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 […]

Ode to Joy: The Science of Happiness through Singing

I used to think choir singing was only was for nerds and church people. Since I was neither, I never considered singing in a group—even though I loved singing by myself. Then, in my 20s, I found myself facing a big, black hole of depression. I remembered how much fun I had once singing Christmas […]

7 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick This Winter

Have colds and the flu become an inevitable part of your winter holidays? Sneak these easy disease-fighting habits into your life to help stop sickness in it’s tracks. 1. Sneeze and Cough into Your Arm or a Tissue Whoever taught us to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze got it wrong. That just […]

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 […]

Festival Information: 2015

Here you’ll find all the information you’ll need for the 2015 Festival!  The link below will give you all the basic information, dates, fees etc.: Festival Information: 2015 But that’s not all –  Below are more resources you’ll find helpful!  There is a composition competition where students have the chance to win money for their work. […]

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 […]

10 Steps to Being the Musician You Always Wanted to Be

Principle no. 1: there are no short cuts Let me say that again; there are no short cuts. Now there’s a part of you that knows its true, but there’s another part of you that thinks ‘but I’ll be different, I’ll find a quicker way. You won’t, and it’ll take you just as long as […]

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 […]