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Good Music Brighter ChildrenGood Music Brighter Children

Good Music Brighter Children is written for parents, educators or anyone who wants to build a bigger, better brain using music. Scientific studies indicate that children introduced to classical music at a young age read earlier and perform better on achievement tests. Adults can also revive tired brain cells using music. This book gives you a step-by-step program that any parent or individual can follow. You’ll discover how introducing your children to good music can accelerate language development, improve math and science skills, enhance physical coordination, strengthen memory and reading retention, and benefit children with learning disabilities. Discover how to choose an instrument and music teacher for your child; how to get your kids to practice and how character traits such as confidence, responsibility, creativity and teamwork are taught when learning a musical instrument. Learn how to introduce your child to the music community and how to appreciate all kinds of music. Last, if you want to advocate for music in your schools, this book gives the ammunition and data to do so. Also includes a 35-page Resource Section on the best music, books, and DVDs for kids.

SharleneAuthor Sharlene Habermeyer:

Sharlene Habermeyer, MA has spent over twenty-five years researching the effects of music in the brain development of children. She is passionate about how people of all ages learn and how music is a catalyst for learning. She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art from Utah State University and a Masters degree in Education from Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.

In 1999, she started the Palos Verdes Regional Orchestra (now the Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra). It currently boasts over one-hundred members.

Sharlene’s initial inspiration for Good Music Brighter Children came from the extensive work she did with her severely learning disabled son, and finding that music was his strongest catalyst for learning she began passionately researching the effects music had on the developing and mature brain.

A college instructor, a popular speaker, and a consultant, she is the mother of five boys and lives with her husband in Torrance, California. She has spoken at parent conferences around the United States including the Parents as Teachers Conference (PAT) and the Crucial Years Conference in Missouri. In August 2014, she will be speaking at BYU Education Week.

Praise for the Book

Largest Independent Book Reviewer in the U.S.: Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC

“With a scientist’s eye and an artist’s voice, Habermeyer examines everything from the benefits of music for the developing brain to music’s ability to improve cultural awareness. This is an encyclopedic, invaluable resource for anyone who believes in music education. A magnum opus, fact-filled and inspiring on the benefits of music.”

-Kirkus Indie, Kirkus Media, LLC

National Music Organization: Music and the Brain

“A great resource for both parents and teachers. Anyone interested in music or the overall well-being of children will not be able to put this book down.”

-Lisha Papert Lercari, Director, Music and the Brain

University Professor: Dr. James Catterall

Sharlene Habermeyer outlines why music is important to learning, and provides parents with excellent suggestions for launching and sustaining a musical influence in the lives of their children.”

-James S. Catterall, professor of education and co-director of Imagination Project at UCLA

Mother/Lawyer/Ballet Teacher: Shauna Bird Dunn

“Carefully researched and highly readable, Good Music, Brighter Children is written for musicians and non musicians alike. It is filled with wisdom, insight and helpful tips to bring music into the home for all ages and stages of childhood.”

-Shauna Bird Dunn, JD, MPA

Utah Young Mother of the Year, 2010

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Chapter One: Overture: The Power of Music (page 5)

“In February 1985, as many as three thousand beluga whales were trapped under ice in the Senyavina Strait of Siberia, a narrow body of water across the Bering Strait from Alaska. There were only a few breathing holes in the ice, and the whales had to take turns surfacing for air. Food was running out, the whales were becoming exhausted, and some were even dying. When all seemed hopeless, a Soviet icebreaker, the Moskva, came to the rescue. The ship broke through the ice, making an escape path for the whales, but they wouldn’t budge. Knowing that whales like music, they tried pop and jazz, but still the whales remained motionless. Finally, the crew tried classical music. It was then that the whales followed the music to the open sea and to freedom.”

Chapter Six: Noteworthy: Learning Values Through Music (pages 121-122)
Gaining Perseverance and Determination

We live in an age of instants: instant photocopies, instant food, instant photos, instant communications of all sorts, and more. Although many of these instants make our lives easier, they can also give our children a distorted view of life and how goals are achieved. Many children grow up expecting instant results in life, never learning to work for or wait for a reward. When things don’t come easily or immediately, they give up. For this reason, studying a musical instrument becomes a priceless lesson. As a child begins to learn to play the flute, for example, she soon realizes that this is not going to be done in an “instant.” It will take time, patience, perseverance, determination, and the ability to stick to the task, day after day, year after year, to play the flute with any degree of proficiency. Learning to read notes, to develop hand-eye coordination, to listen, and to count rhythms is a process involving perseverance. As she works through the difficulties and challenges of learning an instrument, she soon learns that determination and perseverance equal success. Likewise, the perseverance a child learns by practicing her instrument can be, as the experience of many demonstrate, transferred to other areas of her life. For instance, when subjects in school are difficult, she will continue to try her best until the assignment is completed, confident that eventually she will be successful. When life throws her a curve she will not give up, but will work harder with even greater diligence and perseverance until she reaches her goal.

Although most of the great composers suffered personal adversity, they persevered and went on to write beautiful sonatas, symphonies, and operas. Beethoven, despite his progressive deafness at an early age, wrote perhaps his greatest music after going completely deaf. Bach suffered blindness and diabetes, yet continued to compose music. George Frideric Handel suffered a debilitating stroke that put him in a rest home. The world felt that a great life had come to a close. With dogged persistence, he shuffled his way to the organ each night after everyone had gone to bed, forcing his fingers to slowly play each key on the organ. The nuns who heard him were amazed at his unfailing courage and determination. Eventually, he made a complete recovery and went on to write many great pieces of music.

Chapter Eight: Music’s Impact on Cognitive Delays and Physical Disabilities (pages 205-208)

For the past thirty years, I have had a particular interest in music’s impact on children with learning disabilities because of personal experience. In 1982 our third son, Brandon, was born. It was a traumatic birth. Born six weeks early, Brandon was too high in the birth canal, and as a result he was literally dragged out by forceps. He was an unhappy baby and cried all the time. He had constant ear infections that included a build-up of fluid in his ears, and despite being on daily doses of low-grade antibiotics, the infections persisted. Over time, this constant fluid buildup affected his hearing at a critical time in his development and caused him to experience sounds and language as if he was in a vacuum. I was reading to him daily, playing music for him, and taking him to “mommy and me” classes, yet his language and communication skills remained poor. After having him tested by a professional, we determined Brandon needed speech and language intervention. I naively thought once his language problem was fixed, everything would be fine. I was wrong—this was just the beginning.

When Brandon was six, his kindergarten teacher expressed concerned about his ability to learn. He was not able to do the classroom work and seemed frustrated and distant. We had him tested both at our public school and privately by a child psychologist. The results were grim. Brandon was diagnosed with auditory processing, visual motor, visual perception, sensory motor, and attention deficit disorder. The difference between his oral IQ and written IQ was thirty-eight points, indicating severe learning disabilities.

This team of experts told us that school would be very difficult for him. We were told that he may not graduate from high school, that college was out of the question, and that a trade school would be more appropriate. They said Brandon was “high risk,” meaning that as he got older, he could be a candidate for dropping out of school, experimenting with drugs, or worse. Why? Because kids need a measure of academic success. He needed to experience some kind of school success to increase his confidence level. But how do you help a child achieve academic success when he can’t read, write or spell? When he does not understand even the simplest of math concepts? When he has difficulty paying attention and following directions, and sports confuse and frustrate him?

It was a daunting challenge, and in the beginning I was overwhelmed. I did not know the first thing about learning disabilities, but I was determined to find out and to help him because I wanted Brandon to love learning—not just for success in school, but for a rich and meaningful life….

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2. I Am A Reader (Int)  37. Scribbler's Sojourn (INT)  
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9. Ellie @ Spiced Latte (INT)  44. Bibliophilia, Please (US)  
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13. BookHounds (US)  48. Book Readers (INT)  
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18. Savings in Seconds (US)  53. Laurie Here - Cont Fiction and MORE (INTL)  
19. Author Mary Ting  54. Author Zoe Forward  
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23. Jess @ Such a Novel Idea  58. Practical Frugality  
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PAHopkins said...

Nice choice of books for the end of the world. I don't think I could pick just one.

Marjo said...

Thanks PA. You're right. I would also make sure I had Mum's 'soon to be published'. The Poison Pen as well.

DoingDewey said...

I follow as DoingDewey and my e-mail is kxw116[at]

Marjo said...

Many thanks DoingDewey. Good luck!

Kristall said...

GFC: Paula

Gloria Alafe said...

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Leigh Ann @ The (Mis)Adventures of a College Book Addict said...


GFC: Leigh Ann

Jessica Noreault said...

GFC : Jessica Noreault

Teressa Oliver said...

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Megan Parsons said...

GFC: MeganP
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Vonnie Rivera said...

GFC: Vonnie Rivera
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Thanks so much!

Lisa Vazquezanzua said...

I should just start packing a bag full of my favorite books!! lol
Thank you for having this awesome and fun giveaway!!
GFC: Lisa Vazquezanzua
Twitter: livvie_v

K. April Holgate said...

Too many books to choose from, I'll just grab my kindle and save them all!
I forbid the world to end!! I have way too many books on my TBR list!!
Merry Book-mas to one and all!
GFC - K April Holgate

kimberly holgate said...

hitchhikers guide to the galaxy
gfc kimberly
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Krysykat said...

Do I really have to choose.
GFC- Krysta Banco


Rebecca Graf said...

I don't know if I could.

Dita Škarste said...

Thanks for participating in the Back to the future blog hop! The cause of your blog is just heart warming.

GFC follower: Dita Škarste


Jessica Noreault said...

Back to the future hop!
This book looks so good!
GFC: Jessica Noreault

Roxana Z. said...

Thank you for the Back to the future hop!

GFC: Roxana Zuziac

teddy said...

Back to the future hop!

Diana said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
GFC: Diana

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Sheila Hollinghead said...

Followed on Twitter--@SHollinghead

Lisa Vazquezanzua said...

Thank you for being a part of this fun and awesome blog hop!!

GFC Follower: Lisa Vazquezanzua

bashashhazbaz said...

i follow on gfc as mark asher

Sanna:) said...

Hey :)
I just find it so lovely that you want to publish the works of your mamie, such a sweet thing to honour her work :)
I would just love to read it.
My contact information:
GFC: San Na

Erika Messer said...

Thank you so much for being a part of the blog hop :) and I followed by GFC - Erika Messer

Jennifer Hughes said...

I am so thrilled to be a part of this book giveaway
extravaganza with so many great bloggers! Find me at

Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution

hhkaufman78 said...

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smiles said...

Followed under smiles :)
Thanks for the giveaway! Hope you guys get a ton of new readers :)

Natasha said...

I follow as GFC: Natasha D
Thanks for the chance to win!
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Leigha Varrielle said...

I follow with GFC with

You rock! Thanks so much!

Michelle Willms said...

I follow both via GFC and email. My email is michelle_willms(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

Katie Amanda said...

I follow GFC as Katie Amanda.



Krystal Larson said...

I follow as GFC as Krystal Larson and thank you very much! edysicecreamlover18 AT gmail DOT com

Guinevere & Libertad Tomas said...

Stellar giveaway!I put in sooo many entries!Hope I can win something XD I love giveaways!

If you have time, check mine out too!I'm giving away some amazing books as well as an amazon giftcard! Libertad & Guinevere @ Twinja Book Reviews

geschumann said...

GFC - Gloria
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Ryan Snyder said...

GFC ryan snyder
thank you for the giveaway and taking part in this awesome hop!

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bn100 said...

Haven't read any of them; they all sound interesting

Anne said...

GFC Anne38

Linda Romer said...

I follow GFC linda romer

Patricia said...

Follow via GFC

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Michelle Willms said...

I follow GFC and Twitter. Thanks for a great giveaway. I absolutely love a good mystery. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

Roach Kelley said...


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Gaby Il. said...

Did 1 and 2.

Lisa Mandina said...

Thanks so much for participating in the hop!

Judy said...