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Could Music Be the Key to Improving Resilience in Kids?

<a href="/blogs/2014/06/03/could-music-be-the-key-to-improving-resilience-in-kids">Could Music Be the Key to Improving Resilience in Kids?</a>

Music surrounds us—in shops, at work, on television, and at the movies. We program our own personal soundtracks effortlessly via iPods and similar devices. With new technologies, listening to music has moved from being an active activity to a passive one in a generation. We all 'do music' — but to really reap the benefits we need to engage with music. Going through life with a passive backing track is not enough. Read full article

Landfill Children's Orchestra - Musical Inspiration for Children

Headlined as "The world sends us garbage, we send back music" - watch as these children create their beautiful music via Landfill Harmonic. " In the barrios of Paraguay, a humble garbage picker uses his ingenuity to craft instruments out of recycled materials - and a youth orchestra is born. Music arises and children find new dreams." Read full article

Parenthood Changed My Perspective on Teaching Piano

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/28/parenthood-changed-my-perspective-on-teaching-piano">Parenthood Changed My Perspective on Teaching Piano</a>

I am a piano teacher and a composer. I am also a parent. Back in the second half of 2006, when I was about 16 weeks pregnant, Gina Wake (from Hal Leonard Australia) and I did a two or three week tour launching Getting to Grade Four. In the January of 2007, between weeks 28 and 31 of my pregnancy (and when Gina was 15 to18 weeks along in her pregnancy! we toured the nation again launching. Crazy stuff. Yes, I know. One teacher said to me with quite a twinkle in her eye “I wonder how becoming a parent is going to change your piano teaching…” Read full article

Emmanuel Kelly on the X Factor - Must See Inspiration for all Children

If there is only one video you take the time to watch with your children this week, please let it be this one. Arun Abey who occasionally blogs for this site, shared this video with me today. it features the moving and gorgeous singing performance of Emmanuel Kelly on the Australian X Factor - rescued from an Iraqi orphanage with his brother, Emmanuel and his family demonstrate love, compassion, determination and everything that is good about humanity. I promise you will want to show this video to your children. Read full article

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/battle-hymn-of-the-tiger-mother">Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother</a>

Book: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. The controversial yet compelling parenting biography by Chinese-American author who writes about her journey as a parent determined to use what she calls "Chinese parenting" to raise successful children. But the journey does not end in the way she expects. Read full article

Family Rewards for Persistence with Music Practice

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2010/08/24/family-rewards-for-persistence-with-music-practice">Family Rewards for Persistence with Music Practice</a>

Music is a big part of life in our family. From when the children were tiny there was a often music playing in some form - either in the background, or big and loud on a Friday afternoon waiting for Dad to come home We would dance around the house to the beat of Sergio Mendes or ACDC. Eclectic tastes here, you see...They were singing “Get on down, I’m a sex machine” from a very early age. (Reading this, I find it a little disturbing.) So it’s not surprising that they now all play instruments and sing. Read full article