Kari Richmond - founder and director of Asheville Area Music Together.
I'm happy to talk about kids and music any time! Come watch a class!
More about Obwisana, the children's song/game from Ghana:
Play and Music Together
Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits
Slideshow of how music affects the brain:
Edwin Gordon's theory of audition, music learning process for children:
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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (2nd ed) - Oliver Sacks
The Ways Children Learn Music (2nd ed) - Eric Bluestine
one elementary school music teacher's clear explanation of Edwin Gordon's music-learning theory and the curriculum he has developed based on Gordon theory
The Singing Neanderthals: The Origins of Music, Language, Mind, and Body - Steven Mithen
"The propensity to make music is the most mysterious, wonderful, and neglected feature of humankind: this is where Steven Mithen began, drawing together strands from archaeology, anthropology, psychology, neuroscience--and, of course, musicology--to explain why we are so compelled to make and hear music. But music could not be explained without addressing language, and could not be accounted for without understanding the evolution of the human body and mind…"
This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession - Daniel J. Levitin
What can music teach us about the brain? What can the brain teach us about music? And what can both teach us about ourselves? In this groundbreaking union of art and science, rocker-turned-neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin (The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind) explores the connection between music - its performance, its composition, how we listen to it, why we enjoy it - and the human brain.