Friday, March 25, 2011

Have Kindermusik Will Travel

Kindermusik with Ann Czeponis will be coming to a limited number of Daycares, Learning Centers and Playgroups this summer.
If you are interested in having Miss Ann come to do a Kindermusik Camp at your center or playgroup please have your provider or group leader call/txt or email:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Neuroscience of Music

Okay, many of you know that I'm a full-blown nerd.  I love to study the neuroscience of learning - it is the focus of my graduate work. 

Jonah Lehrer is one of my favorite authors on the topic (mostly because I'm not actually smart enough to be a full-blown neuroscience nerd and he writes for us common folks) if you have some time read or listen to How We Decide it is very interesting and Lehrer uses realworld vignettes to illustrate his points.

The attached article by Jonah Lehrer discusses why music evokes emotion.The Neuroscience of Music

Monday, March 7, 2011

Where did this snow come from?

Well, once again MCA is closed, so there will be no classes at the studio this evening. We will make this one up the Monday after Easter.

Funny thing is, this week I was going to suggest that everyone go to WNEP and sign up to receive an email or text alert when MCA closes.I stopped short, though, figuring another snowstorm was unlikely.

I won't make that mistake again! I highly recommend that you go here and sign up for text or email alerts for the MCA school district. You can sign up for other districts, too if your children do not go to MCA.

So on yet another snow day, let's do something fun (leave your answer as a comment below),

What Kindermusik song do you find yourself singing even when your kids aren’t around?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MUSIC does for the BRAIN what EXERCISE does for the BODY

A study shows that music does for the brain what exercise does for the body.  What's better is that at our Kindermusik studio children (and adults) get music and exercise!!!!!

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Learning to play a musical instrument can change your brain, with a U.S. review finding music training can lead to improved speech and foreign language skills.
   Although it has been suggested in the past that listening to Mozart or other classical music could make you smarter, there has been little evidence to show that music boosts brain power.
   But a data-driven review by Northwestern University has pulled together research that links musical training to learning that spills over into skills including language, speech, memory, attention and even vocal emotion.
   Researcher Nina Kraus said the data strongly suggested that the neural connections made during musical training also primed the brain for other aspects of human communication.
   "The effect of music training suggests that, akin to physical exercise and its impact on body fitness, music is a resource that tones the brain for auditory fitness and thus requires society to re-examine the role of music in shaping individual development," the researchers said in their study.
   Kraus said learning musical sounds could enhance the brain's ability to adapt and change and also enable the nervous system to provide a scaffolding of patterns that are important to learning.
   The study, published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, looked at the explosion of research in recent years focused on the effects of music training on the nervous system which could have strong implications for education.
   The study found that playing an instrument primes the brain to choose what is relevant in a complex process that may involve reading or remembering a score, timing issues and coordination with other musicians.
   "A musician's brain selectively enhances information-bearing elements in sound," Kraus said in a statement. "In a beautiful interrelationship between sensory and cognitive processes, the nervous system makes associations between complex sounds and what they mean."
   The study reviewed literature showing, for example, that musicians are more successful than non-musicians in learning to incorporate sound patterns for a new language into words.
   Children who are musically trained are better at observing pitch changes in speech and have a better vocabulary and reading ability than children who did not receive music training.
Musicians trained to hear sounds embedded in networks of melodies and harmonies are primed to understand speech in a noisy background.
   But Kraus said currently what is known about the benefits of music training on sensory processing beyond that involved in musical performance is largely derived from studying those who are fortunate enough to afford such training.
   The researchers concluded that there needed to be a serious investment of resources into music training in schools accompanied with rigorous examinations of the effects of such instruction on listening, learning, memory, attention and literacy skills.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Steve Addison)