The ABC Music & Me blog is moving!

Thank you for being a part of the ABC Music & Me blog community. We know you believe in the power of music to change the trajectory of a child’s life as much as we do. For more than 30 years, music has been at the heart and soul of all we do. Now, we want . . . → Read More: The ABC Music & Me blog is moving!

Steps to phonological awareness

Edited excerpt from Music and…Reading

Long before children can tell someone that the magnetic letter “m” on the refrigerator stands for the /m/ sound, they are building sensitivity to the sounds of spoken language. Researchers call this phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is a very important step in the journey to learning to read. In fact, some . . . → Read More: Steps to phonological awareness

Shake, Rattle, & Roll at the National Head Start Conference

Minnie Pearl takes a minute to shake an egg shaker for early childhood language and literacy at the ABC Music & Me booth (#419). Also, it looks like Elvis couldn’t leave the building until he shaked, rattled, and . . . → Read More: Shake, Rattle, & Roll at the National Head Start Conference

Nurturing parents increase size of child’s brain

New research by child psychiatrists and neuroscientists show that young children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have a larger hippocampus. The  hippocampus is the part of the brain that plays a key role in storing and retrieving memories and information as well as responding to stress.

“This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, . . . → Read More: Nurturing parents increase size of child’s brain

A 2000 Square Foot Kindergarten Room?

A creative approach to teaching Kindergarten was featured in this week’s New York Times where teachers are teaching kindergardeners in large classrooms with sixty students. Click here to read about this . . . → Read More: A 2000 Square Foot Kindergarten Room?

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The Games of Music

How and when to introduce concepts to children is something that parents and teachers often discuss. Children absorb information differently than adults and sometimes a more creative approach is more effective. Here is a Round Table discussion of using Improvisation to teach music to children. Giving up some control over teaching the basics can lend to . . . → Read More: The Games of Music

You Are What You Read

We’ve all heard the statement “You Are What You Eat”, but who we are comes from many different influences: our families, our teachers, our hometowns, our dreams, our schooling, our friends

Scholastic is recognizing that literacy and finding books that help shape you are an important element in this foundation and are showcasing this in their website, “You . . . → Read More: You Are What You Read

The Future of Music???

Will this:

Turn to This?

Here’s a blog post from Macworld introducing the iKlip to be used with the iPad. The digital revolution is definitely occurring all around us. We see the commuters on the subway cars and at the airport with the lightweight notebook on their laps and covet the ease with which they check e-mail and . . . → Read More: The Future of Music???

Music is Math

“A One and A Two..”

Music is math at it’s core. The steady beat of music has a pattern that’s recognizable in simply rhythms. Music most often is scored in beats of three and four. Children can pick up on these patterns without formal training. And we use music, patterns, math, and rhythm to teach to teach . . . → Read More: Music is Math