Good Music Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music

Good Music Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music

by Sharlene Habermeyer


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Did you know that music has the power to increase your child's intelligence? Scientific studies at some of the most respected universities in the world indicate that children introduced to classical music at a young age read earlier and perform better on achievement tests. Inside, respected educator, Sharlene Habermeyer gives you a simple, step-by-step program that any parent can follow. You'll discover how introducing your children to good music can: accelerate language development, improve math and science skills, increase memory and concentration, improve reading comprehension and retention, enhance physical coordination and benefit children with learning disabilities and more. This book is a powerful guideline for any parent who wants to help their child develop into a bright, well-rounded and confident adult.

"With a scientist's eye and an artist's voice, Habermeyer examines everything from the benefits of music for the developing brain to music's ability to improve cultural awareness. This is an encyclopedic, invaluable resource for anyone who believes in music education. A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring, on the benefits of music."
-Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media LLC

"This book outlines why music is important to learning, and provides parents with excellent suggestions for launching and sustaining a musical influence in the lives of their children."
-James S. Catterall, professor of education and co-director of Imagination Project at UCLA.

This book is a well-crafted look at the importance and many benefits of music in our children's lives at home and school. It is an enjoyable, lucid, and informative read for anyone who wants to better understand or make the case for the value of arts education in our schools."
-Tim Seldin, President, The Montessori Foundation

"This beautifully written work presents the most compelling argument to date that supports why we as a society must continue to fulfill the cultural mandate of including music in the life of every child."
-Kathleen A. Horvath, PhD, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Music Education, Case Western Reserve University

"This book provides educators, parents, and the community with critical information as well as the language to advocate for music's rightful position within a child's complete education."
-Joan Ashcraft, DMA, Director, Tucson Unified School District, Performing Arts, Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA)

"A great resource for both parents and teachers. Anyone interested in music or the overall well-being of children will not be able to put this book down."
-Lisha Papert Lercari, Director, Music and the Brain

"Carefully researched and highly readable, Good Music, Brighter Children is written for musicians and non-musicians alike. It is filled with wisdom, insight and helpful tips to bring music into the home for all ages and stages of childhood."
-Shauna Bird Dunn, JD, MPA, Utah Young Mother of the Year, 2010

"This book is an incalculable resource for family members, educators, and music-affiliated retailers alike. Parents should immerse themselves in its message."
-Antoinette Purdon, The Piano Company, Leesburg, Virginia

"Every parent should read this book to discover the hidden talents of children; even those with learning disabilities. Nothing is impossible if we strive to help our children through the power of good music."
-Miriam Choi, Suzuki Piano Teacher (Advanced), Melbourne, Australia

"Good Music, Brighter Children perfectly outlined for me how to brighten my children's lives through the world of music
-Nancy Allen Naroff, Mother of musicians Madeline and Dylan

"Good Music, Brighter Children is a refreshing and inspiring 'how-to' manual for parents who want to improve their child's life through music."
-Michelle Whitesides, Mother and Young Violinist Chairperson PVRSO

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781484157312
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/11/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.94(d)

About the Author

Sharlene Habermeyer, MA, has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of young children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music can be the catalyst for learning. She holds a masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members. A college instructor, a frequent lecturer, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California.
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Good Music, Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I feel like I should have music on while reading or writing this review. Good Music Brighter Children is full of facts, case studies and personal stories about the importance of music in the lives of children. Now for me my two girls are in college and I feel I should have done more with music when they were young. I can also see what I did right about getting good music for them. Though I have told them they need to listen to classical while they are studying for tests. This is one book that I wish I had read a couple of decades ago. I like how it explains why music helps with children be better in math and science. How young you get music in children it actually helps the brain to get bigger. That exposing your baby even before you meet them to singing so your baby recognizes your voice. The one section that I will go back to again and again is a resource that has lots of information about what music is out their and composer, dvds, books about music and composers, plays. That we can use to expose ourselves, children and grandchildren to music that will enrich their lives. The section on starting an Orchestra I do not seeing me using that chapter in my life. So I can prepare me to be a better grandma, better myself in the future. Music has not been a big deal to me. My daughters both learned to play in school bands. I know that art and music are easy things to cut back on but I now have greater appreciation of how they help students to learn and grow. I did enjoy this book much more when I got over my guilt at what I did not do to too bring more music into our home. I was given Good Music Brighter Children so that I could review it honestly and be part of its blog tour.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author has done her homework and delivers a practical guide, clearly written in a very readable and enjoyable style. Thankfully free of academic cant or pyschobabble, 'Good Music, Brighter Children' has page after page of facts and solutions that real parents with real children can use. The scholarship is impeccable, the bibliography exhaustive; Ms. Habermeyer has quite simply created a gold standard reference work in the warp-speed expanding field of learning dynamics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To any parent who has struggled to get a child to practice any musical instrument, the chapter on practicing (chapter 5) is alone worth the price of Good Music Brighter Children. The book offers not only great encouragement to parents, but it contains many useful suggestions on helping the child or teen over those ¿I-want-to-quit¿ hurdles.

This book backs up with solid research the position that music affects many aspects of development. Most interesting and readable are the anecdotes of how exposure to music has affected individuals and their families. This is not a book that will guide you in making a prodigy of your child. Its position is that music is a vital component of everyone¿s development.

Many how-to books make grand claims with steps to follow that are impractical at best and usually unreachable by the average reader. Good Music Brighter Children is loaded with realistic suggestions for incorporating music into your child¿s (and your) life. Whether you take one or several of these suggestions, you¿re bound to see benefits in many areas of your family¿s life. From teaching values through music to exposing your kids to music on a budget, just about anyone can successfully apply these ideas to their own situation. This is a must-have book for parents concerned about their child¿s education and development.