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Everything about good music is positive with the power to affect our lives forever. Music is also a powerful way for children to connect to their roots. Studies are chockfull of compelling data, affirming just how good music is for young children.

I have always enjoyed music because it feels good, but now we know how good it is for us-just how grand it really is. I am not a scientist and sometimes I find study methodologies complex, but the outcomes absolutely thrill me.

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Research and Articles:

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Why Singing is So Important for your Young Child and You

What's so Important About Music & Movement Activities In Early Years

How All Humans got to be Music Experts

Music Helps Impoverished Children Perform Better in School

How to Use Musical Instruments with Preschool Children

18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

10 Reasons Why Your Child Should Play a Musical Instrument

Benefits of instrumental music group play for elementary and preschool children

Music Prepares People for Careers & Problem Solving

Talk, Read, Sing

Music Listening Preferences in Early Life

Value of Ring Around the Rosie

Why Steady Beat Matters

Using Music to Close the Academic Gap

Playing At Home With Music

Developing Social Skills Through Music

The Value of Rhymes, Stories and Songs in the ESL Classroom

Every Child Needs Music. Richard Gill Still Arguing 50 Years On

Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

Music For Your Health

The holistic learning outcomes of musical play for children with Down syndrome

When They're Very Young   By Keith Powers
Teaching Music Journal. January 2012
NAfME/National Association for Music Education
"In kindergarten and beyond, students gradually develop their musical skills. But music aptitude develops much earlier-and teachers can begin to foster it in preschool."


Music and Parenting ~ Somewhat Like A Symphony

Developmental Concepts Enhanced through Music and Movement For 3-year-olds thru Pre-K

Music as Valuable Tool & What's in it For the Parent

Studies Tell Us

Research Findings & Quotes from Journal of Zero to Three - The Music Lives of Babies and Families

Mothers are Musical Mentors

Musically Speaking, Did You Know?

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8 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Training Your Baby

The Complete Guide to Baby Carrying

The Case Against Tummy Time w/Video-Irene Lyon

Babying Crying Infants Matters

Infants Babble More When Parents 'Baby Talk'

To Mimic Us, Babies Use 'Body Maps' in Brain

Infants Create New Knowledge While Sleeping

Infant Temperaments may Reflect Parents Cultural Values

Baby Talk-Don't Miss the Magic

The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education (left/right brain myth)

Baby Sign Language-Does it Work?

Use Therapy Ball Make Tummy Time Easier and Fun

Making Tummy Time a Little Less Um-Miserable

How Does Crawling Develop

8 Ways to Use a Baby Play Table

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

Dutch Babies Trump US Peers in Laughing, Smiling, Cuddling

Dealing with Diaper Changing Disasters

A Second look at Adult Initiated Tummy Time for Infants

Baby Discipline Person to Person

Moving Together to Music Encourages Helping Behavior

The Science of Early Childhood Development

When Do Babies Learn Self-Control

Music to Help Premies Thrive in the NICU

No Way To Treat a Baby

Listen to Baby Babbles

Don't Stand Me Up

Baby Teamwork

Empowering our Babies with Rituals

Your Baby's Developmental Roadmap

Why Movement is so Important for Your Baby's Growth

The Case Against Tummy Time

Why Babies Like Boxes Best

Eye Patching Resources

Pincer Grasp Development

The Importance of Pointing

Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics

Home Visiting Programs are Preschool in it's Earliest Form

Don't Contain Your Baby

How to Help Baby Become a Math Genius or Not

Low Muscle Tone

How to Stop Entertaining Your Baby

Infant Play

Sitting Babies Up

Toddlers Learning to Share

9 Reasons Not To Walk Babies

Baby Led Self-Feeding

3 Ways to Parent less & Parent Better

How Toys can Support Speech-Language Development
(Great ideas, but I would not encourage the use of toy phones with young children.)

Why Toddlers are So Exhausting

Babies' brains benefit from music classes, even before they walk and talk

Effects of music class for infants on brain and behavior

The Infant Need Experts Don't Talk About

Optimizing Early Brain and Motor Development Through Movement

Children Who Bite

Group: Apps Not Effective Tool For Teaching Babies

No Tummy Time Necessary

Power of Lullabies

Low Media Baby

Wait....The Magic Word

Babies and Screens

10 Ways to Promote Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers

What Your Baby Can't Tell You

Babies Know

Baby's PlayList

Opportunities to Connect

Cognitive Experiences for Infants

Babies Brains May Be Tuned to Language Before Birth

Best Toys for Babies Don't do Anything

Early Maternal Support May Positively Affect Brain Development

Babies Know When A Cuddle is Coming

Two Simple Things to Support New Baby

Babies Learn Words in the Womb

Sitting Babies Up-The Downside

Why Do You Sit Me Up?

What is Love? By Magda Gerber

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Physical Activity Affects Cognition

Music & Language Are Processed By the Same Brain Systems

The Brain, Music and Singing

How Childhood Neglect Harms the Brain

How Playing Music Affects the Developing Brain

The Trouble with Brain Science

8 Things to Know About How Kids Learn

Your Brain Has Rhythm

Problems in Childhood Affect Brain Development

Dancing in Your Seat

Building Better Brains

Brain Builders - watch short video

Music Can Move Your Brain Waves to Benefit You!

Making Connections: How Children Learn

Brain-Body Connection

Teaching Our Children

Cross-Lateral Activities

How Music Affects Your Brain

Early Brain Development-What parents and caregivers need to know!

Body/Brain Connection

Why Music Makes Our Brain Sing

Babies' Brains Benefit from Music Lessons, Even Before They Can Walk and Talk

Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Shows

Brain Power: Five Ways Neuroscience Will Change Education

Early Brain Development Research Review and Update

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The Power Sensations-Your Sensory Foundation

Guides-Activities Enhancing Executive Function Skills

Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts

Skill Development from Birth to 5

12 Reasons Not to Use Technology in Schools for Under 12

Your Toddlers Developmental Roadmap

A Long Childhood Feeds the Brain

Computers and Early Childhood

A Treasure Chest of Alfie Kohn

How Art Encourages Creativity and Other Development Too

What Children Learn By Imitating You

Groups and Forced Participation

Auditory Sensory Processing Explained

Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior

How to Kill Child's Creativity

Why Children Fidget & What we Can Do About It

Children and Themes

Calendar Time-Good Intentions Gone Awry

Children Lose When Rushed Through Life

Parenting that Engages the Mind

Alternatives to Sitting at Desks

Why We Need More Contact With Nature

School Readiness is all about Safety & Connection

Children and Apologies

The Downside of "Grit"

Infants Unable to use Blocks due to iPad Addiction

Give Boredom a Chance

Children Prefer Sports to be Non-Competitive

Puzzles Better Than 3Rs

The Gifted and Sensory Connection

Parenting in the Age of Plenty

Teach Kids to Daydream

Parental Involvement Overrated

Too much-Too Soon

A Parents Pain

Picky Eater S.O.S.

Definition and Activities for Proprioception

Sensory Processing: What Does Vestibular Mean?

Enjoying Healthy Meals

I Can't Do It!

Emotional Health

What You Know or Don't Know About Child Development Could Be Affecting Your Child

The Disturbing Transformation of Kindergarten

Sensory Integration

Brochures and Handouts

Bright Children Should Start School at Six

Why Toddlers Won't Follow Directions

Young Children Develop in an Environment of Relationships

Playing the Get What you Want Game

Raising Your Child to be a Trailblazer

Why School Shouldn't be Like School

Crisis in the Kindergarten

Too Much: Too Young: Should Schooling Start at Age 7?

The "Soft," "Non-Cognitive" Skills are Hard, Cognitive and Critical

Speaking Tonal Language Primes Brain for Musical Training

Neuroscience and Myths

Pressure-Cooker Kindergarten

Why Your Kids Learn More When They Don't Share

Transforming the Cute Curriculum into Authentic Learning

10 Things to Stop Saying to Your Kids and What to Say Instead

Separating fact and Fiction in Brain Based Learning

Live Music's Charms, Soothing Premature Hearts

What Your Toddler Thinks Of Discipline

How Nature Makes Kids Calmer, Healthier and Smarter

Insights From the Youngest Minds

Auditory and Visual Discrimination Difficulties and Activities to Develop and Strengthen From A-Z of Special Needs for Every Teacher

Too much, too soon

Journey Through Early Childhood - The First Five Years

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Singing to Children may Help Development of Language Skills-A. Hill

What Age Children are Ready for School

Singing to Children and Development of Language Skills

Early Childhood Language Delay Marker for ASD

How Libraries Reach Kids Before They Can Read

Picture Walk

Exercise Improves Early Literacy

True Readiness

Children Are Not Helped by Reading Too Early

10 Reasons Why Kids Need To Know Nursery Rhymes

How Babies Brains Practice Speech

School Starting Age

Building Language With Art

Red Flags and Speech Development

What is Babbling?

iPads May Harm Language Development

The Case for Drawing & Doodling

Building Language with Music

Why Talking to Kids Really Matters

How Blowing Bubbles Help Language

Read Interactively

The Power of Being Heard and Helping Children Put it into Words....

Language Gap Study

Language development 24-36 mos.

Ability to Keep Beat Linked to Language Skills

Early Literacy 24-36 mos.

5 Nursery Rhyme Ideas for Language Development

Fun Song for Learning Silent E

Early Literacy

Developmental Milestones of Early Literacy

The Baby Brilliant Project

Learning Literacy Through Music-Kelsey Tarbert

Music, Movement & Early Literacy. Mcewing, Hayley Elece

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Ways to Let a Little More Risk into Your Child's Day

Why Preschool Shouldn't be like School-Alison Gopnik

Are We Still Talking about Whether Boys Should Play with Dolls?

Let the Children Play

The Dirt on Dirt

Five Things you Should Know about Play Based Learning

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

Pretend Play is Important

Under Fives Need More Time to Play

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K

Why Children Fidget

On Play, Spirit and Character

Less Structure Better Able to Meet Own Goals

The Magic of Toy Struggles

Time on Playground More Beneficial Than Time in the Classroom

America Needs a Playtime Intervention

Nature Play

Childs Play Helps Build a Better Brain

Risk Taking: What if I Fail?

Why Fewer Toys Benefits Your Kids

The Value of Play

Does Outdoor Play Make Kids Smarter

Why Rough and Tumble Play is Important

Lack of Time Children Spend Outdoors

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused

Can Free Play Prevent Depression & Anxiety in Kids

Why Free Play is the Best Summer School

Schemas In Children's Play

What Big Body Play is and Why It's Important

Play, Spirit and Character

Play Brain Connections

Messy Play for Messy Intolerant

Free Play and Kids Success

Ditching Plastic Toys for Sticks and Mud

Playful Learning Key to Prosperity

Health Benefits From Free Play

Preferences for Gendered Toys are not Innate

How Process Art Experiences Support Preschoolers

The Play Deficit

Go Out and Play Kit

How Dramatic Play Supports Literacy Development

Baby Yoga Bedtime Rituals

Sound Exploration for Toddlers

Five Activities for Scissor Practice

7 Pure Process Only Art Activities for Toddlers

The Need for Pretend Play in Childhood

The Science of Play

Advice from the OT: Why Kids Need Recess and PE for Academic Success

10 Reasons Play Can Make You Healthy, Happy, and More Productive

Let Me Play! (Trust Me, I'm Learning)

Restricting Children's Play May Harm Them

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The Trouble with Calls for Universal High Quality pre-K-Alfie Kohn

Need Your Child's Cooperation? Try this.....

Understanding Behaviors in a New Way

Strong Parental Bond Help Protect from Future Anxiety

Don't be Worried About Name Writing

Napping Beyond 2 Could Ruin Sleep Quality

Experiencing Death and Grief

Smartphones and Tablets May Damage Toddler Social Development

To the Mom or Dad Who Told Their Child Not to Stare at Mine

The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up

Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose

Why Preschool Shouldn't be Like School

Dark Time for Education

The Last Generation of Kids That Played Outside

How to Start Good Eating Habits

Guide to Handle Agression with Vigorous Snuggle

Too Many Structured Activities Hinder Children's Executive Functioning

The Building Blocks of a Good Pre-K

Raising Independent kids & Self-Directed Learners

Bond Through Reading with Mem Fox

Your Toddlers Developmental Roadmap

Why Play is Important in Preschool Classrooms

Reading at Five: Why?

How Helicopter Parents are Ruining College Students

Should Children Run Wild in Museums

Why the Whining and 4 Steps to Eventual Peace

Struggling with Boundaries

Toddler Testing Behaviors and How to Cope

10 Ways to Fix the Mess That is Kindergarten

Easing Transitions

Don't Contain Your Baby

Raise Children with Social Intelligence

Alternatives to Good Job

How to Teach Child Not to Interrupt

Plugged in Parenting

Survival Guide for Highly Sensitive Parents

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Managing Teacher Stress

Why Go To Storytime

Halloween and Sensory Issues


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