Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A gift that lasts

From a book called, "This is your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession," by neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (this author was a guest speaker at our recent Kindermusik convention in Chicago):

"We know that there are critical periods for acquiring new skills, such as language. If a child doesn't learn leanguage by the age of six or so (whether a first or a second language), the child will never learn to speak with the effortlessness that characterizes most native speaker of a language. Music and mathematics have an extended window, but not an unlimited one: If a student hasn't had music lessons or mathematical training prior to about age twenty, he can still learn these subjects, but only with great difficulty, and it's likely that he will never "speak" math or music like someone who learned them early. This is because of the biological course for synaptic growth. The brain's synapses are programmed to grow for a number of years, making new connections. After that time, there is a shift toward pruning, to get rid of unneeded connections."

What a long-lasting impression you are making on your child by enrolling them in Kindermusik. I have such an honor and blessing to be their teacher.

Re-enroll for next semester today!

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