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Making music is a workout for the brain! In this TED-Ed video, the benefits of playing an instrument are illustrated. Looking for ways to coax your kids into playing and practicing a musical instrument? We have 12 strategies to share from children’s musicians and teachers from around the country.
“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a very familiar tune for most of us. But can you imagine what it might sound like being played on an electric guitar, bass clarinet, or the bagpipes? MuseScore, a free software program, allows users to experiment with the sounds of a wide range of instruments, while also providing the tools necessary to compose original music! Best for use with kids 10 and older, MuseScore offers a unique experimental and semi-experiential way to learn about music composition.
“Memory effects every aspect of our learning,” writes Kathy this month in “Time to Talk: Supporting Children’s Language Skills.” “When working with children with memory difficulties, I tend to think about two aspects of long term memory: the information going in and getting stored, and the process of finding it and retrieving it so it can be used. Some things that help storage and recall include…