Why Music?

Music does more than entertain our children;music also helps to shape our children's minds.Researchers have long suspected that music affects the brain the most profound ways.

According to much recent neurological research,early musical experiences can produce lasting effects on a child's development.

                      

  

Why should my child study music?

Music boosts intelligence and higher level reasoning skills.

Student who study music score higher on both the verbal and math portions of the SAT than
nonmusical students.  (College Entrance Examination Board as reported in Symphony, Sept. - Oct. 1996)

About 80 percent of all students accepted to Harvard, regardless of their major, have had serious music instruction.                            (Creative  Child, July-August 1999)

In a study of medical school applicant, 66 percent of music majors who applied to medical school were admitted, the highest percentage of any group. Only 44 percent of biochemistry majors were  admitted. (Lewis Thomas, as reported in Phi Delta Kappan, February 1994)
 
The very best engineers and technical designers in the Silicon Valley industry are, nearly without exception, practicing musicians. (Grant Venerable, The Center for the Arts in the Basic Curriculum, NY                                                                  

 

     Music increases abilities inspatial/temporal reasoning, language,math and other areas.

 

Three year olds who received twice-weekly special singing lessons over a three-year period showed greater improvement than children who attended only regular nursery school programs on measures of motor ability (particularly coordination), abstract conceptual thinking, play improvisation, originality, and verbal abilities.  (Weinberger,  MuSICA Research Notes, Fall 1996)
 
Researchers found a high degree of correlation between how well first graders could read both standard and phonic materials and how well they could discriminate musical pitch. (Lamb, Gregory, as reported in Educational Psychology, 13, 1993)
 
Student in two Rhode Island elementary school given a sequential, skill-building program in music and art showed a marked improvement in reading and math skills. (Gardiner, Fox, Jeffry, and Knowles, as reported in Nature, May 23. 1996)
 
Preschoolers who studied piano performed 34%  better in spatial and temporal reasoning ability than preschoolers who spent the same amount of time learning to use computers. (Rauscher, Shaw, as reported in Neurological research, February 1997)

 

                                         Why Kindermusik?

 

Kindermusik is fun!  But it's not just a sing-along.  Kindermusik is a thoughtful, well-researched program of music and movement designed specifically to address all areas of your child's development: cognitive, language, physical, social, emotional, and musical development.

It is process-base, rather than performance-based.  This means that children are encouraged to explore without the pressure to perform.  Each new experience is a joyful one.

Kindermusik is age-appropriate learning.  The music and literature used in Kindermusik are designed to interest children at each developmental stage.

The quality of materials in class and for use at home is unmatched.  Children use high quality instruments in class and hear a wide variety of music, voices and instruments on CDs, recorded specifically for Kindermusik.  The take home materials encourage continued learning and music-making at home.

 

 

                                     What the Experts are saying…

 

Carla Hannaford, Ph.D.  –    Biologist, educator, and author of "Smart Moves" said: "Kindermusik is elegant in its integrated approach to a child's development.  Physiologically, touch, movement, rhythm and sound are the keystones to developing a healthy vestibular system and optimizing nervous system and brain growth."

 

Mary Sheedy Kurcinka  –   International family educator and author of "Raising Your Spirited Child" said: "Children are exposed to diverse learning materials and are provided with rich opportunities for hands-on experiences with developmentally appropriate instruments.  The joy is in the process of learning and the result is children who are more attuned in reaching their full potential."

 

Anne Green Gilbert  –   Movement Specialist, author of "Creative Dance for All Ages", and Director of Creative Dance Center said: "Current research has shown that movement is the key to learning at any age.  Our brains fully develop through movement activities such as crawling, rolling, running, walking, skipping, reaching, and much more.  When children and adults participate in Kindermusik classes they are developing both sides of their brains through structured and creative music and movement activities. As we approach the millennium it is even more important to keep moving and making music! Television, video games and computers have helped to produce a generation that struggles with learning problems, hyperactivity and obesity.  Many of these problems can be helped through systematic music and movement exercises and patterns.  Kindermusik classes have always been fun!  Now I fell strongly that they are also part of our essential learning process!"

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