From The Neurology of Music
by Neuroscience Educator Dee Coulter, Ed.D
"There is something fundamentally nourishing about what Musikgarten brings to children. Music can bring so much joy to a child's life, that it is a wonderful gift in its own right. But that's not all! Music also has the most "fringe benefits" of all the art forms and activities you could give to your child. Music is often thought of as humanity's universal language.
The authors of Musikgarten could have chosen any repertoire, but they didn't. They chose classic folk music. These traditional songs have been refined over time and have created a memory in the culture that we can draw on. As children learn songs and dances from around the world, they learn how to connect with different cultures and become world citizens.
The musical experiences in Musikgarten are especially nourishing to the body because the children are introduced to the idea of moving with grace. The scientific findings about the healing powers of music are increasing rapidly. It is now being used to relieve pain, reduce migraines, lower blood pressure and stress levels in adults, and shorten the hospital stay of premature newborns and surgical patients.
Music also gives children a critical tool for surviving adolescence. The more they can understand and express their feelings, the less likely they are to become alienated. Music gives them an emotional vocabulary. As one adolescent said, "Music is like poetry without words; it expresses so many feelings". I am not a musician. My background is neurology, and I have fallen in love with the mind. One of the things I appreciate most about Musikgarten is that it invites children to awaken their minds. In its own way, Musikgarten is nourishing as it establishes the groundwork for a rich mind later. So, by offering your families Musikgarten, you are giving them a lifelong gift!"