- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 1, 2001

Books

• "Good Music, Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child's Life Through the Power of Music," by Sharlane Habermeyer, Prima Publishing, 1999. This book has information on how music helps social, emotional and brain development. It also has tips on incorporating classical music into the lives of young children.

• "Raising Musical Kids: Great Ideas to Help Your Child Develop a Love for Music," by Patrick Kavanaugh, Vine Books, 1995. This book offers advice for parents on how to find a music teacher, how to motivate children to practice and how to guide students if they are interested in careers in music.

Associations

• MENC: The National Association for Music Education, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, Va. 20191. Phone: 800/336-3768. Web site: www.menc.org. This nonprofit association for music teachers, students and parents has information on finding a teacher and the value of learning music and advice on careers in the arts. The group was known as the Music Educators National Conference until 1998, when it changed its name to MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Online

• The McLean Youth Orchestra has a home page (https://tmo.org/myo) with a schedule of local events and concert information as well as links to many music organizations, pages and other youth orchestras.

• The American Music Conference, a nonprofit advocacy group, has a Web site (www.amc-music.org) with research information, links to other sites and advice on how to promote music education in local schools.

• The Piano Page (www.geocities.com.vienna/studio/6917), a site maintained by a 17-year-old piano student from Western Canada, offers tips on practicing, information on piano history and links to other sites.

• The Suzuki Piano Teachers Central group's Web site (www.suzuki-piano.com) has more information about the Suzuki method, a list of Suzuki teachers nationwide, and books and music available to order.

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