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Music, Mozart, and Kids

This prezi tells all about Mozart's compositions. In addition, it tells how music affects younger children.
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Meredith Walling

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Transcript of Music, Mozart, and Kids

Mozart and his Compositions... Most people consider Mozart's operas to be some of the very best ever to be written. In addition, most every person considers Mozart to be a prodigy at music, given he wrote variations to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"when he was about 3 years old. In my opinion, Mozart is one of the finest musicians and composers that has ever lived on this Earth. In this next section, I will tell about how doing the Suzuki Violin School music program improves brain development. Mozart has
written many
great concertos, operas, and symphonies. Mozart composed 27 piano conertos. His most famous were... Flute conerto No. 2 in D Major Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor Piano Concerto No.9 in E Flat Major Horn Concerto No. 3 in E Flat Major In addition, there was a study that had 2 young children who were in the Suzuki Program, and 2 that were not. A group of people did MEG scans, and the 2 kids who did Suzuki showed higher peaks in brain activity. They also had the ability to discriminate between sounds. To conclude, musical training has an impact of memory and attention. "It increases memory abilities by positively influencing brain wiring"states wordpress.com. Fun Facts!!
~Mozart wrote his first Symphony at age 8
~Mozart wrote 27 piano concertos, 35 violin sonatas, and 41 symphonies.
~He wrote over 600 works in his life
-Dividing his works up, Mozart wrote about 25 songs each year of his life According to wordpress.com, music really does alter the brains of young children in many different ways. Also, according to another study, music, again, makes kids smarter. "Children who study a musical instrument for at least three years outperform children with no instrumental training on non-musical tests of vocabulary and non-verbal reasoning." According to foxnews.com, Resarchers compared 41 kids, ages 8 to 11, who had studied either piano or a string instrument for at least three years, with 18 children who had no instrument training.
Children in both groups spent about half an hour each week in music classes at school. But instrument-wielding kids also attended private music lessons for an average of 45 minutes a week and practiced on their own at home. Tests showed the kids who practiced instruments scored much higher than their non-musical counterparts on auditory discrimination and finger dexterity, both skills closely tied with musical training. Most of Mozart's compositions to the end of his life-time became light and very elegant. It was almost like he had accepted the fact that he was dying. Thanks for watching!!!:) I strongly agree with the opinon that music makes kids smarter. Yes, of course it does. When learning a song, a musical instrument, or a dance step, your child experiences the unique integration of body and mind that music provides. Sensory integration is a crucial factor in children's learning readiness for school subjects such as reading, writing, and math. Music improves spatial-temporal reasoning (See the M.I.N.D. Institute research), a neurological process needed to understand mathematics. The best way to enhance your child's learning with music is to encourage listening to and learning music throughout the child's developmental years. Do it in a variety of ways that are enjoyable and fun, then let your child's own interest and aptitudes guide your choices of lessons and activities. According to about.com... “The research is very exciting, and it highlights how powerful musical experience is in human development,” says Kenneth K. Guilmartin, founder and director of Music
Together and the Center for Music and Young Children (CMYC) in Princeton. “Music and movement are powerful learning mediums because they involve so much of our human selves: our seeing, hearing, kinesthetic and tactile feelings, large and
small motor movements, and our emotions—all processed and coordinated
simultaneously by our brain.” But, Ken cautions, research findings can be presented in a distorted light. “Too often, music-making is portrayed by the media and educators as a stepping stone to other skills, rather than as a uniquely human capacity with profound value all its own.” According to
musictogether.com, Exposing their young children to music just comes naturally to Jill and Bob Williams of Appleton. "Music is a huge part of our life," said Jill Williams, who plays piano, and also bassoon for the UW Fox Valley Concert Band and a local woodwind quintet. Since Rose, 3, and her baby sister, Lillian, 9 months, were born, music has been as integral a part of their lives as learning to walk and talk. Bob, a baritone with the White Heron Chorale, is always singing at home. Jill, meanwhile, is frequently practicing for concerts, or playing the piano, while Rose dances and keeps time with her castanets and baby Lillian bounces nearby in her exer-saucer.Jill is convinced all this music exposure is paying off."Rose is 3 and she is reading," she said. "She has the gift of language and I can't help but believe it's because of rhythm and rhyming and the flow of music." A growing body of research supports her observations.Exposing a child to great music — as a listener and as a player — is good for brain development. " Nothing activates as many areas of the brain as music," says researcher Donald A. Hodges, Covington Distinguished Professor of Music Education and director of the Music Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. According to childrenmusicworkshop.com, Many people try to find ways to give their infants an advantage in life. One such belief is that by letting your baby listen to classical music you can actually help to make them smarter. But is this really possible? According to many scientists who have done numerous research studies on this topic, music can definitely help to make a baby or young child feel more relaxed and calm, but, as far as making them into geniuses through listening to a certain type of music, they do not believe so. According to wisegeek.com, However, later on in this article, its states this... Classical music also helps to stimulate minds. There are some, like proponents at the University of California, who feel that classical music greatly enhances an infant's intelligence level. Most infants are capable of hearing the differences in pitch and tone, and this is what many believe helps to get their minds working in a faster way. “It would be very easy for me to jump on the proverbial bandwagon and say, ‘music makes you smarter,’ but I think you have to read the research carefully,” says Jeffrey Bush, Music Education Professor at the Herberger College School of Music at Arizona State University. “Some studies such as the Mozart effect have been grossly over-generalized.” The “Mozart effect,” refers to research showing that children who listened to Mozart before taking a test performed better. The catch? The effects only lasted about 20 minutes. Other research may have been skewed by socio-economic differences between kids who attend schools with music programs and kids whose schools can’t afford them. According to education.com, Can playing the piano strengthen a child’s reading and math skills? Can joining a school band be a catalyst for building self-confidence? Does one develop strong analytical abilities by taking violin lessons? Some music experts say yes.

"Every minute that you’re engaged in music, you’re applying more than one concept or one knowledge," said Dr. Kevin Strother, Head of Music at The Heights School in Potomac, Md. "Music develops analytical thinking because it requires students to be creative. They don't just regurgitate memorized facts. They have to apply those facts." According to connectionnewspapers.com, According to scienceblogs.com, Well for me, music will not really make your kid smarter when you're not there to guide them. According to wordpress.com, Those of us who did some shopping for young children recently couldn’t help but notice the huge range of toys, games, and music targeted at parents hoping to boost their children’s intelligence—and perhaps give their toddlers a “jump-start” on the competition for preschool. Among the most popular items are music CDs designed to trigger the “Mozart Effect,” the supposed improvement in intelligence that results from listening to classical music. But does it really work? Are babies who listen to Mozart really any smarter? Later on in the article... In 1993, the highly respected science journal Nature published an article by three University of California at Irvine researchers who reported that college students who listened to ten minutes of a Mozart piano sonata showed a significant improvement on a special reasoning task when compared with a control group (Rauscher, Shaw, and Ky, 1993). However, the finding “didn’t imply anything about the long-term enhancement of spatial ability, let alone intelligence in general” “Of course, introducing Mozart and other great composers is a wonderful idea”, but parents hoping to raise the IQ levels of their babies may want to take a closer look at the research, the article states... Basically, heightened alertness improved performance, but had no effect on overall intelligence. These facts did nothing to dissuade the media—as well as manufacturers of “intelligence enhancing” music CDs and videos—from making wild claims about the effects of classical music on children and infants (even though neither group was ever studied). Eager parents, well-meaning relatives, teachers, and even legislators joined the band-wagon, and a $100 million a year industry was born. Yet, according to Lilienfeld and other experts in developmental psychology, there is no good evidence that these products work. We are now going to take a VOTE... Raise your hand if you think that music makes kids smarter... Now raise your hand if you think music doesn't change anything... This is Dr. Suzuki. He invented the whole
"Suzuki Violin" program. He passed away in
the year 1998 when he was 99 years old. This is Carol Dallinger. She is
my private violin teacher and
started the Evansville Suzuki Violin
Program so many students can
enjoy playing the violin!! Currently continuing with the
Suzuki Violin Program and we are both in EPYO ll. Now: This is Jared Crawford, the concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. He helps my section in EPYO ll to learn our music better. Maansi and I at my
Suzuki Tea Party...just starting Suzuki!! Then... This is my old violin teacher's
string shop. He taught me from
2006-2010. This is Itzhak Perlman,
playing the solo from
schindler's list. I played
this solo for my orchestra
EPYO ll. Pics of Maansi and I then and now!!
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