Hawthorne Vocal/General Music

Why Should We Teach Singing?

We should first learn to love music as human sound and as an experience that enriches life.

The voice is the most natural instrument and one which every person possesses.

Singing is a powerful means of musical expression.

What we produce by ourselves is better learned; and there is a stronger feeling of success and accomplishment.

Learning through singing should precede instrumental training.

It is in the child's best interest to understand the basics of reading music before beginning the difficult task of learning the technique of an instrument.

Does Music Make You Smarter?

YES!

"In fact, music makes an important impact on how we think, how we feel, how we behave, and how we believe.  Music plays a role in the development of children from the strains of the first lullaby.  It enters a child's life from experiences in the family, from the media, as a part of religious worship, in school curriculum, and in play.  In addition to its enormous social value, recent research suggest that music also is important for intellectual development.  Involvement with music making from an early age appears to affect the organization of the central nervous system, making it a precious tool for early childhood educators."

             --  Frances Rauscher, Ph.D

Music Keeps Your Brain in Tune

Music stimulates the young brain and boosts the number of neural connections important for brain development.

During musical performance, children learn teamwork and how to "think on their feet."

Even before birth, the fetus' brain responds to sounds from outside the womb by building neurons.

Music training at an early age helps build skills necessary for abstract reasoning, such as playing chess.

Tests show that children with music instruction show greater flexibility in math and reading.