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Children’s brain development and music: a winning combination featured in today’s Telegraph
There’s a great, wonderful, comprehensive article in today’s Telegraph titled ‘Can music make your child cleverer?’
Disclaimer: I am interviewed in it regarding my book The Music Miracle and the studies on music and children’s brain development. The article also features some tips (on how to engage musically with your child) from The Grown-Up’s Guide of the Moosicology Package.
Still, I genuinely think it’s a fabulous read, as the writer has done a great bit of research to make one fact-packed and nicely written article! Furthermore, the benefits of music for children clearly need this kind of national exposure: us parents need to be more informed on how crucial music is for babies and children. I very nearly missed this opportunity myself with my son six years ago – not wanting to be a ‘pushy parent’, or ‘living my music dreams through my son’, I hesitated in introducing my peculiar obsession with music to him – so it was just as well I came across one study when he was just a few months old (in the wonderful parenting book What Every Parent Needs to Know by Margot Sunderland) – and when I started to look for more information, a whole new world opened up in scientific journals; a wealth of information on how music benefits the brain development of children.
Without further ado, here’s a snippet of the article, which you can read in full at The Telegraph site:
“Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay, 30, Finnish author of The Music Miracle, believes that she has found the key to enhancing a child’s development. “In Finland, most children go to a music playschool until the age of seven,” she says. “They teach the children music in a very child-centred way. The benefits of this are so amazing that when I moved to Britain, I wanted to bring them to British children.”
According to the PISA international league tables, Finnish children are 14 places above Britain in maths, sixth in the world in reading, and fifth in science. The country has become something of a cause celebre among educational experts, who have long searched for the secret of this success.
Henriksson-Macaulay’s six-year-old son, Toivo, has been having piano lessons since he was four. She also has music sessions with him for half-an-hour a week, and for Christmas she gave him a drum kit. “He is exposed to music of all different types,” she says.
In her book, she concludes that musical practice can produce nothing short of a “a full-scale brain upgrade”. She has also developed a system of music tuition called Moosicology, which is intended to be used by parents to maximise the benefits to their child’s development.
According to a collation of peer-reviewed studies quoted in the book, benefits of early engagement with music include improved performance in mathematics and languages; higher levels of IQ; better emotional fluency; greater self-esteem; a more powerful memory; and physical health and fitness.
Such elaborate claims might sound far-fetched, especially as they are made by a non-scientist. But the book has been verified by a number of leading academics at the Institute of Education and elsewhere.
For babies up to the age of one, Henriksson-Macaulay says, it is best to play them a range of music, including major and minor keys, and different time signatures, rhythms and scales. “In Britain, children’s songs are usually in 4/4 time, and in the major key,” she explains. “That’s a bit like speaking to kids only in verbs. For the full benefits, children need a variety of music.”
She suggests singing and clapping games for children under the age of four, and for those aged between five and seven, she recommends introducing instruments.
“The most dramatic benefits happen before the age of seven or eight,” she says. “But it is important not to create a hothouse environment, or there will be a connection between music and stress.” ”
Click here to read the full article – including what Alex James from Blur and Susan Hallam from the Institute of Education have to say about the meaning of music for child development!
There’s a great, wonderful, comprehensive article in today’s Telegraph titled ‘Can music make your child cleverer?’ Disclaimer: I am interviewed in it regarding my book The Music Miracle and the studies on music and children’s brain development. The article also features some tips (on how to engage musically with your child) from The Grown-Up’s Guide […]
“Benny seems to love listening to Moosicology
and if it’s benefiting his development then it’s a great product in my eyes. As a busy working Mum the convenience of Moosicology means it’s ideal for us, I can play the CDs in the car and Benny can enjoy it while we are on the go.”
– Nicky Hambleton-Jones, TV presenter, Mother of Benny, aged 3
“Pretty great all round with lots of value in it.
Teaching about rhythm has been excellent,my daughter is now clapping to beats in all music as a result of Moosicology and as she finds the right rhythm she’s delighted with herself. The song “the cows are singing moo moo moo” is a MASSIVE hit, so much so she found, for the first time, the repeat button on the CD player and when it’s on it’s on for around an hour at a time! Learning how to enjoy music on another level has been a revelation for my daughter and Moosicology ‘unpacks’ music at a good level for her age group. I would recommend it to anyone asking me about engaging children with music (which parents do knowing my own job).”
-Paula Hearsum, Mother of a 4-year old, Senior Lecturer (Music), University of Brighton, UK
“Moosicology is awesome.
It’s far more advanced than I had anticipated and it has meant that my husband can got something he can really get involved with Lara with as it refreshed his interest in music theory. It is so much more than just ‘fun music for kids’.””
– Emma Button, mellowmummy.co.uk, Mother of Lara
Update a year later: “Maya got a certificate for excellent rhythm in her music class – the only child to get one –
and she told the teachers it was because she learned it from Moosicology! It’s motivated her to do more than just play around on the piano at home now and she’s keen to have lessons – not bad as she’s only just turned five!”
-Paula Hearsum, Senior Lecturer (Music), University of Brighton, UK
If you’re like most parents, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your child flourish and become the best they can be.
And in today’s competitive environment, investing in your child’s full development is no longer a luxury: it is a necessity.
Thankfully, nurturing your child’s potential can be a journey filled with joy.
All children love music. And the past two decades of scientific studies show that it’s the early learning of music skills that boosts all areas of your child’s brain – more than any other activity.
Enter Moosicology: a unique, neuroscience-based method that teaches real music skills to your child – through music.
The Complete Moosicology Package is the first and only home education package that teaches your child aged 0-7 real music skills through specifically designed songs, stories and colourful pictures.
With the Moosicology Package, your child learns crucial music skills the fun way.
Children who learn these skills are shown to:
* Become more intelligent and gain an increase in IQ
* Learn to read better and faster than children without music learning and develop better language skills
* Develop better skills in mathematics than children without music skills
* Enjoy better emotional and social wellbeing (a happier child with less tantrums!)
With Moosicology, even a baby and toddler, who is too small to even hold an instrument, can now learn serious music skills the fun way. Because the earlier you start, the bigger the benefits.
At Moosicology, we are passionate about making the study of music accessible for all children. A smarter and happier generation means a better future for us all.
The cheapest non-educational sing-along group prices start from £250 a year and they do not teach your child core music skills. And private instrument lessons require a minimum investment of £1200 a year.
Whilst instrument lessons are great, it is not always easy to find the right music teacher,the transport time and the motivation to practice. With Moosicology, your child can develop crucial music skills in a way that fosters a life-long love of learning and start before they’re even old enough to hold an instrument!
Your child can keep learning from the Complete Moosicology Package for years, with the price of just one private music lesson – and the benefits are for life.
Moosicology is the ultimate child-friendly and family-friendly educational tool. It adapts to your child’s age, teaching real music skills to babies, toddlers and children under 8 alike. This is the most crucial age for brain development.
* No previous musical experience? No problem! The Moosicology Package does all the teaching for your child – and if you’ve never studied music yourself, you can learn it too!
* Your child learns real music skills that are scientifically linked to better literacy, numeracy, intelligence and wellbeing
* Fun to use: the colourful characters and catchy songs entertain your child while educating
* Easy to use: works without parental assistance and you can easily engage with your child through Moosicology’s entertaining lessons even without a previous music background
* Ultimate flexibility: use it at the times of your choice. Now you can fit music learning to the busiest family schedule
* It’s the first and only music education package that teaches real music skills through specifically designed songs, stories and colourful pictures
* Praised by education experts worldwide and produced by professional musicians and artists, it’s entertaining and educational for the whole family
Your child can use the extensive Moosicology package for years. The core music skills that Moosicology teaches are at the heart of early learning.
They are skills that need to be repeated to master and even professional musicians rely on them on a daily basis.
Moosicology’s entertainment makes the repetitive learning something your child can treasure, not endure!