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“Because making music also involves crafting and understanding emotional content and message-musicians often have higher levels of executive functioning.” (Anita Collins)

Have you ever wondered what music actually does to your brain? Did you know that music affects multiple parts of your brain like “fireworks” when listening to it but it does even more when you are playing an instrument.


Here at INSPIRE Entertainment we want to provide a place where children of all ages can come play, move, sing, explore their creative minds, and move their wiggly bodies. Literature is full of studies that tell us that children are healthier and happier if they are moving and using music in their lives. From her blog post, “The Power of Music in the Learning Process,” Roann Keen said,

Music and movement is a powerful tool, encouraging the young child to learn in fun and exciting ways.  As teachers and caregivers, we can help children to “see” into an imaginary world and create fun without the use of fancy and expensive props, toys or visuals.  Through music and movement activities, we can help children to explore the world of nature, especially when we take them outside.  Encouraging children to move, dance and sing while they are playing promotes a healthy lifestyle and often teaches them how to play.

It’s not so much about having your children in a specific type of music and movement program but more importantly that children thrive from music and movement. It helps them to become more social, stay healthy – this is becoming increasingly important as children are more and more sedimentary and are becoming more and more obese, and helps them to boost their creative juices. Connie Bergstein Dow wrote in “The Power of Creative Dance”,

Evidence is mounting about the benefits of movement in the learning process. Creative dance is the perfect vehicle for enhancing the mind-body connection in young children and an important part of early education…The creative arts, by definition, nurture these aspects of developing children. Movement allows young children to approach tasks through the body, or kinesthetically, and come up with new questions, new answers, and innovative solutions.

Come check out our music and movement classes and learn more about how this type of activity can play an essential role in the life of your children!

Mommy & Me Music & Movement  (Ages 1-3)

Musical Minis (Ages 3-4)

Fun with Music (Ages 5-7)

Treblemakers (Ages 8-10)

Rockin’ Singers (11-13)

Voices in Harmony (14-18)

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“Music has been known to alleviate stress by increasing the body’s release of endorphins—the feel good chemicals. New research also reveals that music produces powerful effects on the brain, promoting cognitive development, verbal skills and emotional intelligence.”  (Mary Desaulniers)


I think most people recognize that music is powerful, that it is important to have in our children’s schools, that it teaches discipline, and allows children to express emotions they can’t in other avenues of their lives. But, did you know that music can actually reduce anxiety and help children focus?

On January 5, 2015 I read an article in The Strad called, “Study Finds Musical Training May Focus Attention and Reduce Anxiety in Children” where Psychiatrists at the University of Vermont college of Medicine monitored 232 children between the ages of 6-18 to see how music affects their brains. What they found was remarkable. “Music practice influenced cortical thickness related to ‘executive functioning, including working memory, attention control, as well as organisation and planning for the future’. In children with musical backgrounds the brain was affected ‘in areas that play a critical role in inhibitory control, as well as aspects of emotion processing’.”

“Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.” (Leonard Bernstein)

In other words, children that get involved with music, especially those that are asked to practice music, are helping their brains to develop in a way that lead to less anxiety, better thinking, emotional communication, and so much more. This study says that music is more than just fun–it is way for parents to help their children do better in school, with their peers, and in life! Dr. James Hudziak, professor of psychiatry and director of the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families, who led this study noted,

Three quarters of US high school students ‘rarely or never’ take extracurricular lessons in music or the arts. ‘Such statistics, when taken in the context of our present neuroimaging results underscore the vital importance of finding new and innovative ways to make music training more widely available to youths, beginning in childhood.’

INSPIRE Entertainment offers an opportunity for kids, beginning at an early age, to learn music and movement in creative and innovate ways, thus also helping them to develop patterns in their brains that will later help them focus in school and have less anxiety!


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