C. O. delayed :(

October 31, 2006 at 4:18 am | Posted in Kindermusik, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Ok our C. O. has been delayed and we aren’t yet in our new studio. We have waited this long and I can’t change anything so we will wait some more. I leave for the Partnership of Kindermusik Educators Convention early on Wednesday and won’t be back until Sunday afternoon. So Sunday and Monday will be unloading and setting up the new studio space. I will postpone some classes Monday for sure and possibly Tuesday. It is necessary to pull this together and present the new space in it’s glory! I will reap the rewards of convention with new ideas, motivation, and renewed conviction in my Kindermusik Journey!

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October 26, 2006 at 6:14 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Ramblings | Leave a comment

The benefits of music education for children

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Contents

Introduction
Music in society
Music in School
Music and Intelligence
Music and life
Conclusion
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Introduction

Music is a very powerful subject – It has been used since the Greek times for healing, communication, relaxation and for enjoyment. Even before birth we are aware of our mother’s heartbeat and during infancy are relaxed by the song of a lullaby. Every day everybody hears some form of musical pitch or rhythm and it can even be found in nature such as how birds communicate through a song-like speech.

Music is such a powerful force, it creates deep emotions in humans – it is played at weddings for happiness, in horror films and during war for fear and at home for happiness and because of this lends itself to relaxation, stress relief and health therapy – and the connection between music, body, and soul has even been shown to improve physical and mental health.

Skills such as working in teams, communication, self-esteem, creative thinking, calmer attitudes, imagination, discipline, study skills and invention are learnt and improved through the study of music and by focusing on the fact that young children are mostly highly receptive to pitch and rhythm – one of the main ways a child learns its language – that we can drive education in music to children to help them with benefits ranging success in society and in life.

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Benefit One: Success in Society

“We believe the skills the arts teach -creative thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, teamwork and communications – are precisely the tools the workforce of tomorrow will need. If we don’t encourage students to master these skills through quality arts instruction today, how can we ever expect them to succeed in their highly competitive business careers tomorrow?” -Richard Gurin Chief Executive Officer, Binney and Smith, maker of Crayola crayons

Music is a part of our society and a part of all communities – every human culture uses music to carry forward its ideas and ideals. A study of the arts provides children with an internal glimpse of other cultures and teaches them to be empathetic towards the people of these cultures. This development of compassion and empathy, as opposed to developing greed and a selfish attitude, provides bridges across different cultures that lead to a respect of other races at an early age.

Music has a great value to our economy – it creates jobs, increase’s tax base, boosts tourism and spurs growth in related businesses. Music study develops skills that are necessary in the workplace such as teamwork skills and discipline – during musical performances all members must work together to create the sounds they wish to achieve and for this regular practice is also required. Music favors working and ‘doing’ as opposed to observing, and these are the ethics employers are looking for.

Because of music’s ability to relax, calm and heal, and its optimal platform for emotions, the involvement with music helps to carve brighter attitudes – more optimism towards the future, less TV and non productive activities, low use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and desire to develop individual abilities.

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Benefit Two: Success in School

Music requires study skills, communication skills, and cognitive skills and as these are learnt and developed they expand the student’s abilities in other academic areas and help them become better students. – Students with coursework/experience in music performance and music appreciation scored higher on the SAT: students in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal and 41 points higher on the math, and students in music appreciation scored 63 points higher on verbal and 44 points higher on the math, than did students with no arts participation. – College-Bound Seniors National Report: Profile of SAT Program Test Takers. Princeton, NJ: The College Entrance Examination Board, 2001.

The discipline of music, particularly through participation in ensembles, helps students learn to work effectively in the school environment without resorting to violent or inappropriate behavior – According to statistics compiled by the National Data Resource Center, students who can be classified as “disruptive” (based on factors such as frequent skipping of classes, times in trouble, in-school suspensions, disciplinary reasons given, arrests, and drop-outs) total 12.14 percent of the total school population. In contrast, only 8.08 percent of students involved in music classes meet the same criteria as “disruptive.” – Based on data from the NELS:88 (National Education Longitudinal Study), second follow-up, 1992.

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Benefit three: Success in Developing Intelligence

Many studies have been conducted on the effects of music in the brain. Scientists say that children who are exposed to music or those who play an instrument do better in school than those who don’t. Recent research suggests exposure to music may benefit a child’s reading age, IQ and the development of certain parts of the brain.

It can be shown that some measures of a child’s intelligence are increased with music instruction – a connection between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things) helps people to visualize and imagine solutions. This helps people to solve problems creatively and is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for solving mathematical problems and even general daily tasks.

“The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling–training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attention skills, intelligence, and an ability for self-knowledge and expression.” – Ratey John J., MD. A User’s Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001.

Along with mental development music study can support the brains physical development – it has been indicated that musical training physically develops the parts of the brain known to be involved with processing language and reasoning, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Memory can be improved through the linking of familiar songs with objects just as linking images can – past memories and emotions can be triggered by audio.

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Benefit four: Success in Life

“Why arts in education? Why education at all? The purpose of education is not simply to inform but to enrich and enlighten, to provide insights into life as it has been led and as it may be led. No element of the curriculum is better suited to that task than arts education.” -David Kearns Now retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xerox Corporation

Ideally we want our children to experience “success” throughout life itself. The benefits may be psychological, spiritual and physical and with the challenge of making life meaningful and fulfilled and to reach a higher state of development by participating in music we develop self expression which in turn leads to self esteem – ultimately helping us to succeed at these challenges.

“Casals says music fills him with the wonder of life and the ‘incredible marvel’ of being a human. Ives says it expands his mind and challenges him to be a true individual. Bernstein says it is enriching and ennobling. To me, that sounds like a good cause for making music an integral part of every child’s education. Studying music and the arts elevates children’s education, expands students’ horizons, and teaches them to appreciate the wonder of life.” – U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, July 1999.

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Conclusion

Music is a powerful tool and as seen can dramatically improve and enrich everybody. It makes sense to push music education and to allow young generations to gain these wonderful benefits – higher intelligence through increased creative thinking, problem solving and physically stronger brains, a higher perception of life including better attitudes, strong desires to achieve and fulfil and higher self esteem, better developed discipline, study skills, concentration, communication and team skills which transfer from education through to career and a better understanding of communities and society.

Edward Droscher is the founder of Real Music Production and works to develop music education systems privately and in schools.

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We are almost in!

October 25, 2006 at 9:29 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Ramblings | Leave a comment

Hi! Julie Stewart here with Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton to let you know our Fall Semester will begin the week of November 6th, in our new Riverwood Cultural Arts Center location. Due to our later than normal start our semester is just 10 weeks long for Infant through Preschool age. Our elementary age classes have begun already but we would love for your child to join us! The shorter semester means the tuition is reduced this one time only. Take advantage! For more information visit our website at www.kindermusikofclayton.com .

Mom two daughters

“I need easy.”  You say. Just link here find the class and time you want and you are able to register online.

Enroll in Kindermusik this fall and I can give you a semester full of songs, stories, and games to make your daily routines together even easier. With more music in your life, you’ll see how early and ongoing exposure to music helps your child do everything better.

Read on for descriptive excerpts regarding what we are offering this fall.

I hope to hear back from you soon! 

Infant-17 months is Zoom Buggy. All those airplane sounds you make with a spoon during feeding time actually helps your baby learn language. In this eight-week class, you’ll learn how sounds like this can develop physical, social, cognitive, and emotional skills as well. Your At Home Materials include over 25 specially-selected recordings from class, Home Activity journal, and Art Banner for the nursery wall that strengthens vision and promotes early literacy.

18 months-3 years is Milk and Cookies. Using a favorite snack as a class theme, we’ll give you songs and stories to bring more music into daily routines with your toddler—if it’s going to the store, baking cookies, or spending time together in the kitchen. Each activity was carefully created to help your toddler build confidence, self-control, and social skills. Your At Home CDs include 56 songs, sounds, and stories from class, plus a wooden stir-xylophone instrument. Everything fits inside a vinyl, Velcro insulated lunch bag you’ll use long after this class is over.

3.5 – 5 years is Hello Weather, Let’s Play Together! With the weather as our learning theme, we’ll explore musical styles that range from Opera to American Folk, and you’ll watch as your preschooler becomes self-sufficient in a room full of friends knowing that you’re close and nearby. Your At Home Materials include a double CD with over 63 recordings of the stories, games, and weather sound effects we’ll play in class. Plus a 46-page home activity book with easy home-made activity instructions, sheet music, and cut-outs helps you bring the learning home.

Infant- 7 years is Family Time—Here, There, Everywhere. In this family-sized version of Kindermusik, the music and activities center around five different family outings: a visit with a friend, an outing at the park, a trip to the city, an afternoon at the aquarium, and a day on the farm. Your At Home Materials include a hand and finger puppets of Wags—featured characters in the two literature books. Plus, two home CDs of music from class, a home activity guide, and two jambourine instruments. Each item has been carefully created to bring out the music—and the learning—in your family. Specially designed to fit the varying ages and learning abilities of your children, this set will help you bring the learning and the music-making home, as well as become a lasting, well-loved favorite of the toy box and book shelf. Pricing includes two children.

Descriptions for our Elementary age classes follow, ages are just guidelines.

5-6 years for Young Child Semester 1 Everything your child learns later in semesters 2, 3, and 4 begins with this early introduction to singing, reading, and writing music and rhythm. Through dances and games that focus on rhythmic development, we’ll learn a keyboard instrument—the glockenspiel—which will be used throughout all the Young Child classes. Your At Home Materials provide the music, instruments, stickers, and activities for a home version of the same playful activities you’ll hear about from class, so your child—and you!—can learn where you’re most comfortable: at home.

6-7 years for Young Child Semester 3 Appalachian music is a featured musical style this semester. First, you and your child will build a two-stringed dulcimer instrument with materials that we’ll provide. Then in class we’ll learn to play chords and simple melodies on the instrument you built together. We’ll also explore rhythm concepts through dance with an introduction to the basic steps in jazz, ballet, and tap dances. Your At Home Materials include dulcimer-making materials, activity cards, and music which features recordings from Appalachia, African-America, and Native American music, as well as the Western Art music of the Nutcracker Suite.

Sincerely,

Julie Stewart

Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton

“A Musical Foundation to Last a Lifetime”

Clayton, NC since 1994

“The fact that children can make beautiful music, is less significant
than the fact that music can make beautiful children.”
C. Lavendar

for more information about Kindermusik of Clayton & Voice of Clayton check out our website… www.kindermusikofclayton.com

to order musical kits, books, CD’s or instruments from Do-Re-Me  & You created by Kindermusik or to host a  Do-Re-Me & You party or for information on becoming a consultant… www.drmy.net/kmclayton

Hello world!

October 15, 2006 at 9:28 pm | Posted in Children's Music, Kindermusik, Music, Ramblings | 1 Comment

Today is Sunday, October 15th, 2006 and this is my first entry on our Kindermusik of Clayton blog. I have had a family-oriented weekend with three birthdays to celebrate and out-of-town company here. It has also been ‘Homecoming’ at church today. Lot’s of good ol’ home cooking and special music.

Now I look forward to the week ahead…as we build our new studio the fall semester is slow to start. Our actual start date will occur after Kindermusik Convention, in November.

To allow our Young Child classes to complete a full 15 week semester the Riverwood Athletic Club is allowing us to use their Aerobics room for Kindermusik of the Young Child year one and year two classes. We have a great group of children in both classes. I look forward to the year ahead!

This week we are in week three for Young Child and we are three weeks away from starting the rest of our semester. I can’t wait!

On another note (haha) the Johnston County Home Schoolers Junior and Senior Choruses are in week five tomorrow. This is a new endeavor of mine. I am excited to be working with the home school community in bringing musical experiences to their young people. We have some very talented singers! I will keep you posted on their progress.

As a way of getting ready for Kindermusik to start one family has asked me to come and have a ‘Getting ready for Kindermusik Party’ this Tuesday. They have waited patiently for the new studio opening and want their children to focus on the fun of Kindermusik classes starting soon.  

Well, is it time to end this entry this evening. I will talk again soon!

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