Today I want to give some pointers on how to read my book Good Music Brighter Children. Over the past two months, people have asked me various questions so hopefully, these ideas will help you to get the greatest benefit from the book.
I’m a practical person and I’ve written a practical book. It has entertainment-value, knowledge-enhancing value, and family-building value. Just for the record: it is a NOT a self-help book or a music book that is going to teach you how to play a musical instrument.
So, let’s discuss what you can expect when you read, Good Music Brighter Children...
Question: In a nutshell, what is this book about?
Good Music Brighter Children is a book that will teach anyone how to build a bigger, better brain using music. If you are a parent, it will give you the A-B-C’s on how to introduce music to your kids and how music will impact your life and your child’s life in countless ways.
This book includes stories, studies, easy ideas, and numerous suggestions on how to introduce you and your child to music as well as the reasons why you want music a part of your family. It is a book right from my heart because I’ve lived and experienced every chapter over the past 30 years in some way or another.
Question: Who is your target audience?
Answer: I wrote it mainly with parents and educators in mind. Why? Because I’m a parent and an educator and I wanted to help both groups of people—which in my opinion is actually one group of people because parents ARE educators! However, the book is also written for anyone wanting to build a bigger, better brain.
Question: This is a big book—it’s a little overwhelming…
Answer: Do not be intimidated by the size of the book—464 pages. It is really not that long. If you take away the 50-page “Resource Section,” the “Note” section and the Index—you have dropped the book by more than 100 pages—plus there are a lot of blank pages that the publisher “counts” as a page where there is no text.
Question: Why do you talk about so many studies?
Answer: Studies need to be included because I’m establishing a foundation that what I’m saying about music just isn’t off the top of my head, or based on a story my neighbor told me, or something I read on the Internet. It is necessary to base my assertions on definitive research. Why would you believe something if it is merely based on a charming little story? Hence studies are included (along with many captivating anecdotal stories) and footnoted in the back of the book. Btw: If you don’t like studies, then don’t read the first two chapters.
Question: What is the best way to read this book—front to back? Or can I skip around?
Answer: You do NOT have to read the book in any order nor do you have to read the entire book to understand the message of the book. Nearly every chapter stands on its own. You can skip around depending on your interests. Here is a breakdown of some of the chapters and possible interests:
#1: Music Research: If you are interested in music studies or you are writing a research paper on the brain-benefits of music, read Chapters 1 and 2.
#2: Music & Kids: If you are looking for ideas on how to introduce music in your home and to your children then read “Part Two: Music in the Home.” It contains hundreds of ideas on how to accomplish this with ease.
#3: A Music Educator or Parent wanting music in the schools: If you are an educator or an advocate of music in the schools, you will need ammunition to help you in this process. I’ve included dozens of science-based studies and reasons why we need music in the schools. Read Part Three: “A Need for Advocacy: Music Education in the Schools.”
#4: A Parent with a learning disabled child: If you have a learning disabled child, an autistic child, a child with any physical disabilities, read chapter 8
#5: A Parent wanting to support the arts community: If you want to support the music and arts community by taking your child to different concerts, musicals, ballets, etc., read chapter 10.
#6: Becoming More Creative: One of my favorite chapters is chapter 9—it is all about creativity. I have a special interest in creativity so this chapter will help you to understand how music develops and enhances creativity and the different things you can do to help your child and yourself be more creative.
#7: Starting an Orchestra: If you want to start an orchestra, read chapter 11. To my knowledge, there has never been a book written on the A-B-C’s of starting an orchestra. I started an orchestra and this chapter tells about my own personal experience and how you can start an orchestra in your school or community.
#8: Building A Parent/Child Relationship: Music is important, but building a relationship with your child is MOST important. As far as I am concerned, chapter 12 is the most important chapter of the book—and many people who have read the book agree. In fact, you can even read this chapter first.
#9: Resource Section: this section is invaluable! It is 50-pages chock full of musical information–composers and their “best” music for kids; music CDs and books, music to play while your kids are studying; unique music programs, music materials and music organizations, ideas to reinforce your child’s school experience with music and much, much more!
One last thing…
When I began re-writing this book, I was well aware that people’s attention spans were going down the tubes and most people today have the attention span of a gnat (thank you technology!). Many people’s motto is: “If you can’t read it in 5 minutes, toss it.”
I had also read that despite 250,000 books published each year, people are reading less because they get their information from sound bytes on the Internet (sad).
However, I still believe in parents. I still believe that most parents really want what is best for their children and will go to any length to see that their children have what it takes to succeed. If your goal is to help your child succeed in life and beyond, then you need to read this book. It will be one of the best decisions you make.
The easiest way to purchase the book is to order it online at Amazon. Barnes & Noble and all other major and minor bookstores carry it—but it may need to be ordered. It costs about $19—it’s cheaper than taking your family to lunch and definitely cheaper than the parking at Disneyland and has far greater and lasting benefits.
If you have any questions, email me: email@example.com