Mastering musical concepts often requires much repetition. Repetition of patterns in songs reinforces content and retention of words and melodies. Since all children do not learn in the same way or at the same rate, much repetition using a variety of learning strategies is important. Read the full full article
Music is very much a part of our lives. It touches us in many ways and evokes various emotional, cognitive, and physical responses. Music can convey many themes and ideas. Music communicates with us in terms of our own thoughts and feelings. The early Greeks believed that certain modes (scales) or tonalities elicited specific emotions. Read the full full article
As consumers we are drawn to familiar brands that consistently provide great products and services. Brand loyalty is sometimes inherited from our parents (i.e., Do you prefer Pepsi or Coca Cola?). It is also earned through a company's dedication to quality. Read the full full article
We all know that the internet has become a dominate force in helping find things and answering questions quickly. One of the questions that arise for parents is "how to find great music for kids?" Read the full article.
At the beginning of 2005, Silly Bus was nothing more than a start up small business. Today, they have released four CDs, which can be heard on multiple radio and television stations. They have played for numerous benefits, kid's expos, and pre-schools. Read the full article.
Playing background music, or "Welcoming Music," as students enter, exit and return to class is a great way to create a fun, conducive learning environment. Teachers may use Welcoming Music to set classroom tone and to establish atmospheres complimentary to daily schedules and lesson plans. Read the full article.
An important building block for learning music skills and concepts is audiation. You may be familiar with the term inner hearing. The term audiation (inner hearing of music or silently hearing music) was coined by music education researcher Edwin E. Gordon. Read the full article.
In today's competitive landscape it has become increasingly important for companies to differentiate themselves from the competition. One of the ways this is being done is through the use of brand and marketing programs that support families and children. Read the full article.
While observing a student teacher in a first grade music class recently, I was struck by the phenomenon of students chanting a poem and then asking if they could add a melody to the poem. When the teacher asked comprehension questions about the poem prior to adding the melody, student responses were general. Read the full article.
It is interesting to observe how fast children learn when they are young! Research supports our observations that learning experiences must begin in the early years from birth to age five. This is a critical time in a child's musical and cognitive development. Read the full article.
In today's busy world, it is increasingly important for parents to optimize quality time with their children. As mentors, educators and playmates to their newborns, toddlers and preadolescents, parents shape their children's social and intellectual development more than any other influence. Read the full article.
Educational Media, like kid's songs and videos, is an effective medium to engage children and their parents in a meaningful and positive way. Read the full article.
In 2005, I co-founded Silly Bus, a multi-media company specializing in fun, entertaining and educational children's songs and videos. Up to that point as a songwriter, I had focused predominately on the usual pop/rock topics - love, loss, redemption, etc. Read the full article.
Exercise and fitness for kids can be both physically rewarding and fun at the same time. One of the biggest challenges facing youth today is childhood obesity. Due to a more sedentary lifestyle, this is a growing problem that will take some solutions that deal with children's attitudes toward exercise. Read the full article.
In a previous article "Repetition and Musical Learning," the focus was on various ways to use meaningful repetitions to enhance musical learning. In this article we look at the history of repetition as it evolved through the centuries of music development. Read the full article.
The common definition of transfer is to carry or shift from one place to another. One of our goals in music education is for students to become knowledgeable about music and to be able to transfer that knowledge from one musical setting to another. Read the full article.
An efficient rehearsal is dependent upon a stimulating, interesting, and well-planned rehearsal with maximum use of rehearsal time. Use of rehearsal time and pacing are important factors in producing a successful rehearsal. Read the full article.
A lot of work goes into the writing of a Silly Bus kids song. Our approach in Silly Bus is to write songs that appeal to both kids and parents, and finding that balance of sound and style that appeals to both generations is not easy to achieve. Read the full article.
What's so great about music? We all know that music can make us want to jump, dance, and tap our feet. But did you know that music has been linked to math scores, brain development, and anxiety relief? During the critical young ages of learning while the brain is still developing, the impact of music is at its greatest level Read the full article.
Kids music and videos are great tools for teaching and reinforcing habits essential to a happy, healthy life. The invention of the iPod, satellite radio and on-demand programming has made it easier than ever for parents and educators to teach and emphasize healthy choices. Read the full article.
These days, families are busier than ever balancing work, school, activities, and simple household chores. This makes it difficult to find time for additional learning activities outside of school. Read the full article.
Exercise for kids has many positive benefits that can help them mentally and physically in many aspects of their life. Although goal setting may not be the first thing on their mind when playing an entertaining game of basketball, making sure a child continues to be challenged is an important aspect of their physical and mental development. Read the full article.
Educational Media opens the doors for several types of partnerships. As a group, it is important to think about your objectives to determine what are the right types of partners and how to have those partnerships come to life. Read the full article.