Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Good Music Brighter Children
Good Music Brighter Children is written for parents, educators or anyone who wants to build a bigger, better brain using music. Scientific studies indicate that children introduced to classical music at a young age read earlier and perform better on achievement tests. Adults can also revive tired brain cells using music. This book gives you a step-by-step program that any parent or individual can follow. You’ll discover how introducing your children to good music can accelerate language development, improve math and science skills, enhance physical coordination, strengthen memory and reading retention, and benefit children with learning disabilities. Discover how to choose an instrument and music teacher for your child; how to get your kids to practice and how character traits such as confidence, responsibility, creativity and teamwork are taught when learning a musical instrument. Learn how to introduce your child to the music community and how to appreciate all kinds of music. Last, if you want to advocate for music in your schools, this book gives the ammunition and data to do so. Also includes a 35-page Resource Section on the best music, books, and DVDs for kids.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
This is one of those books that deserve lots of gushing! There is so much encouragement and guidance in this book concerning classical music.
I started homeschooling Grasshopper this year, and I knew I wanted to add classical music to his days, but honestly, I didn't know how to go about it. Even if I hadn't already wanted music in our days, after reading this book, I would have been convinced to add it. It provides tons of resources and tips for easily adding music to a child's day, whether through education or play. The advice is so simple, too, but I never would have thought to do the things suggested.
Within this book we also learn the benefits of little ones listening to classical music, even while still in the womb. There's even a section on it benefiting premature babies. Grasshopper was born extremely premature, weighing only 1 pound, and 8 ounces. I wish so much that I'd read this book much sooner! My little guy turned 6 yesterday, and he still struggles with certain parts of education, especially math. He's so incredibly smart in some ways, and he has the most creative and imaginative mind you could imagine, but I'm now hopeful that adding music will help him in the areas he struggles with. I'm not forgetting about my other little guys...the super emotional ones(just like their mommy!) ;) There's advice for them, too, and even advice for as they get older. It doesn't matter how old children in your home are, this book has advice and resources to add music into your life.
At the back of the book is a large resource guide. It is packed full of specific information to guide you in adding music to your days, like composers, songs, CDs, DVDs, and books. Even if I didn't have the benefit of the rest of the book, the resource guide alone would have been a huge help. (Of course, I still recommend the rest of the book!)
This is an amazing book, and if children are in your life in any way, I highly recommend it!
*I was provided a review copy through I Am a Reader book tours.
Author Sharlene Habermeyer:
Sharlene Habermeyer, MA has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music is a catalyst for learning. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art from Utah State University and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members.
Sharlene’s initial inspiration for Good Music Brighter Children came from the extensive work she did with her severely learning disabled son, and finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning she began passionately researching the effects music had on the developing and mature brain.
A college instructor, a popular speaker, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California. She has spoken at parent conferences around the United States including the Parents as Teachers Conference (PAT) and the Crucial Years Conference in Missouri. In August 2014, she will be speaking at BYU Education Week.
Praise for the Book
Largest Independent Book Reviewer in the U.S.: Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC
“With a scientist’s eye and an artist’s voice, Habermeyer examines everything from the benefits of music for the developing brain to music’s ability to improve cultural awareness. This is an encyclopedic, invaluable resource for anyone who believes in music education. A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring on the benefits of music.”
-Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC
National Music Organization: Music and the Brain
“A great resource for both parents and teachers. Anyone interested in music or the overall well-being of children will not be able to put this book down.”
-Lisha Papert Lercari, Director, Music and the Brain
University Professor: Dr. James Catterall
Sharlene Habermeyer outlines why music is important to learning, and provides parents with excellent suggestions for launching and sustaining a musical influence in the lives of their children.”
-James S. Catterall, professor of education and co-director of Imagination Project at UCLA
Mother/Lawyer/Ballet Teacher: Shauna Bird Dunn
“Carefully researched and highly readable, Good Music, Brighter Children is written for musicians and non musicians alike. It is filled with wisdom, insight and helpful tips to bring music into the home for all ages and stages of childhood.”
-Shauna Bird Dunn, JD, MPA
Utah Young Mother of the Year, 2010
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