Social & Emotional

Building Community Through Music

I travel quite a lot as a conductor. I guest conduct choral festivals in various locations as a part of my musical life. Last month, I found myself working with the New Jersey Treble All-State Choir, an ensemble made up of high school sopranos and altos. These types of festivals are always exciting for me. [...]

Book Review – Fidget Wisely

Fidget Wisely: 10 Ways to Teach Mindfulness Skills to Kids Who Can't Sit Still by Kirsten May Keach MA, MFT is available at your favorite local bookstore or online in both digital and paperback editions.   A Wonderful Resource... Does your child fidget? Perhaps he has a hard time sitting in one place. Let's face it...we've all [...]

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 [...]