"There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats."
Learning Benefits of the Piano
- Learning music can
begin with the first sound we hear.
- Learning and remembering
of a melody can occur not only before birth but actually before or at the
beginning of the third trimester. Peter G. Hepper, reporting in the Irish
Journal of Psychology (1991, 12, pp 95-107)
- In one study, Five month old infants were found to
be able to discriminate differences in frequency that were much less
than the differences between two adjacent notes in the musical scale,
so they have the basic sensory capability to perceive adjacent pitches.
- Musical development
in children can improve intellectual, motor, social abilities and skills.
- Reading scores for
first grade children trained in music were in the 88th percentile vs.
the 72nd percentile.
- Pitch identification
was a contributing factor in improved reading skills. Hurwitz, I., Wolff, P.H., Bortnick,
B.D., & Kokas, K. (1975). Nonmusical effects of the Kodaly music
curriculum in primary grade children. Journal of Learning Disabilities,
- Before we had reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic,
even before we had words, we had art.
- Our primitive forefathers
wailed to each other, and both language and music were born.
- By movement, mimic,
and example, they shared the lore of the hunt, and dance and physical
education were sired. Bill Pharis, Executive
Director National Association
of Elementary School Principals
- The "Mozart effect":
is the claim that exposure to certain types of music -- especially exposure
to early classical music, very early in life -- can lead to improved performance
on test scores, including tests of spatial visualization, and abstract reasoning.
- Those children who received piano/keyboard
training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial- temporal
ability than the others. These findings indicate that music uniquely enhances
higher brain functions required for mathematics, chess, science and
Research, February 1997).
CD: The Mozart
Effect - Music for Babies - Playtime to Sleepytime
Toy Symphony, (Cassation
for toys, 2 oboes, 2 horns & strings) in G major
(formerly K. 63) 2nd movement Composed