Music, Children and Brain Development

This article is incredibly interesting… Please read! Recently in my behavioral pediatrics practice I saw James, a 5-year-old boy (details, as always, have been changed to protect privacy) who struggled with severe social anxiety. The lunchroom and gym were particularly difficult, and he would retreat into silence. In a visit with his parents we were […]

Meet Amy: Best Violin Teacher in Town!

Starting this September, EFMusic is offering violin lessons along with viola and cello lessons with the very awesome and talented, Amy Marbut! Amy Marbut, a graduate of the University of South Florida. has been playing violin for over 17 years and has been a performer,composer and instructor for the past ten.  She actually began teaching as […]

Summer “Playing” List! (Piano)

Summer can be hectic, and some of us choose to take a few activities off our plate, but that doesn’t mean you should stop playing! Instead of working in lesson books this summer to improve, just pick ONE SONG! One song you really enjoy that will be fun to learn! What about video game themes, […]

Find Nearby Concerts on your Smart Phone!!

Hey all you music lovers! Today I came across a really great free APP that will show you what concerts are happening in your area! Bandsintown is the name of this awesome tool.  Allow it to use your location and it will give you a huge list of concerts playing where ever you are!  I think […]

Ji-Hae Park: The violin, and my dark night of the soul

Want to be inspired? Watch this video of violinist Ji-Hae Park, who explains a full and happy life cannot come from the goal to reach “fame & fortune.” Listen as she share’s her story through words and of course, her incredible playing. “In her quest to become a world-famous violinist, Ji-Hae Park fell into a […]

Music Helps Children Master Fractions!

In California, an innovative curriculum using rhythm in music has been developed to help children learn fractions in elementary school.  As you may recall for yourself, or have seen with your own children, fractions can be hard to understand, but they are hugely important.  In order to be successful in higher level math education, you need a […]

Music Note Shoes for a Good Cause! :)

I’ve seen lots of music apparel and jewelry in my day, but I don’t remember running across a pair of shoes before!  A student of mine recently introduced me to music note shoes sold by   They are actually pretty cool, but that’s not the part that really caught my attention. Before last week, […]

Piano vs. Keyboard: What’s best for you?

People need to know what to look for when buying an instrument, but first things first.  How do you know if you should get a piano or keyboard??  As great as they make digital pianos these days, in my opinion, nothing will compare to a nice acoustic.  That being said, a piano still may not […]

Music: The New Medicine for the Brain!

  A 60 year old public speaking coach was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  She started by developing leg spasms, but in the end it led to a serious fall in the shower.  This woman could barely walk, but then something amazing happened!  One day she turned on her shower radio to an oldies station, and she […]