Music Together Kenilworth Blog

  • A quote from "Why music matters" by Karl Paulnack:

    "...music is not part of "arts and entertainment" as the newspaper section would have us believe. It's not a luxury, a lavish thing that we fund from leftovers of our budgets, not a plaything or an amusement or a pass time. Music is a basic need of human survival. Music is one of the ways we make sense of our lives, one of the ways in which we express feelings when we have no words, a way for us to understand things with our hearts when we can't with our minds...

    To read the entire speech, click here

  • A tv interview with Susan Darrow about Music Together

  • Links to Non-Music-Together songs

    to be posted here

  • A few books that I recently read about music, child development and what's going on in our brains. You are welcome to borrow any of them:

    Author(s) Title Description
    Ellen Galinsky Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs "Mind in the Making summarizes the best of what we know about how children develop the capacity for thinking, learning, developing good judgement, and succeeding in life. Unlike most parenting books, Mind in the Making backs up each one of its assertions with research on child development, neurology, and parenting."
    Wilma Machover and Marienne Uszler Sound Choices: Guiding Your Child's Musical Experiences Great book! Has lots of great practical advice on musical development, selecting an instrument, choosing a music teacher and programme ...
    Stephanie Stein Crease Music Lessons: Guide Your Child to Play a Musical Instrument (and Enjoy It!) a little boring to read, gives good practical advice on musical development, selecting an instrument, choosing a music teacher and programme ...
    William Westney The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self Great book on how to practice an instrument. "Practicing, in the author's view is a lively, honest, adventurous, and spiritually rewarding enterprise, and it can (and should) meet with daily success, which empowers us to grow even more."
    John Holt Never Too Late Holt starts cello lessons at 40 with practically no prior formal music education. An Amazon reader writes "This book changed my life. It gave me the courage and inspiration to overcome a horrible childhood experience with piano lessons, and relearn to play as an adult. Playing the piano has become one of the great joys of my life, and John Holt gave me the kick to allow that to happen."
    Eric Bluestine The Ways Children Learn Music A music teacher explains basics of Edwin Gordon's Music Learning Theory which has many overlaps with the Music Together philosophy. You can read about many of the hows and whys of what we do in our Music Together classes. Great book but perhaps slightly technical for the absolute musical layman
    Jessica Baron Turner Your Musical Child a little boring to read - in my opinion - but has lots of great practical advice on musical development, selecting an instrument, choosing a music teacher and programme ...
    Daniel J. Levitin This is Your Brain on Music Great book! Not for the expert but for the layman: explores why music affects us the way it does with many examples in down-to-earth terms. Not really about children's musical development - though this is discussed, too - but about music, in general, from a musician's and neuroscientist's point of view.
    Alison Gopnik, Patricia K Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff How Babies Think How research finds out about what is going on in babies brains. Not really about music, but interesting to read
    Oliver Sacks Musicophilia About how music affects our brain by telling lots of clinical stories
    John Holt How Children Fail
    How Children Learn
    Two great books! Both are somewhat of a diary of a primary school teacher describing and reflecting on his interactions with individual children. Many great examples to learn from. Not really about music but about child development and education
    Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman Nurtureshock: Why Everything We Thought About Children is Wrong
    Steven Mithen The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body Some people think music is useless "auditory cheesecake" - as Steven Pinker puts it - an accidental off-spring of language development. The book argues the opposite: that music predates language and made language development possible. I tend to agree with the conclusions of the book but find the arguments narrow-minded.

  • A tv interview with Susan Darrow about Music Together