could improve our [...]

New Father Jitters: A Father’s Day Story

Hello friends! The summer months roll onward and this Sunday is Father's Day. We're going to give you a list of fun activities for the day, but first, a story. I wear lots of hats - blog editor, professor, conductor - but the one I am most proud of is father. I remember being scared [...]

The Surprising Connections Between Social-Emotional Skills and Cognitive Development

We all want our children to be smarter, to excel academically to the best of their abilities, and to have every possible advantage.  Thus, researchers continue to probe what it is that improves cognitive development, especially in young children.  Most recently, a study at the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation found a direct […]

Baby Brains: Music and Speech

Music is full of patterns. It’s why educators and researchers have pointed out for a long time now that music helps kids with math. And now, thanks to technological advances that help us “see” inside the brain, we’re starting to understand more and more of how music shapes and impacts cognitive development, therefore significantly impacting [...]


I remember a certain Flag Day just a few years ago; it sticks in my memory as a parent. My sons and I were taking in the sights at Independence Mall in Philadelphia. This area is packed full will history - amazing buildings, incredible statues and, of course, the Liberty Bell. This day, as we [...]