Social & Emotional

How Music Affects your Mood and your Mind

With over 30 years of observing children and adults in the Kindermusik classroom, we know from experience that music has a huge effect on the emotions. Science and research continue to affirm what we also suspect, and that is that music can significantly impact cognition as well – in the early years and later in [...]

7 Things: Harvard Psychologists Identify Positive Parenting Points

Recently, psychologists from Harvard's Making Caring Common Project (MCC) produced a list of seven concepts successful parents tend to consider when raising caring, compassionate, ethical children. The MCC exists to: ..help educators, parents, and communities raise children who are caring, responsible to their communities, and committed to justice. It's a pretty wonderful group of folks who [...]

Everyone Can Sing

A recent article, written by Northwestern music education professor, Steven M. Demorest, over at The Conversation, an "independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public," explored the idea of musical talent. The most telling fact, one that I have been aware of for most of my [...]

Alex and Music’s Magic: A Kindermusik Story

Mark and Kim Elicker and their son Ethan were a wonderful family, but they all had so much more love to give. About six years ago they traveled to China to adopt two year old Alex. This is his story - a story of endless love and musical magic. Kindermusik for Ethan Before Alex came [...]