Music’s Impact on Learning by Thad Franklin, Music Director
In the past few years, neuroscience has given us groundbreaking information about how we process the world around us. By studying our brains in real time neuroscientists have made significant discoveries such as proving physical activity improves cognitive flexibility, motivation is tied to the strength of brain connectivity, and that male and female brains are more alike than we previously thought. I would like to share a few of my favorite facts that neuroscience has revealed about musicians.
- Musicians respond to visual cues in their environment around 300-800 milliseconds faster than those without music training.
- Children with as little as 1-5 years of music training remember 20% more vocabulary words read to them from a list. The implications of this are staggering considering that highly developed verbal memory skills allow students to process and remember more information during speeches and lectures.
- Practicing and performing music engages both hemispheres of the brain equally. Music strengthens the Corpus Callosum which is the neural bridge that shares information between hemispheres. Musicians with only 7 years of training have a significantly larger Corpus Callosum than the general population. Ultimately this means trained musicians are more likely to be excellent problem solvers who can simultaneously use logical, creative, and emotional methods and concepts to engage the world around them.
- The benefits our brains receive from learning a musical instrument have not been found in any other activity. Neuroscientists have studied the brains of people doing complicated mathematics, reading, playing sports, and countless other activities. While all of these are wonderful in their own way, nothing so far has come close to the benefits of studying music.
Here is a short TED video that expounds on this information: https://youtu.be/R0JKCYZ8hng
I am blessed to lead our music programs at Hope and appreciate the support from the administration and parents.
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Nov. 1 – 4: Classroom Collection of Halloween Candy
Tues. 11/1: 6:30 PM Kindergarten Information Night
Wed. 11/2: 8:00 AM Donuts with Dad / 8:40 AM Chapel led by Pastor Peter – Reformation
Fri. 11/4: Free Dress Day / Set Up Book Fair
Sat. 11/5: 4:30 PM Fall Frolic at West Seattle Christian Gym
Wed. 11/9 & Thurs. 11/10: No School – Parent Teacher Conferences / ESC “XTRA” Open with Pre-Registration
Fri. 11/11: No School & No ESC – Veterans Day
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Donuts with Dad! – TOMORROW
Calling all Dads or special guests! Start your day with delicious donuts and put a smile on your child’s face. PTH will serve FREE donuts, coffee, juice, and milk in the Commons. We will gather in the church commons at 8:00 a.m. Students must be in class by 8:30 a.m. However, you are welcome to mingle and then join the Hope students at chapel starting at 8:40 a.m.
PTH Hosted Fall Frolic – This Saturday
PTH invites Hope Lutheran Church and School families to their all school fall frolic celebration! Saturday, November 5, 4:30 to 7:30 PM at the West Seattle Christian Gym. Featuring activities for all ages: games, crafts, face painting, pizza & cider, contests, and more! Pre-purchased tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event at Will Call – download order form here. Admission tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the event; however they will only include two (2) activity tickets. Additional activity tickets will be available for sale during the event for $1 each.
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More Halloween Candy Than You Need?
Why not share your extra sweets with troops serving in our military? PTH will be collecting extra Halloween candy November 1-4. Bring your candy to your child’s classroom and a special prize will be awarded to the classroom that brings in the most donations (determined by average weight per student).
Book Fair Is Coming – November 7 – 10
Our school is conducting a Scholastic Book Fair to motivate students to read more.
Come and purchase books for kids, grandkids, yourself and/or donate a book to your classroom or any teacher by purchasing from the Teacher Wish list located at the book fair.
The fair will be open after school and during our parent/teacher conferences.
Dates and Hours: Nov. 7 & 8, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Wed. Nov. 9 between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm, and Thursday, Nov. 10 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.
Hope School Food Drive Starts Next Week – November 7 – 18
Hope School student council is sponsoring a food drive to benefit our community and our Hope Church food closet. Food will be collected from November 7 through 18. Please consider how you can be a blessing to those in need, and donate to our food drive.
Items needed for the food closet include the following: canned items such as fruit, veggies, canned meals- chili, stew, ravioli, soups, peanut butter, canned or pouch meats- tuna, chicken, beef, turkey, ham, snacks- granola bars, cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, juice, fruit snacks, fruit cups, applesauce cups, spaghetti sauce, pasta, pasta roni, rice a roni, top ramen, cup noodles.
Items with pull tops preferred. We cannot accept any opened/used/expired products.
ESC Notes & Closures – Week of November 7 – 11, 2016
November 9th & 10th – Wednesday & Thursday School will be closed for our Parent/Teacher Conferences, however our ESC and Sand Dollar Club programs will be open. ESC ‘XTRA” rates apply and pre-registration is required.
November 11th is Veterans Day and there is No School and our ESC & Sand Dollar Club programs are closed.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact any of our ESC/Sand Dollar Club staff.
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