"We need to justify music education for its own sake," she says. "The fact that there are these extra-musical effects is sort of icing on the cake."
According to Kindermusik teacher Allison Ashley, a child's parents are her best resources when it comes to music. Even parents who can't tell a Mozart from a Chopin or a clarinet from an oboe can nurture a love of music in their kids. The following tips from Ashley provide some simple ways even the busiest of parents can make music an integral part of their home.
Katie Holland is a junior at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a Chicago Parent intern.
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