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…

It seems like nowadays children are being introduced to new learning experiences at increasingly younger ages. Music is a prime example of this trend. More and more researchers are publishing studies that point towards certain ages that children have the best ability to learn complex skills. However, there are adults who claim that their early…

Music and art lessons make for a complete and well-rounded education, but in light of school budgetary cuts to arts and music instruction across the country, students may miss out on the benefits. But there is a glimmer of hope in arguing for the expansion of music programs—a report published by Northwestern University found that…