Growing Sound and Highlights Magazine!

It is rare that you meet someone who hasn’t heard of “Highlights Magazine”, right? (First published in 1946 and now surpasses 1 Billion copies in print!) Today Highlights has several other extensions including High-Five Magazine (targeted for children ages 2-6). It’s more than just a magazine-it’s now fully interactive! Yet, these magazines do not carry [Read More…]

Perseverance and Children’s Intellectual Growth

It’s no secret that we are big fans of the work of Dr. Carol Dweck. In this latest article posted on Phys.org Dr. Dweck tells us that perseverance is key to children’s intellectual growth. Dweck, a Stanford psychology professor, said “that when children are praised for the process they engage in – hard work, strategies, [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…]