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Molding Minds: Music in the Early Childhood Classroom

  • May 20, 2019

If you've ever had any involvement with preschools--whether as a teacher, a parent, or even if you can reach back all those years to your own preschool experience--you've probably realized just how big a role music plays in the classroom. From greeting children in the mornings and sending them off in the afternoons, to signaling transitions, to easing them into…

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The Importance of Practicing

  • March 12, 2019

You've signed your child up for regular piano (or bass, guitar, voice or any other type of music) lessons. Congratulations! They are already on their way to enjoying so many of the benefits of learning a musical instrument. But it doesn't stop there. In order to reap these benefits, your child will have to practice. A regular practice routine can take a while…

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Communicating Beyond the Disease: Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Patients

  • February 13, 2019

According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the US, although some studies suggest it may even come in third. The Centers for Disease Control ranked Parkinson's the fourteenth cause of death. And dementia more broadly and other neuro-degenerative diseases affect more than 4.5 million people in the US alone, and…

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The Universal Language of Humankind: The Importance of Music in Society

  • January 2, 2019

Daniel Levitin, author of This is Your Brain on Music, declares that music is woven into the fabric of society, and that any time humans come together for any reason, music is there. "Understanding why we like music and what draws us to it," he writes, "is therefore a window on the essence of human nature...” In other words, music and humankind…

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Music as Panacea: Music Therapy’s Myriad Applications & Benefits

  • November 7, 2018

As many of our other blog posts have shown, there is something truly magical about music: whether you are creating it, listening to it, dancing to it or simply playing it in the background while you're doing other things, music activates your brain, forcing you to focus, make connections, let go of stress, regulate your emotions, connect with others, and…

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Music And Math

Music & Math

  • October 2, 2018

Have you ever noticed that many great musicians or composers are also mathematically inclined--and vice versa? Leonardo DaVinci, Albert Einstein, Herbie Hancock, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Coltrane. At first, music and math might seem like the two farthest disciplines from each other: in math, there is one right answer and not much of the human involved; in music, on the…

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When Words Fail: Music Education For Children With Special Needs

When Words Fail: Music Education for Children With Special Needs

  • August 7, 2018

Have you ever heard Joni Mitchell warble on your record player and felt deeply understood? Have you ever listened to an aching cello fill a recital hall with Bach and realized fundamental truths about the world? Have you ever sat at a piano and been able to say things with your fingers moving deftly over the keys that you'd never be able to…

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Music As Medicine

Music as Medicine: How Music Reduces Stress and Keeps You Calm

  • July 23, 2018

Maybe you like to light some candles, meditate or do breathing exercises, practice yoga, go for a walk in nature, or vent to friends. There are many ways to calm yourself down and release stress and anxiety--in fact, all of the ones I just mentioned are good options. But there is well-documented and pretty astounding proof of music's amazing power…

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A Child's Brain On Music

Your Child’s Brain on Music

  • June 5, 2018

Have you ever picked up a guitar and sworn that you were becoming smarter? Sat down at a piano and decided that you were finally ready to read James Joyce's Ulysses? Put on some classical and felt that you were more empathetic to your friend's issues? These examples may sound extreme, but there is overwhelming evidence that learning an instrument and…

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Your Brain On Music

Your Brain on Music

  • May 22, 2018

Music is the great equalizing art form: many people find visual art opaque, get bored by live theater, don't watch movies anymore, and with the Kardashians franchise taking over, it's hard to call a lot of TV "artistic." But everyone listens to music. From babies and toddlers singing along to Raffi's "Baby Beluga," to your eighty-year-old grandpa humming Sam Cooke; it's…

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