Check out this fascinating summary of the impact of music in our social lives and health from Greater Good Magazine, entitle "Four Ways Music Strengthens Social Bonds." It's a few years old, but still relevant for ourselves and our kids.
And if you're asking yourself, "How can I make more music with my kids?" check out this PBS article, "Create a Musical Home Environment," for simple steps to make your home and family more musical.
Keep making music!
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The Time article, "Why You Should Enroll Your Kids in Piano Lessons, According to Science," describes a recent Chinese study comparing gains in students who received reading instruction vs. piano lessons. It shares that, "Children who took piano lessons were significantly better at distinguishing between spoken words that differed by only one consonant." So keep studying music to improve development!
Check out these FREE Boston Parks summer events, including live music concerts and dance based fitness classes. They are great opportunities to get outside, enjoy some music, and get moving. I've created a map and calendar to help you keep track and make the most of these music and dance events. Hope to see you there!
Have a great summer!
Do you love to sing? Is there a lullaby your mom used to sing to you? Are there songs that you remember singing with your siblings or grandparents as a kid? Would you be willing to share a video or audio recording of one of those songs? Better yet, would you come in to teach me or a small group of students how to sing these songs from your heritage?
I am currently planning a music unit to coincide with 1st grade's Neighbor to Neighbor unit, which explores our neighborhood and community. My desire is to represent our diverse school community through traditional and popular songs from some of our many countries of origin. However, it can be difficult to find children's music in the usual places for some of the nationalities found at our school. In particular, I'm having difficulty finding songs from Haiti and Cape Verde. It would be a huge help if you would be willing to teach me or a small group of students what you know!
Thank you and keep singing!
THE BSO'S FAMILY CONCERT SERIES PROVIDES ENGAGING, AGE-APPROPRIATE, EDUCATIONAL ORCHESTRAL CONCERT EXPERIENCES ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN AGES 3-8 AND THEIR FAMILIES.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 12NOON
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras (BYSO)
Marta Żurad, conductor
Matt Roberts, magician
"Step in Time"
Family Concert tickets are $20 per adult; children 18 and under are FREE. To purchase tickets, call SymphonyCharge at 617-266-1200 or 888-266-1200, or purchase tickets online. Please note: A ticket handling fee of $1.50 will apply to all orders. Programs and artists subject to change without notice.
Pre-concert activities, including an instrument playground and instrument demonstrations, take place from 10:30-11:30am.
Purchase Tickets Here: https://www.bso.org/Performance/Listing?brands=1182&eventTypes=1597
Mrs. Kimani teaches music at P.A. Shaw. She aims to introduce students to music from many times and places, with an emphasis on making and moving to music for the sheer joy of it!