Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The 12 Benefits of Music Education

The 12 Benefits of music Education, written by Carolyn Phillips, former executive director of the Norwalk Youth Symphony, continues to inspire us to develop and maintain the highest quality program for our students.

Here are the first 3 of her series:

1. Early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. It is thought that brain development continues for many years after birth. Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain's circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.

2. There is also a casual link between music and spatial intelligence (the ability to perceive the world accurately and to form mental pictures of things). This kind of intelligence, by which one can visualize various elements that should go together, is critical to the sort of thinking necessary for everything from solving advanced mathematics problems to being able to pack a bookbag with everything that will be needed for the day.

3. Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, rejecting outdated rules and assumptions. Questions about the arts do not have only one right answer.

The power of the arts is very evident in our Kindermusik classes. If you are not currently a part of a class, please check out our web site and call for a FREE preview!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


This is one of my favorite times of year. The weather is great and I am ready to come inside and huddle up for a while. Family time is in my mind mostly. At this time of year I am thankful most for my family. I have a wonderful husband who sticks by me even on my worst days. I have 3 wonderful children who I am so very proud of. And then there are my 5 grandchildren. I had no idea what people were talking about when they said being a grandparent is so great. Wow! Were they ever right. It is absolutely the best thing! All 5 of my grandkids bring such joy to my heart.

Of course, this wouldn't be complete if I didn't mention how thankful I am for my parents. What an amazing couple. We just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. I am so thankful for them. I also have 3 great sisters and their families are also wonderful. My nieces and nephews have grown up to become the most wonderful young men and women.

So just stop and take a minute in these beautiful fall days to contemplate your family and how much they mean to you. Even the little things are so wonderful. So I declare... thanks be to God for my family!