LaRae Mills — Owner of A # Music Studios and Teacher Degree: Bachelor of Music Education with Vocal Emphasis and Master of Divinity Musical Abilities: Vocalist, Pianist, Amateur player of multiple instruments Family: Married to Jeff Mills, who own an international boutique internet and search engine marketing company. Their daughter, Izabella, is in 2nd Grade. She loves art and music and her dog Mickey. As a family, we love to travel to Hawaii, California, Florida and have cruised to several exotic islands and places aboard cruise ships. Kindermusik® Connection: Taught Kindermusik in South Dakota in 1995-1997 and joined KinderMelodies in the spring of 2006. “I love the quality and philosophy of Kindermusik. I am thrilled to be teaching such a wonderful curriculum.”
A Sharp Music Studios does offer weekly classes for young childhood music and development using the award-winning Kindermusik Curriculum. You can click on the classes link to get the full schedule, class descriptions, prices and locations.
Prior to a major spurt of neural integration in the brain during the elementary school years, learning occurs through movement and quick emotional associations. For example, by age two, the brain has begun to fuse with the body via marching, dancing and developing a sense of physical rhythm. The more music children are exposed to before they enter school, the more deeply this stage of neural coding will assist them throughout their lives. ~ According to Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect Skills learned through music carry over into study skills, communications skills and cognitive skills useful to all parts of life. For example, research supports that music helps prepare the mind for specific disciplines of learning. One such study referenced in a 1997 article in Neurological Research indicated that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills, the skills necessary for learning math and science. Even our elected officials have realized the importance of music for our children. Recent federal law, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, states, “Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence traits that carry over into mathematics, science, foreign languages, civics and government, economics, arts, history and geography.”
A # Music Studios | 8811 92nd St. S. - Suite 111 • Cottage Grove | 651-235-SING