5 Insanely Awesome Ways Music Builds Your Brain

Jan. 20, 2015 by

As a mother of five boys and author of Good Music Brighter Children, I want to share with you why music is so important to learning and some ideas on how to incorporate music into your child’s schooling experience. My

Brain-building Toys for Holiday Gift Giving: Part Two

Dec. 1, 2014 by

Today is a continuation of last week’s holiday toy suggestions. These are great toys to build your child’s brain while he/she has fun and builds brain cells.  Be sure and check out the YouTube video demonstrating the Sports Stacking Cups—an

Brain-building Toys for Holiday Giving: Part One

Nov. 24, 2014 by

The holidays are upon us and the frenzied gift-giving chaos is in full swing! Today I want to pass along some great toy ideas for your children that will build their brains. These are toys and games that get your

Music– A Brain-building Tool for Success in School: Part 3

Nov. 17, 2014 by

(Note: this is the last blogpost in a series of three that I’ve published over the last month) Today we are discussing another important part of the brain that music strengthens—the motor areas of the brain.  Brain-builder #3: Music strengthens the

@ils_learning –Integrated Learning Strategies: Using Music to Help Learning Disabilities

Oct. 13, 2014 by

Do you have a child with learning disabilities? Autism? Sensory Integration issues? Auditory Processing? Attention Deficit Disorder? Etc.? In chapter eight of my book, Good Music Brighter Children I talk about how music can be a powerful catalyst for kids

Scary Music & Movies to Play in the Dark

Oct. 6, 2014 by

Halloween and scary music go hand-in-hand. You probably own a couple of Halloween CDs complete with all the scary music you need, but did you know that scary music is found in the classical repertoire? Believe it or not, it actually does

Warning: How to Keep Your Kids From Becoming Tech-Junkies! Part 1

Sep. 29, 2014 by

Did you know that Steve Jobs was a “low-tech” parent?  Meaning–he did not allow his kids to turn into tech-junkies by spending hours on end playing with tech-toys. He stated, “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”

Music–A Brain-Building Tool for Success in School: Part 2

Sep. 22, 2014 by

Today’s blog is a continuation of how music involvement will build a bigger, better brain. It will help your children in every aspect of their schooling—reading, writing, math, language arts, spelling and vocabulary. Last week we talked about how music

Music: A Brain-Building Tool for Success in School: Part 1

Sep. 15, 2014 by

The kids are back in school. You can breathe a momentary sigh of relief, but now you want to know how you can support their learning experience and help them to become the best students they can be. So, if

Classical Music and Gothic Cathedrals

Sep. 3, 2014 by

Question: What do classical music and the Cathedral of Notre Dame have in common?  To answer this question, we need to talk music studies. There are studies on music that date from the 1800s to the present. In each instance,

Fox News Appearance

Aug. 27, 2014 by

On Sunday, August 17, I appeared on Fox News in Salt Lake City, Utah (KSTU Fox 13).  Kelly Chapman was the host and interviewed me about my book, Good Music Brighter Children. We had an immediate connection—which is important for

@SchoolofDoodle: Music, Doodling and Mind Mapping

Aug. 15, 2014 by

Did your mother ever tell you to “Stop dawdling?”  When I was growing up, doodling and dawdling, (according to my mother) were wasteful activities that had no value. So after calling me to task, she would add, “and get busy

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