This book was written for anyone who wants to expand their mind using music. It contains a step-by-step program that everyone can follow to discover how introducing children to good music can accelerate language development, improve coordination, memory, and much more. It can also aid children with learning disabilities.
Also included is a 35-page resource section that lists the best music, books, and DVDs for kids.
Excerpt – Gaining Perseverance and Determination:
We live in an age of instants: instant photocopies, instant food, instant photos, instant communications of all sorts, and more. Although many of these instants make our lives easier, they can also give our children a distorted view of life and how goals are achieved. Many children grow up expecting instant results in life, never learning to work for or wait for a reward. When things don’t come easily or immediately, they give up. For this reason, studying a musical instrument becomes a priceless lesson. As a child begins to learn to play the flute, for example, she soon realizes that this is not going to be done in an “instant.” It will take time, patience, perseverance, determination, and the ability to stick to the task, day after day, year after year, to play the flute with any degree of proficiency. Learning to read notes, to develop hand-eye coordination, to listen, and to count rhythms is a process involving perseverance. As she works through the difficulties and challenges of learning an instrument, she soon learns that determination and perseverance equal success. Likewise, the perseverance a child learns by practicing her instrument can be, as the experience of many demonstrate, transferred to other areas of her life. For instance, when subjects in school are difficult, she will continue to try her best until the assignment is completed, confident that eventually she will be successful. When life throws her a curve she will not give up, but will work harder with even greater diligence and perseverance until she reaches her goal.
Although most of the great composers suffered personal adversity, they persevered and went on to write beautiful sonatas, symphonies, and operas. Beethoven, despite his progressive deafness at an early age, wrote perhaps his greatest music after going completely deaf. Bach suffered blindness and diabetes, yet continued to compose music. George Frideric Handel suffered a debilitating stroke that put him in a rest home. The world felt that a great life had come to a close. With dogged persistence, he shuffled his way to the organ each night after everyone had gone to bed, forcing his fingers to slowly play each key on the organ. The nuns who heard him were amazed at his unfailing courage and determination. Eventually, he made a complete recovery and went on to write many great pieces of music.
Sharlene Habermeyer, MA is passionate about using music to enhance learning. She’s spent over two and a half decades researching the effects that music can have in the brain development of children. She holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art.
Good Music Brighter Children was inspired by the extensive work she put into teaching her son, who struggled with a severe learning disability. Finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning, she passionately began to research the effects of music on the minds of both children and adults.
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