Music is an inherent part of childhood — from nursery rhymes to Mozart. It is a sonic medicine for the senses. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is used to address physical, emotional, cognitive and the social needs of children of all ages. Is your child getting his or her daily dose of music?
I studied musical theater and dance at New York University and performed internationally before founding Honey Child Music in Red Bank 17 years ago. As a children's singer/songwriter, I wanted to use music as an educational tool to promote mental and physical wellness for infants to teens.
Today, Honey Child Music is based out of the Middletown Arts Center on 36 Church Street where I offer an exciting variety of movement and art classes, summer camps and concerts.
The Honey Child music program operates on the premise that children exposed to and guided in music demonstrate greater concentration and learning capabilities, as well as advanced verbal, mathematical and coordination skills. Music programs also contribute significantly to a child's cognitive development by instilling a willingness to listen attentively.
Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, many schools generally limit the arts and music to an average of 45 minutes of instruction per week. This time includes setup and cleanup, leaving sometimes only 20 minutes for children and teachers to explore music. It's essential that we find ways to fill those educational gaps.
You can start by bringing your child by the Middletown Arts Center for a visit soon, and let's begin his or her musical journey!
Join me for my next concert the "Lovey Palooza Anniversary Episode" on Friday, February 15th, 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person. Kids under one year old are free. This episode will air on Comcast 21 and Fios 26. Dates and times to be announced. Call 732-706-4100 for more information.