We are closed for the Holidays from Saturday, December 24th through Monday, January 2nd. We hope you have a lovely break and we’ll see you back in class on Tuesday, January 3rd. Happy New Year!
According to a study at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, “music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well.” Read more about the study by clicking here.
We encourage you to check out the Met’s annual presentation of the English version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. It is running from 12/20/16-01/05/17 and is staged by Julie Taymor, the mastermind behind Broadway’s The Lion King. Click on the link for more information on The Met and their upcoming performances.
We introduce all the instruments of the orchestra starting at 4 months old!
Check out this playlist on Spotify by clicking here! It’s got relaxing classical music for babies, including our composer of the Fall season: Mozart!
Scientific evidence has proven how music can alleviate symptoms of cancer, fight depression, and even help with pain management. Dr Arun Kumar Sharma, a specialist neurologist at Medeor 24×7 Hospital in Dubai, explains that classical music in particular is extremely therapeutic. It can have positive effects on medical outcomes and overall well being.
According to Dr. Sharma, “Music therapy is a vital engine to healing headaches, epileptic seizures and cognitive disorders. Dr Frances Rauscher studied children with mental disabilities and he found that after making them listen to Mozart, their IQ increased by eight to 10 points. Of course the effect is only short lasting, but it gave an impetus for the research.” Click on the link for more information about Dr. Sharma and his ideas on taking children back to the roots of music to improve their knowledge of instruments, harmony, and the arts.
“Much has been said about the so-called ‘Mozart Effect’ — the power of the composer’s music to sharpen the memory and increase productivity in children and adults.” Learn more about several studies supporting this theory, including Frances Rauscher’s famous 1994 report published in Nature that showed how a group of college students listening to ten minutes of Mozart increased their IQ scores by as much as 9 points, by clicking here.
Ms. Laura Rea, a Music teacher at The British International School Hanoi (BIS Hanoi), discusses the significance music plays in children’s brain development and growth. “Over the last 20 years, more and more scientists are choosing to do large research projects on the connection between music and the brain as there’s nothing else like it. Despite the amazing positive effects music has on the brain, it is also hugely important for building children’s confidence, social and discipline skills and providing students a comfortable environment to explore how to express themselves in unconventional ways.” BIS Hanoi and Lincoln Center’s Juilliard recently partnered up to bring a world-class music opportunity to children in Vietnam. Click on the link to find out further information on the program and the importance of music to children.
This fall we present our original curriculum “The Magic Flute.” Led by Papageno, a bird-catcher who is one of the main characters of the opera, we will go on a musical journey exploring the search for love, knowledge and virtue. Mozart utilized great variety in his musical treatment of this opera, from the folk-tone of Papageno’s music to the German-styled music of Tamino and Pamina, allowing a broad range of musical styles to be explored.
Adapted for young ages, our “Magic Flute” curriculum will introduce children to this magical story, and present Mozart’s beautiful musical themes, performed on all the instruments of the orchestra.
See you in class!
This fall we will be introduced to Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Led by Papageno, a bird-catcher who is one of the main characters of the opera, we will go on a musical journey exploring the search for love, knowledge and virtue. Adapted for young ages, our Magic Flute curriculum will introduce children to this magical story, and present Mozart’s beautiful musical themes, performed on all the instruments of the orchestra.
Sign up for a full session of music classes by August 6th to receive $75 off a registration. Fall session begins September 7th and runs through December 3rd.