Singing and playing instruments have always been an integral part of family life as well as a great way to bond with friends and loved ones. Through music, we are able to express our innermost emotions as well as convey meaningful messages to others. We may not be consciously aware of its effects in our brain and mental development, but music helps us to be creative, more vibrant, and smarter which are great attributes to be acquired and developed by our children.
Socially, music is an ageless hobby creating interaction with great people where striving for excellence is a given in a musical group. This is mostly manifested in jazz groups where creativity is developed, honed, and embraced. Each member in a musical group is encouraged to give more and perform at their best so the group can produce the harmony needed to produce great music. Discipline and organizational skills are greatly enhanced here.
In line with these, many parents prepare their young ones as early as they are babies still inside the womb by listening to classical music like Mozart. Enrolling their children in guitar and piano lessons are also advocated by parents. These are just not popular beliefs about music. In fact, there are substantial amount of research and article available backing up the claim that music education and musical training makes kids smarter.
Recently, the advancement of technology has allowed scientists to actually see the effects of music to our brain activity. Through PET scans and MRI imaging, it can be seen that music supposedly makes all parts of the brain light up as opposed to most of the activities we undertake where only certain regions or parts of the brain light up. Also new neural pathways in our brain are created when we are engaged in music training.
It is fortunate that a product of musical environment and influences, Sharon Burch came up with a way to make music learning easy and fun for young children helping parents achieve their goal of making their kids smarter. Sharon Burch is a music teacher and the author and creator of Freddie the Frog. Through the adventures of Freddie the Frog and his friends, Burch is able to make musical concepts easier to grasp and retain for children.