Book Review: Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore

For this installment of our book review, we take a peek at  the intrepid mouse, Maisy. Fans of Maisy will delight in her newest adventure at the local bookstore, which is very different from her experience at the library, by the way.  With bright colorful illustrations, this sweet little board book is perfectly sized and adorably written for its youngest fans between the ages of 2 – 5 years. Continue reading “Book Review: Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore

No Matter What – Sing to Your Child

Sing to Your Child

It’s the viral video that made its rounds on Facebook and probably made you tear up a bit too.  A mom sings a sad love song to her 10-month baby, and the baby’s eyes well up.  Why does the baby have such an emotional reaction to the mother’s singing?

In her article featuring this viral video, psychologist Siu-Lan Tan theorizes that it has to do with the emotional contagion that causes human begins to “absorb and reflect the intense emotions of those around them.”   Continue reading “No Matter What – Sing to Your Child”

10 Reasons to Be a Music Major

Major in Music

The world needs musicians, and musicians can get their start early (hint, hint). To do many things in the world as a professional musician, it’s often beneficial to continue music study past Kindermusik and into the higher ed realm. But many parents get scared when their son or daughter tells them, “Mom, Dad…I want to be a music major.”

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Mommy Reblog: How to Start a Mommy Blog

Elna at TwinsMommy

We’re always keeping our eyes peeled for great content to pass your way. Mommy Bloggers are always sharing excellent ideas and activities with the world and we love signal boosting the best of the best. But what about you? If you are a parent, I’m positive you have a story to share or a parenting technique that has worked wonders for you. If so, perhaps starting a mommy blog is for you.

Elna, the mom who runs TwinsMommy.com, spells out how to start a mommy blog for the beginner – from soup to nuts – and make money while you do it! Take a peek and share your ideas with the rest of us! Continue reading “Mommy Reblog: How to Start a Mommy Blog”

In Your Right Brain: The Mind’s Response to Music

In your right brain

The brain is a mysterious organ. It is responsible for all the functions of the body, processes pain, yet has no pain receptors of its own. It’s 73% water and produces enough energy to light a small LED bulb. An infant’s brain is constantly growing but is already about 80% of the size it will reach in adulthood. If you had a piece of your own brain the size of a grain of sand in your palm, it would contain over 100,000 neurons (the cell type that transmits information) and over 1 billion synapses (the junction between neurons). There is much we don’t know about the brain, but after decades of high-level research, we have learned a great deal.

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Kids Get It: Music is Magic

Music is Magic

We’ve said it many times, and it’s kind of become my catchphrase…music is magic. We bring you lots of studies about music’s positive impact on learning domains, on brain development, and on academic achievement. We highlight these important aspects of an early childhood rich with musical experiences in many different ways – because we really want to hammer home the point: music should be a vital part of growing up.

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The Blues: Music and Mood

The Blues – one of the first American musical genres – has been with us now for well over a century. It finds its roots in the music of Africa, what ethnomusicologist Gerhard Kubik calls the “cradle of the blues.” Early music made by African slaves used a great deal of call and response form; this is present in early iterations of the blues, Here is an example of call and response from Kenya.

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