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The jaw bone’s connected to the finger bones?!

I always loved that song, “D’em Bones”. It’s a good reminder that none of our body parts work independently. They are all connected.  I know what you’re thinking. I’ve got the lyrics all wrong. The jaw bone’s connected to the finger bones???? Ok, you got me.. that is NOT how the song goes….but in music class, that…

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It’s all in the fine print(ing).

I noticed an interesting thing last week in my Sunshine I classes. (Sunshine I students are 3 and 4 yr old beginners) Many children are printing their letters with confidence, where in some cases, before our first music class together, they had never printed before! In four months, these children have learned their letters from A…

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How is THAT part of learning music??

This week at The Music Box was Hawaiian week. I spruced up the place with bright paper flowers, birds, a flashy palm tree, pineapple and coconut, We danced the hula, made paper leis and underwater scenes, dove in a pretend ocean complete with fish and seashells, played pineapple bingo and made patterns out of shells….

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Wait for it…..wait for it…….

Did you know that the average time a teacher waits for a response from students after posing a question is 1 second?????? Consider that for a moment. The teacher asks a whole classroom of students a question and waits only 1 second for a response before rephrasing a question or offering a prompt.  When one…

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Encouragement. It’s amazing what it can do.

Children do amazing things when they feel that you are behind them. Self-esteem is a delicate part of human character. It is like a balloon that can deflate with just one sharp comment. Though some people have tougher balloons of self-esteem than others, I don’t think anyone is impervious to negative or belittling comments.  Children who…

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Piano lessons increase your EQ!

KANATA, Ontario August 25, 2009 – We often hear about how music lessons increases a child’s IQ but it also increases their EQ, emotional quotient. EQ is the measure of emotional intelligence including empathy, intuition, creativity, flexibility, resilience, coping, stress management, leadership, integrity, intrapersonal skills and interpersonal skills. So basically, EQ is the ability to…