Why Music Education is Important

Parents nowadays are more responsive and open to the idea of enrolling their children in music lessons. They could see the benefits and advantages of having their kids know some musical instruments.

Children singing in a choirIt does not mean that when you enroll your child to a music or voice lesson, you are already expecting that he or she would make it big in the music industry in the future. More than having an additional skill, enrolling in a music lesson can do so much more for your children.

Here are some noteworthy benefits of music education among children:

1. Language development

One of the early exposures of children to languages is through music and nursery rhymes. They love to sing and dance to their favorite nursery rhymes. And through joining in the singing, they can know, speak, and pronounce new words. That is why music is highly encouraged in the classroom, especially during the early childhood stages. Matter of fact, some children even got to know their alphabet through music.

2. Boost in IQ

A study was conducted among children age six years old who were enrolled in voice and piano lessons. The result showed an increase in the IQ levels of these children as compared to the other children who were enrolled in different classes such as drama and arts. Thus, some parents believe that it enrolling their children to music lesson can help make their children smarter and more intelligent, especially if the voice teacher is professionally trained to motivate them.

3. The brain works harder

According to research, the musician’s brain works differently than the other people who are not into music. When someone is learning musical skills, it involves not only one but multiple skills set. There needs to be mind and body coordination. When a child studies music at an early age, it helps stimulate his or her brain functions. Moreover, there will be improvement and development in the sound discrimination of a person enrolled in music lesson as well as delicate motor tasks.

4. Improved mathematics problem-solving skills

Kids learn math faster when exposed to music lessonsThrough undergoing music lesson, a person can have an improvement in terms of solving mathematical problems. A musically-inclined person tends to be useful in mathematics, too as well as other subjects that involve numbers and computations such as engineering, architecture and even information technology.

The items above are just some of the positive effects of music on a person. There is no claim that music can make you smarter in an instant, but it does help improve some skills in you.



Feeling Safe in Achieving Your American Dream

On the journey to a better urban environment, one inevitably has to stop to consider building types because the issue is not whether or not we live together, but rather how close we live to one another. Most people, given a choice, would not live out in the wilderness in complete isolation. At the same time, people have concerns about their public and private sides to life and enjoy an array of possibilities in between. The American Dream in many ways may have been an over-reaction to the dense squalid urban conditions of nineteenth-century industrial cities. Hence, building type and quality have much to do with people’s perception of the environment around them whether they feel comfortable and safe or hemmed in and insecure.

Although in a sense we live in all the buildings we occupy for any length of time; buildings can be classified into two types: residential, and non-residential. Residential buildings are usually the ones we tend to spend the most time in and identify with personally (at least address-wise), so perhaps we need to consider what most people want or expect of home. Residential buildings come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from single family homes to multiple dwelling high-rise buildings. Since what we want and what we get is often different, let us focus on the ideal.

First, people look for privacy. A man’s home is his castle in the sense that once he has closed the door behind him, he is in a different world his own. Some architects have built entire design philosophies around the concept of the front vs. the back of a home and what it all means. In fact, the back is everything beyond the front wall of a home. This is what separates the public and more formal side of people from the more relaxed and real’ side of individuals. Fundamentally, home is a place to escape, to look after the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of people before once again becoming players on the larger stages of life. It naturally assumes a separation that is both visually and acoustically isolated and insulated from the world. Physically, people need to sleep, eat, take care of biological functions, bathe or shower, dress and undress, and simply relax. To get technical, there is a general expectation that this occurs in the comfort of an environment having a relatively constant ambient air temperature of 70 degrees, with continuous air flow for healthy respiration and the expulsion of various domestic odors and toxins.


HSC Book to Highlight Social Policy Issues in Miami

The Human Services Coalition (HSC) has teamed up with award-winning journalist Daniel Shoer Roth to produce Punto de Partida – Stories of Truth and Hope, a passionate and poetic collection of columns that illuminate South Florida’s social challenges through the eyes of those who are often overlooked and underserved.

Punto de Partida will be released on Wednesday, Oct. 24 and sell for $17.95. The project supports HSC’s  involvement in ongoing community change initiatives, and expanded state and national attention to social policy issues in Miami.

HSC, the publisher of the book, paired Shoer Roth’s columns with insightful essays from local leaders such as Miami Dade College President Eduardo Padron, civic activist and radio show host Queen Brown and housing advocate Max Rameau.

“Punto de Partida is a powerful vehicle of personal stories, challenges and solutions that we we hope will engage local readers and fuel civic activism,” said Daniella Levine, president and CEO, for HSC.

Author events, student forums and book signings are planned for October and November. Please stay tuned for more details.