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The newest episode of Parenting Bytes is up, and I’m really excited about this one! We have a great guest who is smart and talented and funny and has a charming British accent!
There’s a strong link between playing instruments and intelligence, so I was one of those first-time-pregnant moms who bought a special speaker that strapped around my growing waist and piped music in to my fetus. But it turns out that that might not have been doing anything. Passive participation in music–just listening to it–doesn’t have a measurable impact on the brain, according to this week’s guest Philip Sheppard. You need to actually do something to get the benefit.
Philip is a world-class cellist and composer, and now he can add “game designer” to his resume. He’s developed a card game, Compose Yourself, that turns kids into composers, and it’s pretty amazing. It’s available on Amazon for only $15!It’s available on Amazon for only $15! My daughter and a friend opened it up on their own tonight and got right to playing. After composing their piece, they were able to hear it online, and even print out the sheet music!
The best part is, once you buy the card game, you don’t pay anything extra to listen to the compositions or print them out. It’s all included. $15 is it.
Listen in to hear Philip talk about the benefits of music participation, how he developed his game, and more.
Plus, my cohosts and I talk about parents who schedule every moment of their kids’ summers, as opposed to letting them have free time and figure things out. (You can guess where I stand on this.)
If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them for me and they might make it on to a future episode!
Thanks for joining us for Parenting Bytes! This week we’ve got hosts Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Nancy Friedman in the studio with cellist, composer, and now game inventor Philip Sheppard. He’s talking to us about an amazing new card game that he’s developed called Compose Yourself, which teaches kids how to compose music! Plus, we discuss scheduled vs. non-scheduled summers for kids, and as always our Bytes of the Week!
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