Great Parenting for Smarter Kids

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There many suggestions and beliefs that one should do as a parent to ensure that his/her child will grow smart, or will be able to perform to his/her maximum potential. One of the most popular theories is engaging your child to music. Some even suggests that as early as pregnancy, having your baby listen to Mozart or any other classical music helps in the child’s brain development.

To say that this is true and that parents should include this practice in rearing children may not be conclusive yet. But there is much research and articles working to support why music is intrinsic and important, and why it should be included in a child’s education and developmental life.

Research shows that music affects the brain. PET scans and MRI imaging scanning the blood flow in the brain have allowed scientists to monitor brain activity while an individual is listening to music or engaged in music training. Accordingly, our brains, wired with neural pathways “light up” when we are participating in an activity. Only certain region or parts of the brain “light up” in most activities but when an individual is engaged in learning and playing an instrument, all parts “light up” plus new neural pathways are created. Many literatures can be found describing the brain activity during musical training as well as those detailing the implications of music therapy and music education.

For our children to benefit from music, music education in the school is a great way to start. For those have no inclinations towards music, cultivating musical interest in them may prove to be a challenge. Sharon Burch, a music teacher and author of the Freddie the Frog® book series, makes teaching music an enjoyable experience for kids. She teaches musical concepts through the exciting adventures of Freddie the Frog and his friends who live on Treble Clef Island. Using humor and pathos to hold the children’s interest, Sharon Burch spun stories where each significant event or character began with the musical letter of the line or space on the treble clef.

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