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11 Ways to Use Rhythm Sticks in the Classroom

Create Date June 1, 2011 08:22 by author Jackie Silberg
  Creating music enables children to use a multi-sensory approach to learning (listen [More]

The Learning Power of Laughter and Music

Create Date April 19, 2011 10:33 by author Jackie Silberg
  Laughter and music have the power to heal and the power to teach. They have extensive benefits in the classroom – increased retention, decreased anxiety and enhanced interest in the subject matter. Dr. Avner Ziv of Tel Aviv University has done some intriguing research showing how humor can enhance learning and creativity. “I am convinced that this is how it works: humor serves to capture students’ attention (“tickling” their curiosity about the subject at ha... [More]

Why is Rhythm Important?

Create Date February 17, 2011 06:19 by author Jackie Silberg
    Rhythm experiences are vital. When we begin to understand the rhythm of the world, we can begin to understand ourselves.   Rhythm is something that happens over and over again in the same way. It is a pattern that repeats itself.  A room can have a rhythm in the way that the windows or ceiling follow a pattern. Clothes can have a rhythm in the way that stripes or dots follow a pattern. Seasons have a rhythm: winter, spring, summer, fall. Night and day happen over and... [More]

About the Mozart Effect

Create Date January 11, 2011 10:02 by author Jackie Silberg
  It always amazes me that whenever I present a workshop or keynote on early brain development, infants, toddlers, music, literacy, and other early childhood subjects, I always get asked “Can you tell us about the Mozart Effect? This blog post will explain what it is and how you can utilize some of the ideas in your classroom. What is the Mozart effect? In 1988, neurobiologist Gordon Shaw conducted research that linked music and intelligence. In 1993, Dr. Fran Rauscher (Unive... [More]

Music Belongs in the Early Childhood Classroom

Create Date November 11, 2010 11:50 by author Jackie Silberg
  Jean Piaget (1896-1980), the noted Swiss psychologist believed that the early years are the optimum period for intellectual development. During the "pre-operational" learning stage (ages 2-7), children begin to think and react through symbols (language, drama, drawings and dreams). This stage is perfect for starting the process of learning music. Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (b. 1943) sets forth a theory that some children seem to "think musically" at a very young age.  Youn... [More]

Happy Birthday

Create Date October 13, 2010 10:37 by author Jackie Silberg
  Several years ago, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference took place during my birthday (Dec.1), which inspired me to conduct an evening workshop about birthdays around the world. It was a lovely event! My publisher Gryphon House served cake and punch to everyone and we had a wonderful time.  Here are some ideas from that workshop. Ghana In the country of Ghana, children play this game at parties. Che Che Koolay (An echo song from Af... [More]

Music About Animals and Insects

Create Date August 31, 2010 04:00 by author Jackie Silberg
A father in line in front of me at a fast-food restaurant was playing with his young child. "What does a horse say?," the father asked. The child gave a whinny. "What does a cow say?," the father asked. "Moo," replied the child. Sound familiar? Have you ever wondered why young children are so fascinated with animals and insects and why they love to make the sounds of cows, dogs, bees, etc.? Children relate to animal movement because it is similar to their own. Animal sounds are easy to m... [More]

Do you know about the “System"?

Create Date July 6, 2010 10:49 by author Jackie Silberg
The “System” is shorthand for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela.  Up and down Venezuela, a quarter of a million kids are  spending six afternoons a week, from 2pm to 6pm, intensively studying classical music. This is a radical social project in which children, often living in unthinkable circumstances, are given the chance to punch through the poverty cycle - with the help of skills learned through music.   The network of youth... [More]

American Folk Songs & Activities for Young Children

Create Date June 3, 2010 05:59 by author Jackie Silberg
  American folk songs provide a rich resource for teaching about our culture and developing social interaction between children.  Clapping, snapping, stamping, and moving in with the syncopated patterns of American folk chants, circle games, and songs helps children learn more easily in many ways. Here are some folk songs and activities you can try with your children!  JIM ALONG JOSIE The simple dance-song Jim Along Josie, said to be based on an old minstrel son... [More]

American Folk Songs & Activities for Young Children

Create Date June 3, 2010 05:34 by author Jackie Silberg
American folk songs provide a rich resource for teaching about our culture and developing social interaction between children.  Clapping, snapping, stamping, and moving in with the syncopated patterns of American folk chants, circle games, and songs helps children learn more easily in many ways. Here are some folk songs and activities you can try with your children!  JIM ALONG JOSIE The simple dance-song Jim Along Josie, said to be based on an old minstrel song, is wi... [More]
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