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Noticing

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It has been so lovely hearing the sounds of piano, singing, and laughter in the halls of Take Note Studio this fall! After a year and a half of uncertainty, we are thankful to be together again.  The class I teach, theatrical singers , was fully virtual last year, and transitioning back to in-person learning has been both wonderful and challenging.  My co-teacher, Miss Heather and I have been brainstorming ways to help our students remember how our class works through meaningful interactions instead of lectures. We’re not a typical classroom, we like to keep things loose and fun to encourage participation, but with a group of elementary school students, you might imagine that things can veer off course rather quickly.  One thing we find that works to keep things on track is the power of noticing. Ms. Heather and I are both devoted Conscious Discipline followers, so noticing has become second nature to us.  This, I assure you, has not always been the case.  How many of us were told “go

How Music Boosts Brain Development in Babies

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  We’ve all heard the idea that classical music can make you smarter.  We’re told that listening to music while studying for a test can improve your score, or that playing music for a child in the womb can increase their IQ. In truth, the link between music and intelligence has yet to be proven. But while playing Mozart for your child may not give them a genius-level IQ, recent studies show that music can play a vital role in brain development. Music enhances cognitive, emotional, and social development, especially when babies are exposed to it from an early age.  Let’s take a closer look at how music boosts brain development in babies. Music Exposure Improves Pattern Recognition  A study done by the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) found that playing music for 9-month-old babies while they played with their parents improved their brain’s processing of rhythm in both music and speech . Christina Zhao, lead researcher on the study, noted that

10 Life-Enhancing Benefits of Learning To Play a Musical Instrument

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  Love of music is a universal thing.  Whether we listen to music in the car, strum a guitar around the campfire, sing in a choir, or tickle the keys of a piano in our free time, we all enjoy music in some way. But did you know that music has the ability to enhance every part of our lives? It’s true — music has physical, mental, and emotional benefits. This is especially true when we learn to play an instrument. What’s more, when children learn an instrument at a young age, it can boost their development in a number of amazing ways. Here are just a few of the ways that learning to play a musical instrument can enhance your child’s life : 1. Improves Memory Skills Learning any new skill forms new neural pathways, keeping our brains healthy and agile. Learning to play an instrument is no exception.   Playing an instrument is to the brain what a total body workout is to the body . It uses every part of our brain, including our motor, auditory, and visual cortexes — important areas of deve

How Music Can Soothe Your Baby for Better Sleep and Reduced Colic

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      Every parent knows the frustration of trying to get a fussy baby to sleep. You try everything...bouncing, swaying, feeding, back rubs...and nothing seems to work. You’re stressed and exhausted, and you feel heartsick for your poor little one. Whether it’s due to colic or any number of reasons, when sleep eludes your baby, you both suffer.   There are a number of techniques that can help your child get their much-needed rest, and one of them is music. Let’s look at how music can soothe your baby so they (and you) can get some sleep. Music Affects Babies Even Before Birth Music has an effect on babies even before they’re born. As early as 16-18 weeks, a baby hears its first sound; at 24 weeks, their ears are developing more, and they will respond to voices and noise. In the final months of pregnancy, a baby can recognize their mother’s voice, language, word patterns, and even rhymes.   In the 3rd trimester, your baby can definitely hear and respond to the music you play. Gentle sou

More Than Just Fun: Why Kids Need Music and Play

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Music and play bring a lot of joyful fun to life — a good enough reason in itself to make sure we give our children plenty of time to play and fill their lives with opportunities to engage with music. But singing, dancing, playing instruments, listening to music, and playing with other children can do even more for our kids than help them have fun. In fact, music and play are vital to a child’s healthy development. Here are a few reasons why kids need music and play. Music Enhances Brain Development and Boosts School Readiness From swaying and bouncing as infants to making up songs as preschoolers to group singing or learning to play instruments in elementary school, music makes up a vital part of the way our children learn, grow, and develop. Numerous studies have shown the benefits that music plays in child development. For instance, a 5-year study done at the University of Southern California showed that childhood musical experiences can accelerate brain development. This was parti

9 Reasons to LOVE Take Note Studio This Summer

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Summer means the end of school year routines and time to make fun summer plans! From beach days and picnics to ball games and family vacations, there’s so much to love about summer. As you’re making your summer plans, don’t forget to add summer music programs at Take Note Studio to your list!  Our summer programs offer your children a chance to learn through the arts while enjoying play time with their classmates. Here are 9 reasons to love Take Note Studio this summer! 1. Maintain a Comfortable, Predictable Routine All Summer Long Having a routine is valuable to you and your children. Children thrive within structure: a routine gives them a sense of security and helps remove the fear of the unknown. And when they feel secure, kids are more free to think, feel, and be creative. A routine establishes a sense of consistency and gives kids (and parents) something to look forward to. It also offers parents and children opportunities to connect throughout the week. Whether it’s enjoying som

The Power of Moments

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Enjoy every moment! It goes so fast! How many times have you heard that, as a parent?  How does it make you feel?  It makes me nuts.  It makes me feel like there is something about me that is inherently lacking, that someone would need to remind me to enjoy the experience of my own life. Enjoy every moment! Thanks! I really love this one that involves holding a regurgitated piece of chocolate while holding two winter jackets, a backpack, a purse, a leash and a very important rock, sweat dripping down my back, while loading into my van in a vain attempt to make it to class on time. That moment is SO FUN and MAGICAL. One of my favorite authors, Glennon Doyle, has an essay about this phenomenon -- moms of grown children reminding moms of young children to enjoy every moment , and she’s very funny in her analysis of it, ultimately leaving readers with this point: you will never enjoy every moment.  It is literally impossible.  But undoubtedly between the crying moments, the tantrum momen