Researchers have found the first evidence that young children who take music lessons show different brain development and improved memory over the course of a year compared to children who do not receive musical training, according to research published in the journal Brain.
Parents and teachers often ask “What is creative movement?” The terms dance and movement are interchangeable when referring to creative movement. Creative movement is an art form whose medium is the human body in motion. The four basic elements of dance are the body and its different parts and range of movement, and space, time, and energy. Understanding and using these four elements can open up a range of imaginative possibilities.
A video by Rich Gordon (Instrumental Music Director at Sycamore J.H.S. in Anaheim, CA) about teaching musical instruments to young children. This video will provide helpful strategies for starting “from scratch” with a young child’s music education.
While many studies suggest that listening to classical music, such as Mozart, increases IQs and helps students to do better on tests and in class, other research suggests that learning to play an actual instrument can having more benefits.
Autism is a poorly-understood neurological disorder that can impair an individual’s ability to engage in various social interactions. But little 5-year-old Iris Grace in the UK is an excellent example of the unexpected gifts that autism can also grant – her exceptional focus and attention to detail have helped her
Jackie Harris, Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Camp and a life-long advocate and supporter of music education for children, talks about the importance and benefits of music education for kids.
Children of all ages express themselves through music. Playing music for infants proves that, even at an early age, children sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music they hear. Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play. Kids in elementary school learn to sing together as a group and possibly learn to play a musical instrument. Older children dance to the music of their favorite rock bands and use music to form friendships and share feelings.