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We know that music brings joy and solace, and makes us feel happy," Spencer says. "But research has also discovered music plays a powerful role in the cognitive development of children. Music inspires creativity, imagination and self-expression. It also builds self-esteem and is good for memory skills."

Brain appropriate learning requires that the Arts are integrated into the whole curriculum rather than outside of it. Studies show that imagination develops alongside the skills of comprehension, insight and qualities of cognitive understanding.

The amazing Vi Hart explains why we hear music the way we do

"It is one of the great tragedies of adulthood that so many of us leave our artistic lives in adolescence." Sweet essay about the power of music--to inspire, build community and connection, and rediscover the joys of the inner creative light that burns so bright when we are children.

How to Help Your Child Discover Their Musical Identity | On Music Teaching and Parenting

from Mama Smiles

Music and Parenting

Music and Parenting - ways to incorporate music into daily life and the benefts of using music with children! - Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting What role does music play in your life?

How to Boost Students' Musical Creativity: The use of the imagination to generate original ideas is performed in the right-brain hemisphere as a student composes, plays and sings with the programs at MusicEDU. But what about the left brain hemisphere?

Charles Limb: Your brain on improv Musician and researcher Charles Limb wondered how the brain works during musical improvisation -- so he put jazz musicians and rappers in an fMRI to find out. What he and his team found has deep implications for our understanding of creativity of all kinds.

JumpinJazz Kids: "Imagination is Me!" is built on Music, Movement, Minds, asking kids and families to be "active" listeners...

Joy given. Love served... "The Greatest Love of All" ~ Ario Wibisono.