Making Music Sharpens the Mind!

As a private music teacher, Kindermusik educator, and mother of three, I know that learning needs to be fun! During the summer I searched websites and blogs looking for new and innovative ways to teach music to children. Over the past several weeks I have been making more games for my private piano and voice students. Rhythm, note naming, intervals, triads, key signatures, enharmonic snap, and many more wonderful learning activities are ready for our next lesson. I’m not sure who’s more excited to use these great learning tools – me or my students! Their faces light up when they ask, “Can we play a game today?” The best part? My students just think we’re having fun.

In a recent study, researchers at the University of St. Andrews concluded that musicians have sharper minds and are able to pick up and correct mistakes quicker than non-musicians. They measured the behavioural and brain responses of amateur musicians compared with non-musicians when performing simple mental tasks. Playing a musical instrument improves a person’s ability to detect errors and adjust responses more effectively. Those with little or no musical training also responded slower than musicians. Even moderate levels of musical activity can benefit brain functioning.

It’s never too late to start! Have you been making music lately?


Kindermusik with Tanya
Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. I totally agree. I was watching my students the other day when music was playing and children who were bobbing their heads were totally on task.


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