Festival Information: 2017

Here you’ll find all the information you’ll need for the 2017 Festival!  The link below will give you all the basic information, due dates, fees etc.: Festival Information: 2017 Take a look at the scoring sheets to understand how you’ll be rated! Scoring Festival rating chart: This breaks down and defines each rating. Festival rating sheet […]

Music Lessons for 3 – 4 year olds?

Parents want the best for the children, and that means exposing them to all different kinds of activities.  Many are interested in music lessons at a young age because they know how beneficial music can be for a developing mind – let alone the joy it can bring to their child’s life. Parents are eager […]

Treating ADHD with Music!

As a former teacher of underprivileged kids in an urban area, I’ve had many encounters with various behavioral, developmental and learning obstacles. It goes without saying I’ve seen my fair share of kids with attention issues. Whether ADHD or otherwise, there were always kids with problems focusing. When children with attention issues entered a band […]

Music Essay Contest: WIN MONEY!

Any student in grades 7-12 have a chance to win some money by writing an essay about something they love already: Music! There are two groups 7th – 8th grade & 9th – 12th. For each group there are first and second place prizes: 1st = $150 2nd = $100 The essay is only 500 […]

Playing an Instrument Benefits your Brain!

When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects […]

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

What makes children — from babies up through the teen years — smarter? Here are 10 things science says can help: Music Lessons – Tops the list! Are you surprised? 🙂 The Dumb Jock Is A Myth Don’t Read To Your Kids, Read With Them Sleep Deprivation Makes Kids Stupid IQ Isn’t Worth Much Without Self-Discipline Learning […]

Musical Training Offsets Academic Achievement Gaps!

Learning to play a musical instrument or to sing can help disadvantaged children strengthen their reading and language skills, according to research. The findings, which involved hundreds of kids participating in musical training programs, highlight the role learning music can have on the brains of youth in impoverished areas   Learning to play a musical […]

Does Practice Make Perfect?

Case Western Reserve University’s new assistant professor of psychology Brooke N. Macnamara, PhD, and colleagues have overturned a 20-year-old theory that people who excel in their fields are those who practiced the most. Their findings are in this month’s online issue of Psychological Science. “Don’t get me wrong. Practice is important,” said Macnamara, “It’s just […]

Young People & Busy Schedules = Better Time Management!

Parents aren’t the only ones who struggle with time management anymore; school children are finding it more difficult to squeeze in all the things they want to do each day. Larry Alexander, 4-H youth development specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the beginning of the school year is a great time to […]

Full Body Work-out for your Brain!

“When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects […]