With summer vacation approaching, there is no shortage of family musical events to experience in and around Boston. Here’s a listing of some of the fun happening soon! July 5th Disney’s Newsies is playing now over at the Wang Center through July 5. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Choreography and Best Score,…

A lovely piece on PRI entitled “Girls Rock Camp saved my life” highlights the account of Erica Flores, the Program Director of Girls Rock Austin and Co-Chair of Marketing and Fundraising for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, who felt aimless after grad school and moved to Los Angeles to “quit music” before she stumbled into…

Classical music is, in my humble opinion, one of the most sophisticated and polished genres in music. The reason for this is that the music itself is difficult to play. Aside from the musical talent required to perform it however, classical music seems to flow through the body, evoking feelings through its melodic and smooth…

News is circulating about the impact of Sesame Street on preschool-aged kids—a study showed that the show “accomplished its goal of improving school readiness; preschool-aged children in areas with better reception when it was introduced were more likely to advance through school as appropriate for their age.” In other words, the better the signal, the…

Music has been proven time and time again to be beneficial to children. Countless studies have been done to prove the benefits, but what is it exactly that draws children to music? There are a great many factors but for the sake of brevity I’ll only discuss six. 1. Social Activity First, music is, generally…

We know that exposure to music education is extremely beneficial. But it also holds the incredible power to heal and comfort. Boston is at the forefront of exploring the innovative ways in which music can help people. WCVB’s Chronicle recently aired a feature about music’s potential to heal brain injuries. Brian Harris, a neurologic music…

It’s no secret that children learn behaviors and form opinions at a young age. These most often come from observing adults and other children, but can also be traced back to movies, television shows, and music. These sources can be surprisingly powerful when it comes to influencing your child’s opinions and actions. For example, if…

When I was in the fifth grade, my music class had a series of keyboard lessons. For what felt like weeks, we pulled out enormous—for 11 year olds—blue, electric travel keyboards, turned them on, and opened to whatever song page we were supposed to learn. I didn’t retain anything useful. I remember the illustrations of…