I went to Sedomocha’s winter concert put on by the second through fourth graders, on December 16 at 6:00 pm. Mrs. Young, the music teacher at Sedomocha, hasn’t just being giving the kids music to sing. She has learning three learning targets, the children have to be able to sing with an appropriate tone, they have to be able to clap out the beat correctly, and the students have to be able to show artistic meaning in the songs.

Every animal has a brain but the human brain is unique. With adults many parts of the brain work together to help make choices and act depending on the situation. A teenager’s brain doesn’t work this way. There is still neurotransmitters that don’t connect quite right. The prefrontal cortex, the section that weighs outcomes, forms judgements, and controls impulses and emotions, is still immature. So is your fine motor memory, letting you learn an instrument a little quicker then a Thirty year old.

Fine motor skills are very important when it comes to playing an instrument, often times muscle memory is relied on when playing an instrument because your brain is also trying to hear the other people playing and decipher the notes. Even hearing a familiar piece of music you played when you were younger triggers your muscle memory and you picture yourself playing. From birth to age nine the mental structures and mechanisms associated with processing and understanding music are in the prime stages of development.

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