Please welcome another guest blogger for the Establish a House series. This time the topic is music and the impact it has on our children’s lives. There is a giveaway at the end!
Hello, I’m Sharlene Habermeyer. Thanks for letting me guest post today!
I am a mother of five boys and the author of Good Music Brighter Children. Today I want to share with you something about me; why I wrote my book and how music can impact how children learn and process information through music.
I was born with music in my heart. Growing up, whenever I heard music—either in nature or on the stereo—I always stopped to listen. To this day, birds are my favorite creation—why? Because they sing. My favorite piece of music is Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D. It has enveloped my being—totally and completely. Thank you Mr. Beethoven!
I started taking piano lessons at age five. My teacher, Mrs. Robinson was not impressed with my musical ability. In fact, she encouraged my parents to find something else for me to do, because she was convinced I would never amount to much musically. They ignored her and found another teacher for me. I continued taking lessons through college and after I was married, I took from Dorothea Alpert—one of the most influential and amazing people in my life. Today she is 102 years old and continues to inspire her students musically. She is a wonder!
My husband and I played music for our sons when they were in utero. It was not a planned thing—my husband and I listened to classical music each day and so our sons in utero listened to it. When our sons were born we started a tradition of playing music and reading to them everyday. As a result, our sons were early talkers and early readers.
However, our third son, Brandon had a very traumatic birth (too high in the birth canal and dragged out by forceps). The result was pre-frontal cortex damage leaving him with severe learning disabilities (among other things). As I studied different ways to help Brandon learn, I discovered that he, like so many children, loved and responded to music. So, I used musical games, rhymes, and songs to help him learn his school lessons. I also played classical music for him, and I taught him the piano. I was convinced that parts of his brain, rather than malfunctioning, were in need of the kind of exercise that one gets from studying a musical instrument. It was true—music became the catalyst for him to process information.
Seeing how music helped Brandon to learn, I began to seriously research the educational and brain benefits of music. It was a twenty + year journey. Back then I searched for a comprehensive “how-to” book geared to parents on the far-reaching benefits of music and finding nothing under one roof, I decided to write this book. Kirkus, the largest independent book reviewer in the nation described it as: “A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring, on the benefits of music.”
Where is Brandon today? Despite the dismal reports from doctors and psychologists when he was five, Brandon graduated with straight A’s in his double major (film and philosophy) from BYU. Music was key to his ability to learn and process information.
So, that is me in a nutshell. Now, I want to hear about you—do you love music? Do you use music as a teaching-tool for your children? Do you or your children play a musical instrument? What has been YOUR musical journey?
Last, being a teacher, myself, I admire mothers who homeschool. I’ve lectured to homeschool groups and respect the dedication and tenacity of mothers wanting the best education for their children and taking upon themselves that responsibility. My blog is geared to parents who are vitally interested in being their child’s primary teacher. I also give ideas how to use both music and children’s literature to incorporate other subjects.
- Mondays I post about a children’s book that can incorporate music, science, literature, and language arts (see “Moses Goes to a Concert”)
- Wednesdays I post about various music CDs the introduce children to all kinds of music that is both entertaining and educational (see “The Alphabet Operetta”).
- Fridays I post general aspects of music in the community and beyond (see, “Why Music Lessons Build a Bigger, Better Brain”).
My book also has an extensive 35-page Resource Section that includes (among other things) twelve different subject areas and the books and music that can be used to teach subjects such as animals, nature, solar system, etc. Also included is a list of music to play when children are studying to increase absorption, retention and retrieval of information.
About Sharlene Habermeyer: Sharlene has a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Utah State University and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, California. She teaches college and in 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. It currently boasts over 100 musicians. She will be teaching at BYU Education Week August 18-22, 2014.
Please “like” me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoodMusicBrighterChildren
You can access my Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other blogs through www.goodmusicbrighterchildren.com
Sharlene is giving away one of her books today. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it, especially the section on Music in the Home. It’s full of great ideas to utilize music in your home for children of all ages.
- Leave a comment answering one or all of the questions Sharlene asked in her post: “Do you love music? Do you use music as a teaching-tool for your children? Do you or your children play a musical instrument? What has been YOUR musical journey”
- Like Good Music Brighter Children on Facebook and leave an additional comment letting me know you did.
- Follow Good Music Brighter Children on Pinterest. Leave a comment telling me you follow.
- Follow Sharlene on Twitter. Again, leave a comment stating you are a follower.
Giveaway ends on Friday, June 6th at 5pm PST. Please make sure you leave an e-mail in one of your comments so I can contact you if you are the winner. Thanks!