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Settlement CEO on the Importance of Music for Youth

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Sep 29, 2017

Speaking to the Philadelphia Inquirer last month, Helen Eaton, CEO at Settlement Music School, discussed the benefits of introducing music at a young age, the value of arts therapy, and the successful approaches employed by Settlement.

“Introducing music to babies has been shown to increase their social, emotional, and cognitive learning. Music aids in memory development and enhances the neuro activity in the brain. We know now that an infant can recognize a song long before he or she understands words. That said, if during playtime you sing a song to your child, he or she begins to associate that music and experience with a positive mood. It’s wonderful,” says Eaton.

She goes on to note that arts-based therapy can bring positive differences to children who experience delays in social, intellectual, or physical development. “For the child on the autism spectrum, the arts approach is a non-intrusive intervention to facilitate communication and social skill development. The arts (music, dance, and art) are a common means of non-verbal communication and children on the spectrum tend to gravitate towards them.”

Read the full article here.

About Settlement Music School

Settlement Music School was founded in 1908 by Jeanette Selig Frank and Blanche Wolf Kohn, with 30 pupils who paid 5 cents for a half-hour lesson. Settlement now serves 15,000 students at six branch locations and through outreach initiatives. The core program consists of individual instruction in all instruments and voice, chamber music and theory classes, music workshop classes for young children, and dance classes (modern and ballet) for students age 6 through adult. Performance opportunities are offered regularly, including Saturday performance hours, student recitals and alumni master classes and recitals. Additional programs include Advanced Study Scholarship Programs; Daytime Programs for Older Adults; Zausmer Therapeutic Arts Program for students with disabilities; the nationally recognized Kaleidoscope Preschool Program, Teacher Training Institute for the Arts and a Summer Camp Program.


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