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 […]

Feel Powerful – Pump up the Music!

It’s the day of the big game — before heading out to the field, you put on your headphones and blast some music to pump you up. The music seemingly empowers you to do great things. This effect is not all in your head — according to new research, music truly does make us feel […]

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 […]

The After School Attitude!

I ran across this article on Facebook and noticed the comments from parents before even reading it. They were mostly the same – “Thank you for posting!! This is so helpful!”  Well I decided to take a look, and yes, it’s definitely helpful. Many parents are experiencing the “After school Attitude” and it’s not fun. […]

Music Students are Smarter: Here’s Why.

People who have musical training are generally very smart.  Have you wondered why?  Read on! Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help […]

Music and Your Baby: Newborn to 1 Year Old

Can listening to music benefit my child? Definitely. Think about how music affects you—how an upbeat tune chases away the blues and soft music helps you fall asleep. Your baby is no different. Lullabies have a proven track record for soothing infants—ask any parent who has resorted to singing them when the baby wakes up […]