January, Also Known As “Square One”

This post doesn’t have a picture to illustrate it. That’s because when I looked up “preschoolers fighting” or “preschoolers angry” or “preschoolers not listening to you” all I found were photos of attractive child models who were looking cute-angry. Actual preschoolers don’t look that cute when they’re  hitting somebody or lying on the floor, very […]

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Is Language Just a Kind of Music? Yes, to Young Children

Some researchers believe that children first learn language as a kind of music. They listen and study the rhythm and pitch of language long before they understand the meanings of words. These researchers conclude that music and language learning develop in similar ways. Music activities have been shown to increase children’s oral and auditory language skills. Music underlies language acquisition, […]

What’s New Wednesday: More Music = More Benefits for Children

This study was done with older children, but I feel it applies to young children as well. In fact, I believe music is even more important for the younger learners! Extended music education increases quality of school life Recent research reveals measurable benefits of having a few extra hours of music education every week. Recent research, published […]

What’s New Wednesday: Moving Together to Music Helps Young Children Be More Altruistic

Helpful bouncing babies show that moving together builds bonds from the time we learn to walk Date: June 24, 2014  Source: McMaster University Whether they march in unison, row in the same boat or dance to the same song, people who move in time with one another are more likely to bond and work together afterward. […]

What’s New Wednesday: Can Music Improve Young Children’s Behavior?

I would tend to think that anything that makes children  fell happier and better about themselves and life in general, like music, would naturally improve their behavior. Aren’t we all nicer when we’re happy? Well, this study gives scientific backing to this idea –  and indicates that music helps young children with problem-solving skills, too! […]

A Thought for Thursday: When to Start Formal Music Lessons

  This article of mine appears in the new (August 2014) issue of New Jersey Family. Play Dates What’s the right age to begin music lessons? BY ABIGAIL CONNORS One of my most vivid childhood memories is running home after my weekly piano lesson so I could try out my newest piece on my home […]

What’s New Wednesday: Can Music Activities Teach Empathy?

This 2012 study indicates that making music in a group may promote empathy. Music of kindness: playing together strengthens empathy in children A year-long study on childrens’ music-making indicates that playing music in groups on a regular basis greatly improves a child’s ability to empathise with others. We believe music to be one of the […]

What’s New Wednesday: Music Improvisation Helps Develop Creative Thinking

This study from 2009 indicates that improvisational activities, such as those included In my books and articles, can help children develop creative thinking in music: An experimental study of the effects of improvisation on the development of children’s creative thinking in music Koutsoupidou, T., & Hargreaves, D. J. (2009). An experimental study of the effects of […]

What’s New Wednesday: Music Promotes Reading Readiness

  A study from the University at Buffalo indicates that music activities promote oral language, literacy, and reading readiness.  “Music is one way that children can learn rhythm and rhyme of text, be exposed to new vocabulary and learn to discriminate a variety of sounds,”  states on eof the researchers. – See more at: http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2013/01/021.html#sthash.SxAGzrtj.dpuf […]