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Music and Mental Health

“Music can heal the wounds that medicine cannot touch.” (Debasish Mridha) I had been so excited to write about Burke’s amazing PlayEnsemble line this month. I teach K-5 general music and couldn’t wait to plan engaging lessons for my students using the outdoor instruments this spring; lessons I could share with other music educators and park and rec departments. We were going to jam, play our favorite songs, play along with recorders and ukuleles, spread joy; but then COVID-19 had ...

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PlayEnsemble® and Music Education

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." ~Plato Music is an essential part of being human. Music and art define generations, cultures, religions and is a part of our everyday lives. It can unite the world in a way that words alone cannot. We do not need to speak the same language or come from the same background to understand and appreciate music; it speaks to us as ...

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN...ON MUSIC!

You may have heard that music can make you smarter, more focused and relaxed.  We’ve seen research about the “Mozart Effect” with infants, heard about band and choir students scoring higher on tests, and even music as a tool to delay dementia in the elderly- but how does this all work?  Let’s explore the effects of music on the brain and see how music can move us cognitively and improve everything from language to literacy! When you were just a ...