Fortissimo

Fortissimo Fortissimo is an early childhood music education program aiming to develop basic developmentally appropriate music and listening skills to children 0-4y.

Fortissimo is an early childhood music education program designed through the collaboration of experienced early childhood and music educators and professional musicians, inspired by the methods of Dalcroze, Kodály, and Orff, and informed by the latest research in the field. Fortissimo is oriented not simply around sing-alongs or play activities with music accompaniment. It fosters the natural musicality of children by teaching musical concepts and listening skills through carefully researched developmentally appropriate activities. Fortissimo provides children a fun and engaging learning experience invaluable for the creative, social, and cognitive development of their growing minds, while instilling in them a passion for music at a young age.

Mission: Fortissimo fosters the natural musicality of children by teaching musical concepts and listening skills through carefully researched developmentally appropriate activities.

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A new study shows how rhythm training positively affects literacy!
11/09/2018

A new study shows how rhythm training positively affects literacy!

What is the connection between rhythm and reading?👏📖

They use overlapping neural mechanisms and this brand new study with beginner readers (aged 5-7) found a whole swag of connections, concluding that "rhythm skills and literacy call on overlapping neural mechanisms, supporting the idea that rhythm training may boost literacy in part by engaging sensory‐motor systems"

https://nyaspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/nyas.13704

Happy Halloween!!!
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween!!!

10/23/2018
Scary Mommy Time Out

Children learn through imitation, and sometimes they really surprise us!

She was REALLY feeling it.

Mum, keep singing, your voice is beautiful and beneficial for me, and for you too! Here a great article about how mum’s ...
10/17/2018
The benefits of singing to babies

Mum, keep singing, your voice is beautiful and beneficial for me, and for you too! Here a great article about how mum’s singing is emotionally self-regulatory for babies and themselves.
https://www.radionz.co.nz/concert/programmes/upbeat/audio/201851330/the-benefits-of-singing-to-babies

Singing to babies strengthens the attachment between mother and infant and encourages children to self-regulate. It can also help mothers with postnatal depression and benefit babies with Down's Syndrome, says a music therapy professor.

“Exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and s...
10/17/2018
The Importance of Music in Early Childhood Development

“Exposure to music from early childhood onwards helps children to speak more clearly, develop a larger vocabulary, and strengthen social and emotional skills”.

Most preschoolers love listening or singing along to music. Studies show that parents who create a rich musical environment do not only entertain their kids but also help them to develop essential music skills. usic plays a very important part in our culture. When thinking about everyday life, music...

10/17/2018
CBeebies

Everybody got rhythm!

Not only is rhythm a dancer 😜 It's the way babies learn to speak! 👶🎵
Fascinating stuff from BBC Two! 💃🏻🕺🏻

10/16/2018

This morning we had a great start at #twobytwo! We look forward to see the kids next week to start exploring the piano!

We can't wait to start a new season at Buckle My Shoe on Tuesday 3:05pm!
10/14/2018

We can't wait to start a new season at Buckle My Shoe on Tuesday 3:05pm!

10/04/2018
Bigger Better Brains

What a cool song! “Music Makes My Brain Light Up”

Congrats to a member of the BBB community on producing this fantastic song inspired by the TED Ed video “ How playing music benefits your brain”
https://youtu.be/VwbGtb1WUN4

We can’t wait to start another exciting season at TwoByTwo Childcare Academy in about two weeks!
10/02/2018

We can’t wait to start another exciting season at TwoByTwo Childcare Academy in about two weeks!

Integrated Learning Strategies
09/07/2018
Integrated Learning Strategies

Integrated Learning Strategies

WHAT MUSIC DOES FOR SPEECH AND LANGUAGE

Why music therapy helps children who are non-verbal or have speech and language issues. #autism #speech

08/30/2018
Kids Meet

Children’s music world discoveries: Opera singers!

"Are you a princess?" 😂 Check out the #HiHoKids meet Angel Blue a professional opera singer on #KidsMeet! 🎭 What was your favorite moment from this episode?

08/17/2018
MAX&MAESTRO English trailer

How much live music can impact children’s lives? Check out Max&Maestro, a new beautiful Italian cartoon about music featuring world renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim! We’re fascinated!

https://youtu.be/OiY1Nv6yRRc

Official trailer of Max&Maestro, new animation project produced by Monello Productions (Tetra Media Studio Group).

08/15/2018
Lincoln Center

Just Announced: a wonderful array of events for our little ones at Lincoln Center starting from October!

We just announced the 2018–19 #LCKids season! Join us starting in October for theater, dance, and music from around the world. Babies, children, teens, and families are all welcome to experience this year’s lineup of intimate and interactive experiences. >> www.lincolncenter.org/kids

Expose your babies to music and they’ll get many benefits for their growth!
08/11/2018

Expose your babies to music and they’ll get many benefits for their growth!

Music and speech - two peas in a baby’s brain pod 🧠🎶👶🏼

In this study they found that 9 month old babies who had one month of exposure to directed music listening improved not only their auditory processing of music but also their language. So little time, so much benefit! 🧠🎶🗣

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11125-017-9397-6

08/03/2018
Bigger Better Brains
07/18/2018

Bigger Better Brains

As a parent, why is singing to your baby so important?

In this great book, The Lullaby Effect, Dr Anita Collins shares with you her personal experience as both an academic and a mother.

She clearly explains the complex science, and gives you some excellent ideas you can use, that will promote positive brain development for your baby.

Enjoy this read!! www.thelullabyeffect.com.au

The power of singing to help premature babies and their parents!
07/05/2018

The power of singing to help premature babies and their parents!

Singing - the [new] pain management for premature babies

This is not new, but research published this week helps us understand why it works. It is the combination of biological and psychological benefits to both bub and stressed parents. The article promotes the idea of singing as a prescribed form of pain management.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2059204318780841

Bigger Better Brains
06/21/2018

Bigger Better Brains

Imagine this treatment prescribed by your doctor - go learn cello! 🧠🎶🎻

This study taught non-musicians how to play cello in order to better understand how the auditory and motor cortices communicate and integrate information. They found it encourages brain plasticity that could be effective in rehabilitation.

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/06/05/1721414115

“Language is music!” A new research shows how much language is close to music.
06/15/2018
Bigger Better Brains

“Language is music!” A new research shows how much language is close to music.

We often say music is A language, but now we know language IS music!

This fantastic research looking into the speech-to-song illusion. This is when repeated words start to sound like music to us. More evidence that music and language are incredibly closely related. Enjoy! 🧠🎶

06/14/2018
La Gran Epoca

Kiddy blues, so sweet!

Sintiendo el blues con sólo 2 años

Crédito: storyful

Neurological science re-think common misconception about musical talent!
06/08/2018

Neurological science re-think common misconception about musical talent!

Our traditional ideas about musical talent are being challenged by neuromusical research. What do you think, is musical talent set or grown?

Fortissimo's cover photo
06/04/2018

Fortissimo's cover photo

10 minutes of music learning per week helps improving reading skills!
06/04/2018

10 minutes of music learning per week helps improving reading skills!

10 minutes of music learning a week for 10 weeks can improve reading skills for poor readers

This amazing study by the great Prof Susan Hallam testing a music intervention to assist poor readers. After a rhythmic intervention involving clapping, stamping, and chanting to music while following notation on a chart the poor readers showed significant improvements in their reading accuracy and comprehension.

Music is a complementary learning tool to improve reading skills 🧠🎶🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁🥁

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0305735618771491

05/31/2018
Bigger Better Brains

Bigger Better Brains

Enjoy this radio interview with Bigger Better Brains founder, Dr Anita Collins on the importance of Music Education. Here are some topics you might be interested in.

🧠How music learning impacts literacy and language (1:15)
🧠What type of music learning is most effective? (6:00)
🧠Music and Dyslexia (7:30)
🧠Do children have to play for the rest of their lives? (14:15)

Actively making music is what makes the difference in your children’s cognitive skills!
05/23/2018

Actively making music is what makes the difference in your children’s cognitive skills!

What do musicians hear? And is it different to what non-musicians hear?

Nina Kraus puts forward the idea in this podcast that “you are not going to get physically fit watching sports”, so does it follow that your can't get cognitively/auditory fit only listening to music? Take a listen to this very well produced podcast for this and a lot of other fascinating thoughts on sound and music.

https://soundcloud.com/cadencepodcast/episode-06-the-prediction-component?utm_source=soundcloud&utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=facebook

05/05/2018
BBC Archive

Children can develop an incredible ear with music! During Fortissimo classes we consistently work on attentive listening through multiple activities.

#OTD 1981: That's Life featured a toddler with an uncanny knack for identifying classical composers. This is very sweet.

Today we had fun learning rhythms with eight notes and quarter notes!
04/24/2018

Today we had fun learning rhythms with eight notes and quarter notes!

Actively making music positively impact aural perception and language skills. A new research demonstrates how important ...
04/17/2018
Bigger Better Brains

Actively making music positively impact aural perception and language skills. A new research demonstrates how important is the time of exposure to music training, more than genetics!

"Actively making music plays a major role in developing aural perceptual processing systems. These facilitate the encoding and identification of speech sounds and patterns, which, in turn, enhance language skills."

04/02/2018
03/27/2018
Watch a prodigy create -- from four notes in a hat

Look what a child prodigy can do!

60 Minutes pulls four musical notes out of hat, and young composer Alma Deutscher takes off, improvising a piano sonata in under a minute Subscribe to the "6...

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Tuesday 09:00 - 05:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 05:00
Thursday 09:00 - 05:00
Friday 09:00 - 05:00
Saturday 09:00 - 05:00

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