On Saturday, we had a wonderful our first Open House and Information Session for the 2017-18 school year of Puyallup Preschool of the Performing Arts. It was wonderful to meet so many new folks and visit with those who are returning. While the goal at Puyallup Preschool of the Performing Arts is to always let our students grow and shine while making music, dancing to the music and acting and singing to the music, I wanted to take a moment to let folks know what goes on "behind" the fun of these activities!
The learning of music (playing an instrument) has a clear developmental path, that correlates to the child's age and development. In children (ages 2-5) that learn to play an instrument that utilizes their non-dominant hand, there is evidence of a larger cortical area in the sensory cortex (the areas of the brain responsible for concerned with receiving and interpreting sensory information from various parts of the body). Children that begin to play prior to age 5 showed the greatest changes, suggesting a model for critical periods of soma sensory development through music instruction.* (Schlaug, Jancke & Pratt, 1995b).
Most have heard about people being either left-brained (having strong math/logic skills) or right-brained (creative/aritistic). But does a person have to be one or the other? Not if music study is started early! By starting music study early (between the ages of 3 to 8), a child can benefit form enhanced inter hemispheric brain activity - the right and left sides of the brain working together. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have shown that the fibers in the corpus callous, which connect the two hemispheres of the brain, as as much as 15% larger in musicians that began music study before age 8, compared to non-musicians.*(Schlaug, Jancke, Huang, Staiger & Steinmetz, 1995) Isn't a bigger brain a good thing?
Well, that's just a few interesting benefits of starting music study young. Our next Open House/Information Session for Puyallup Preschool of the Performing Arts on on Sunday, February 26 from 2:00-6:00. Come on by and see the amazing benefits this type of education will have for your child! Till next time -
*Studies cited taken from "Arts with the Brain in Mind" by Eric Jensen.
I just wanted to invite everyone to the cabaret on March 10 & 11 at 8:00 pm that the theater is hosting in order to feature the original compositions of our Music Director, Zachary Kellogg! Zachary has written the music (and scripts) for our Bound for Broadway program of the last 4 years. Every show seems to out perform the last!!! Our current production (in rehearsal, see www.TicketLeap.com for tickets), The Wind in the Willows has absolutely adorable music accompanying an assortment of moles, rats, weasels and, of course, Mr. Toad!!!
It is hard to believe that 2016 has come and gone! We have had such an exciting year at Puyallup Children's Theater & Music Academy. We are so lucky to get to work with so many wonderful children and their families - and watch them grow in their performance skills, their self-confidence and have such fun along the way.
We are so excited about the fabulous article that was written about Puyallup Children's Theater in the Puyallup Herald. It also talks about the new City of Puyallup Arts and Culture Commission! I'm so looking forward to the exciting possibilities for both the Theater and the Commission!! You can read the article here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/puyallup-herald/ph-news/article122245689.html
It's hard to believe that this is already the third weekend of performances in our wonderful new theater! Tonight, our Bound for Broadway Blue Cast makes their debut in the space, performing Zachary Kellogg's original music, "Jekyll & Frankenstein." Last weekend our 2 Next Step casts took to the stage with "The Velveteen Rabbit" and the weekend before that our Stewpot Theater (for students with special needs) did an amazing job with a musical version of Three Nanny Goats Gruff.