TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sharlene Habermeyer has seen up-close the power music has on a child’s development and shares those stories and research findings in the new edition of her book Good Music, Brighter Children.
Throughout the book, Habermeyer gives readers simple and practical ways of using music to enhance the development of a child’s mind from utero and beyond. The book explains how classical music develops reading and reading comprehension skills, enhances memory and language skills, increases higher-level math and science ability, helps young people perform better on standardized tests, makes learning easier for children with disabilities, builds confidence and more. She also shares the story of how one of her sons had severe learning disabilities and with exposure to music went on to be successful in higher education and throughout life.
The first edition of Habermeyer’s book was published 15 years ago and sold 8,000 copies in the first six weeks and was published into five languages. This revised re-print not only includes information from 87 new interviews, but is presented in a brand new design, filled with bullet points, pull quotes and other formatting to make the book ideal for people who can’t get into a thick text.
“There have been articles published about the death of reading. It seems that people are not reading as many books anymore due to the overuse of technology. That overuse has caused changes and rewiring in the brain,” Habermeyer said. “And, as a result, it is becoming more difficult for people to focus on much information beyond a sound byte, or to understand, remember or act on what they read.”
Good Music, Brighter Children has earned praise from numerous publications, experts and parents.
Kirkus Reviews writes, “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.”
A college instructor, popular speaker and consultant, Habermeyer has spent over 25 years researching the effects of music in the brain development of young children and how music can be the catalyst for learning.