Music Matters is a partnership between CBS4, Mountain States Toyota and Swallow Hill Music to create awareness about the importance of music education. You can help enrich children’s lives with music by learning more about Swallow Hill Music – their Little Swallows program, concerts, and music classes.
Little Swallows is a weekly 30-minute music program that introduces three- and four-year-old students to the world of music-making using songs, creative movement, rhymes, percussion instruments and other fun activities. The program has been offered at Swallow Hill’s school for more than ten years, but to make this program accessible to more Colorado kids, Swallow Hill recently started bringing the program to under-resourced early childhood centers. We are now serving students at 21 centers.
Thanks to the support of generous partners like Mountain States Toyota, Swallow Hill is offering our Little Swallows class to more than 1,500 preschoolers this year. Together we are bringing the joy of music to the lives of young people living in our most under-resourced neighborhoods.
WHY IS MUSIC EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
- Music education sharpens student attentiveness, equips students to be creative and supports better study habits and self-esteem. Arts Education Partnership, 2011
- Research reveals strong connections between rhythm skills and pre-reading abilities in toddlers. Woodruff Carr K, W.-S.T., Tierney A, Strait D, Kraus N. , Beat synchronization and speech encoding in preschoolers: A neural synchrony framework for language development. , in Association for Research in Otolaryngology Symposium. 2014: San Diego, CA.
- Researchers found that after two years, children who not only regularly attended music classes, but also actively participated in the class, showed larger improvements in how the brain processes speech and reading scores than their less-involved peers. Nina Kraus, director of Northwestern’s Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, quoted in Melissa Locker, “This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain,” Time, December 16, 2014.
- Playing a musical instrument impacts multiple areas of the brain, especially enhancing our executive functions, and researchers note it is comparable to a full-body workout. “Intellectual nourishment and the brain,” by Dawn Davis, Illinois State University, Oct. 18, 2017
SUPPORT MUSIC EDUCATION:
To help bring music to more children, please consider a tax-deductible gift to Swallow Hill.
- $10 per month gives a preschooler one full year of Little Swallows classes.
- $100 provides a scholarship student eight weeks of music classes.
- $500 provides an interactive music performance related to culture and history for a K-12 assembly.
Mountain States Toyota is proud to partner with CBS4 and Swallow Hill Music to highlight the need for music education in our schools. Through this partnership, Mountain States Toyota is providing music education to hundreds of students at Adventure Elementary and Global Primary Academy in the Mapleton Public School District.