18 May · Bibi · No Comments

5 Fun Dances and Dance Games to Teach Young Kids

Not only is dancing fun for young kids, but it can improve their physical health and boost their social skills, communication skills, and self-esteem. What’s more, teaching your kids how to do these dances—and possibly doing the dance with them—is sure to make for lots of laughs and fun! Here are five easy dances and …


23 Mar · Bibi · No Comments

How Music Training Can Increase Kids’ Social and Emotional Skills

Image credit: commons.wikimedia.org   Music training has been shown to help children’s brains develop faster, boost their IQ, enhance their spatial-temporal skills, and more. But that’s not all music education can do: it also has an effect on children’s social and emotional skills. Here are a few ways music training can benefit your child socially …


10 Mar · chris@bostonstringquartet.com · 5 Comments

Peruvian Children’s Songs and Activities

Rock and Roll Daycare and the Montessori Music Lab are excited to release the Peruvian Heritage Songbook! In today’s post, you will find complimentary copies of the following   -Peruvian Heritage E-Songbook   -Peruvian Heritage Songbook Audio   -A Welcome to Peru Booklet   -Hand Motions and Coloring Pages to the songs from the Book …


20 Jan · Bibi · No Comments

7 Kids’ Albums that You Might Actually Like, Too

Hot Dog! by Caspar Babypants     While music made for children has gotten much better and much more diverse over the last couple decades, kids’ music still has the ability to drive even the calmest parents a little bonkers sometimes. Luckily, there are some pretty great albums out there, albums that you might even …


20 Dec · Anna Arteaga · No Comments

The Origin of Christmas Carols – A Bedtime Story

Europe as usual, is the origin for many American traditions. This is the case for Christmas Carols. Have you ever thought when, where and why they originated? Read this and then turn it into a great holiday bed time story for your children! Around the year 100 A.C., Early Christians started taking over pagan celebrations such …


3 Dec · Anna Arteaga · No Comments

Maria Montessori on Music

Maria Montessori and music were never separate ideas. Since the very beginning of her philosophy, which started around 1907 with her first Children’s home in Rome, Maria Montessori valued music highly. A natural innovator and educator, Montessori focused on teaching children through a method that accompanies their natural learning progress.   Music, according to Maria, …


12 Nov · Bibi · No Comments

Want to Train Your Brain? Learn to Play a Musical Instrument

These days you’ll find a plethora of apps and websites out there that say they can “train your brain” and improve mental abilities with various games. However, it turns out these tools may not live up to the hype. In October 2014, a group of leading neuroscientists and psychologists penned an opened letter calling claims …


6 Sep · vukgroove1 · No Comments

Training Up a Musical Child: Twelve-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Grace VanderWaal

Photo Credit: radio.com Twelve-year-old Grace VanderWaal wowed America’s Got Talent judges and took the country by storm when she auditioned for America’s Got Talent back in June. VanderWaal, a sixth grader from Suffern, New York, sang an original song that she performed on a ukulele. She received a standing ovation from judges and even scored …


17 Aug · chris@bostonstringquartet.com · No Comments

The Musical Olympics

  This is it—the day they’ve been dreaming about for years. The competitors have trained for hours a day for months and even years on end. They’ve sweated; they’ve cried; they’ve trained their bodies and their minds. They arrive at the venue; their family and friends are there, waiting anxiously with cameras in hand. The …


22 Jul · chris@bostonstringquartet.com · One Comment

Why the Mozart Effect Works with Justin Bieber

  We know: just seeing the words Mozart and Justin Bieber in the same sentence makes your brain hurt. What could these two musical artists possibly have in common?   A lot, it turns out.   The Mozart effect is the hypothesis that exposure to classical music in early childhood can improve mental development, and/or …