Childhood music learning, … “has strong linguistic benefits and improves performance on everyday listening tasks.”
http://musiced.nafme.org/news/a-little-music-training-goes-a-long-way/ about this recent study:
“A Little Goes a Long Way: How the Adult Brain Is Shaped by Musical Training in Childhood,” Journal of Neuroscience, vol. 32, no. 34 (August 22 2012).
Piano students – keep the top joint of every finger firm.
Voice students – keep your sternum high.
Violin students- keep your bow arm lifted.
Parents – tap or clap the beat when singing with your child.
All three of my children have been involved with Miss Peggy’s Music Room since they participated in the infant music appreciation classes. My oldest daughter now plays the flute in the elementary school band and she and my middle daughter continue their piano lessons with Miss Peggy. My youngest daughter can’t wait to start lessons! The family got so involved that my husband even took piano lessons there. It is a great, personal program with an emphasis on individual achievement and boosting self-esteem through music. We love it!
-MaryBeth O’Toole, Albany, NY