New research from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education shows a link between preschool music activities and the development of reading and writing skills in children.
Funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and published in the Bulletin for the Council of Research in Music Education, the two-year study examined the impact of “musically trained” early childhood teachers on the music and emergent reading and writing achievements of preschool children.
The results showed that music instruction significantly increased children’s oral vocabulary and grammatic understanding, after controlling for students’ age and prior knowledge, and was especially effective for children who began with lower literacy skills.
No matter how busy I am, I try to set aside about an hour on Sunday afternoons to prepare for the week ahead. Since today is Sunday and I’m in the process of doing my weekly planning, I felt inspired to share the tasks that keep me organized. (via Sunday Planning – design finch)
This inventive cardboard installation is made by the Swiss design group, Zimoun. This installation is quite intriguing, it’s a series of 2,000 cardboards attached to 200 DC motors, which makes music in the most unconventional way thought. Sound Sculptures is truly a piece to marvel at, the scathing audio that is lurking in everyday objects. The untapped potential in the world. The clean, elegant sound sculptures combine visual, sonic, and spatial elements in an organically balanced entirely artwork. Using simple and well- conceived mechanical systems, Zimouns‘s work transforms and activates the space. Be sure to check out more of Zimoun’s work after the jump.
Be sure to watch the video for more of interactive showcasing of the installation, over at Vimeo.