Developing Independence in Children

Michigan State University Extension recently published an article that really grabbed our attention titled “Developing Independence in Children”. The author, Carrie Shrier offers four parenting tips to help support your child’s growing independence. 1) Teach Self-Help Skills 2) Require Chores and Family Responsibilities 3) Don’t fight their battles 4) Impose Natural Consequences Of course here [Read More…]

Preschoolers and Emotions

A recent article in Mind/Shift focuses on “The Benefits of Helping Preschoolers Understand and Discuss Their Emotions”. At Growing Sound many of our songs help children understand their Emotions. For young learners we have our song titled “Emotion” from the CD titled I CAN SETTLE DOWN. This song is also available in English/Spanish on our [Read More…]

Social-Emotional Learning Pays Off

We were thrilled to read this article recently posted in Education Week. According to Timothy Shriver and John Bridgeland…”Schools can no longer overlook the benefits associated with social and emotional learning.” Check out the full article here. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/02/26/social-emotional-learning-pays-off.html?tkn=QZOF9laQUXWgGDL%2FKWrRcwyqPOLWKhdgM9mR&intc=es Remember that the Growing Sound: SONGS OF RESILIENCE Series is a great introduction to Social and Emotional [Read More…]

Kindness Curriculum and Mindfulness

A recent article featured in HuffPost talks about how kids in groundbreaking ‘Kindness Curriculum’ get better grades. Much of the focus of this article also discusses the area of “Mindfulness”. At GROWING SOUND we continue to be one step ahead in the latest research. Our CD and coordinating Resource Manual titled HERE, NOW KNOW-HOW actually [Read More…]

Community Music Programs Enhance Brain Function

Do you work with at-risk youth? We recently came across an article published in ScienceDaily that explains how community music programs enhance brain function in at-risk children. Their research finds that although one year of instruction does very little to spark changes in the nervous system…two years of music lessons improved the precision with which [Read More…]

Musical Training Makes You Smarter

We are always very excited to share new research in neuroscience and neurology. But this recent post on BrainBlogger really caught our attention. There have been many studies to find an association between music and cognitive abilities. Some studies, like “The Mozart Effect” have been challenged and nullified, but this article studies the effects of [Read More…]

Some Ways to Use Music in the Classroom

Music just makes teaching and learning more enjoyable! Below are some suggestions on how you can incorporate music into your lesson plans! ENJOY! Learning How to Listen – Make a worksheet with words missing and have students listen and fill in the missing words as they are listening to the music. Try some chanting – [Read More…]

Students Who Are Involved in Music Generally Test Higher Than Those Who Are Not!

We’d like to share the highlights of an article we found on SmartBlog on Education called Music education for the classroom teacher By Rourke O’Brien In a new study by UCLA professor James Catterall, an analysis of a U.S. Department of Education database called NELLs88 was used to track more than 25,000 students over a [Read More…]