The Music Advantage

How learning music helps your child's brain and wellbeing

Dr Anita Collins
AUD $32.99

Groundbreaking music educator Dr Anita Collins draws on the latest international neurological research to reveal the extraordinary and often surprising benefits of learning music for children from newborns to teenagers.

Brain research has revealed something extraordinary: learning music and listening to music can grow and repair our brains at any age.

Simply clapping in time can assist a young child who is struggling with reading. Learning an instrument can help children of all ages dramatically improve their ability to focus on school work, enhance their memory and improve behaviour. Playing in an orchestra develops children's social skills. Learning music can give every child an advantage, whether they are not coping at school or are doing well already.

Dr Anita Collins has visited the labs of leading neuromusical researchers around the world and trialled their techniques herself. With real examples from home and school along with practical strategies,The Music Advantage shows how parents and teachers can support children's development with music from birth to the teenage years.

'Dr Collins' exuberance and infectious enthusiasm shine through as she persuasively argues for the importance of music in every child's education.' - Professor Alan Harvey, author of Music, Evolution and the Harmony of Souls

'Dr Anita Collins' insights highlight the irreplaceable role music plays in the full education of a child.' - Benjamin Northey, Principal Conductor in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Author bio:

Anita Collins PhD is an award-winning music teacher and researcher in brain development and music learning. She wrote one of the most-watched TED Education films ever made and appeared on the ABC TV series, Don't Stop the Music. Anita is music teacher and conductor at Canberra Grammar School, and Associate Fellow of Music, Mind and Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne.

Category: Music
ISBN: 9781760875886
Table Of Contents: Introduction

Part One: From birth to big school (0 to 5 years)
1 A window to the world: How your baby hears music in everything
2 The power of lullaby: Why your baby responds to music
3 The endless song: Why your toddler just won't stop singing
4 Beat baby: How your toddler connects beat to body
5 I see, I say: Getting your child ready to read with music
6 School ready: How music helps children prepare for big school

Part Two: The first few years of school (5 to 7 years)
7 The music of language: An overlapping network
8 Connecting the dots: Why keeping a beat is vital for reading
9 The social soup: How music helps your child learn control
10 Sound symbols: Why reading words is a process of reading music
11 Just pay attention: How music stretches each child's attention span
12 Comfortable with discomfort: How music teaches your child to love frustration
13 Spring-cleaning your brain: How music helps brain wiring

Part Three: Bridging the gap between childhood and adolescents (9 to 12-14 years)
14 Confidence is king: How music feeds confidence
15 Wrong more than right: How music teaches persistence
16 Born leader: How music brings out leadership in children
17 I do, I understand: How music supercharges your child's memory

Part Four: Almost an adult (12-14 years to adult)
18 Managing it all: How music helps children with balance
19 Seeking out the new: How music teaches children to crave new things
20 Calm thyself: Using music to enhance study and manage stress
21 Beyond school: How music learning is the gift that keeps on giving

Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: September 2020
Page Extent: 280
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Teaching of a specific subject

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