We present another recording about scientific background regarding music and brain development, with focus on dyslexia.
Music activities are very beneficial for brain development. This is especially important in the early childhood. One of the biggest experts in this field, Minna Huotilainen, has shared some of her knowledge about this topic in the video below.
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I have recently attended an event with neuropsychologist Dr. Steve Hughes. He is very active in the Montessori organization. He provided some interesting insights. You are invited to watch some of his recorded talks here.
However, we are more and more convinced that early childhood brain development is not understood well enough. Our education can surely be done much better. We are interested in cooperating in the research of early childhood brain development, and looking for possible partners in such international research projects.
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Christmas holidays is usually also the time for shopping. My advice is to give your kids something useful and educational. An instrument is a perfect gift. Check out some instruments we recommend or try to find something by yourself.
We have participated at the Penn Foster webinar series about preschool music education. Our webinar was about preschool voice development. You are invited to watch the recording of the webinar.
Good teaching material will ease your work a lot. We are always on a look-out for good ideas and materials. We have been attending the Music fair in Frankfurt (biggest music fair in Europe) for many years now. At a visit a few years ago we discovered Music Work Out - a great set of teaching materials. We found it the best thing at the whole fair! We are also happy to have become friends with the family which has developed it.
They provide 2 different cases of materials. The bigger case contains a lot of different flashcards, which are very useful for music teaching in elementary school.
The smaller case contains three different games: bingo, memory and domino. This one is appropriate for younger kids, too, introducing various music notation symbols. It is great for introduction of symbols to small kids, or for some fun time with older children.
Another thing from them that we really love is their music memory app. It is great for development of hearing and memory, and very useful for kids that can't be separated from their smartphones and tablets.
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Many activities in music classes require music accompaniment. Of course it is best to play suitable music by yourself. However, sometimes this is not possible - perhaps you have to lead the kids in those activities, or you simply can't play a suitable instrument.
The CDs below (Djingalla series) are a great match for a variety of activities for kids. We also use some pieces for our classes.
Martin. with quite some experience in music and music education for children