In The News

Newer...

 

 

HOLLISTON TAB
Framingham, MA
Smarter Kids
12/17/2010

 

 

SAVAGE PACER
Prior Lake, MN
MUSICAL BOOKS
12/25/2010

 

MILFORD DAILY NEWS
Milford, MA
Smarter Kids
12/17/2010

 

 

Music Key to Raising Kids' IQ
by Sharon Burch
http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/parenting/musiciq.htm

In past generations, singing and playing instruments was an integral part of family life, a great way to express and entertain yourself and others. We did not realize it, but we were also exercising our brain while we played, causing us to be creative, more vibrant, smarter, etc. In our current generation, we tend to be passive listeners and consumers as a society, and as a result, shorting our mental development and our children the opportunity to reach their mental potential.

More...

 

 

WESTBOROUGH NEWS
Westborough, MA
Smarter Kids
12/17/2010

 

 

VILLAGER
Marlborough, MA
Smarter Kids
12/17/2010

 

 

Data Detectives
The blog of the New York State Data Center Affiliates.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Posted by Roger Owen Green at 11:11 AM
http://nysdca.blogspot.com/2010/12/music-key-to-raising-kids-iq-by-sharon.html

Music Key to Raising Kids' IQ by Sharon Burch

In past generations, singing and playing instruments was an integral part of family life. A great way to express and entertain yourself and others. We did not realize it, but we were also exercising our brain while we played, causing us to be creative, more vibrant, smarter, etc. In our current generation, we tend to be passive listeners and consumers as a society, and as a result, shorting our mental development and our children the opportunity to reach their mental potential.

More...

 

 

FIND 2 INDYA
Friday, December 17, 2010

The Secret to Smarter Children
http://find2indya.blogspot.com/2010/12/secret-to-smarter-children.html

For years science has studied the brain learning that each section has a special purpose, a concentrated focus and operations “system”. We hear about quadrants of the brain or simpler yet – left brain and right brain. We call people left brain people or right brain people.

More...

 

 

Voice of America
American Cafe Interview

by David Byrne

Click here to listen...

 

 

One-on-One with Sharon Burch, Author of Freddie the Frog
8:50 pm Dec 14 - by Lauren Hise – Arts and Entertainment Editor
http://the217.com/articles/view/one_on_one_with_sharon_burch_author_of_freddie_the_frog

Sharon Burch

Sharon Burch, Photo sent by agent Karen Hayhurst


Hoping to give your kids an advantage? Are you secretly wishing to be one of those proud parents at music recitals? Well, it’s never too early to start teaching your kids about music. Written by music teacher Sharon Burch, Freddie the Frog books are geared towards teaching children the basic foundations of music in a way that is fun and easy. buzz talked to Sharon Burch about the importance of music, creating Freddie and the childhood book that made an impression on her.

buzz: Where did you first come up with the idea for Freddie?

Sharon Burch: Everyone loves a good story. I'm a music teacher who loves teaching kids through stories, songs and games. Since music has its own written language, I created stories as a storyteller to introduce the written language of music. The music alphabet consists of seven letters—A, B, C, D, E, F and G. Therefore, the main character of my story needed to begin with one of those seven letters. My daughter had a frog puppet, so the main character quickly became Freddie the Frog. The kids instantly fell in love with Freddie through the story and learned music notes, too! It was incredibly effective. Writing a children's illustrated storybook with a captivating audio CD was the best way to duplicate and share my teaching success with others.

More...

 

 

Meet Sharon Burch, an early childhood music educator with a big mission
by Dot Rust on December 15, 2010
http://oregonmusicnews.com/blog/2010/12/15/meet-sharon-burch-an-early-childhood-music-educator-with-a-big-mission/

I’d like to introduce you to Sharon Burch, a music educator from Iowa who I believe has a great idea, backed by experience and education, whose angle on music education sets the conventional wisdom on its head a bit, and who advocates teaching children at a very young age, the basic elements and concepts of music. She believes, as I do, that music teaches the whole child, prepares them for more than just reading and writing, invites and nurtures creativity, coordinates the body, and generally makes them better students who typically end up in the top ten percent of their class.

More...

 

 

Freddie the Frog Came A-Courtin’ Here…
December 13, 2010
by chautona
http://paradoxology.wordpress.com/2010/12/13/freddie-the-frog-came-a-courtin-here/

Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids!

While there’s nothing new about kids loving music, science involving music and the brain proves that learning music early in life enhances brain development.

In the fantastical Freddie the Frog® 4-book series (hardcover with companion CD; $23.95 each) detailed below, preschool through elementary-age children learn musical concepts while they are duly immersed in Freddie’s colorfully illustrated adventures.

Now a nationally beloved fictional children’s book character, Freddie the Frog has become the mascot of music education for kids. Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

" Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development," notes Burch. "The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun! "

Enjoy a narrated sneak peek inside Freddie’s world here:
http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=ou387311 and discover the cognitive benefits of music here: www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/childmusicoutline.html. Consumers may order online at www.freddiethefrogbooks.com.

I knew, the moment I heard the first lines of “Froggie Went A-Courtin’” that I’d review this product. Anyone who recognizes fine music like that must be given a fair chance. One of the exciting things about this particular review was the opportunity to interview the developer/author, Sharon Burch. I read the information on this program and then asked the following questions:

More...

 

 

Christmas Books, Santas and Parties
Fri, December 10, 2010 2:57 pm
http://www.daytimetricities.com/tri/news/article/christmas_books_santas_and_parties/50122/

 

 

Musical Frog Boosts Brain Power
December 10, 2010
by Theresa Gould
http://www.thefashionablebambino.com/2010/12/10/musical-frog-boosts-brain-power/

Music causes the mind to think smarter:
a.. Medical scans track brain activity.
b.. Music is one of the very few whole brain activities, engaging all four parts of the brain!
c.. All other tasks use either the left or right brain.
d.. Music exercises all of the brain. How? 1) When playing music, the mind chooses how fast or slow to play, with what style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling. 2) It also tells the fingers when to move, reads and memorizes. When playing music, you do ALL of this at the SAME TIME! 3) The more you play, the more you exercise your mind. The exercised mind thinks better, making a student smarter.
Music has been proven to help children’s brains to develop, one of the reasons our five older children take piano! So when this product came across my desk and seemed like it might teach my younger ones about music I accepted the opportunity to review it.

The Thump in the Night, written by Sharon Burch, is a children’s book geared towards teaching children about the fundamentals of music. The book includes a CD which is an audio version of the book. Our children really enjoyed the book and the audio version of it. The story is about a frog who lives on Treble Clef Island and within the illustrations are the musical symbols of the treble clef staff and the single whole note. Freddie the Frog hears a thump in the night and while he is frightened, he still gets up to investigate. His investigation takes him on an adventure during the middle of the night.

My older children “got” the book and what it was trying to teach, but even my youngest in piano did not notice the musical notes until they were pointed out to him and this was after several sessions of listening to the audio book and us reading it to him. I think he was just so involved in the story to notice the notes to be honest.

I think over time the information the author wants to teach will be more evident to the children as I sit and point out the different musical fundamentals. However, so far they are simply enjoying the story of Freddie the frog to notice the lessons in music.

The book illustrations are cute and at first I thought that it might be scary for the little ones with talk of monsters and being afraid in the night, but they weren’t. They were pretty enraptured with the story line itself. So I was thankful!

There is also a frog puppet and flashcards available for purchase to compliment the book. All of which are available at Amazon.com The book and CD retail for $23.95 and would be a great educational gift to have under the Chrismas tree for your children.

Narrated video reading:
http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=ou387311

Cognitive benefits of music:
www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/childmusicoutline.html
http://www.musicfriends.org/

Author bio:
http://www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/author.html

To learn more:
www.freddiethefrogbooks.com

To purchase:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders

 

 

Whimsical 'Freddie the Frog' Books Help Kids
Learn & Love Music!

Mon, 6 Dec 2010

This information is being featured on the homepages of over 115 city websites across the Atlanta, Georgia area of Our Little Net.
http://sandyspringsga.ourlittle.net/Resources/Education/FreddieTheFrogBooks

Freddie the Frog® is a fantastical 4-book with companion CD series that helps preschool through elementary-age children learn musical concepts while they are duly immersed in Freddie's colorfully illustrated adventures.

Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

"Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development," notes Burch. "The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun!"

Enjoy a narrated sneak peek inside Freddie's world here: http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=ou387311

Discover the cognitive benefits of music here: http://www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/childmusicoutline.html

 

 

The Story of a Writer
Let's talk about books.
Friday, December 3, 2010

Meet Sharon and Freddie the Frog
http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/2010/12/meet-sharon-and-freddie-frog.html

I am delighted to have Sharon Burch as my guest today. A music teacher, clinician, and author, Sharon Burch developed an effective method using fiction and fantasy to teach musical concepts to her preschool through third grade students. Freddie the Frog puppet was the star and quickly became the students favorite musical friend and best teacher. Sharon designs and creates Freddie the Frog resources for the music classroom.

More...

 

 

Interview with Sharon Burch as featured in Buzz Magazine/The217.com

1. Where did you first come up with the idea for Freddie?
Everyone loves a good story. I'm a music teacher who loves teaching kids through stories, songs and games. Since music has its own written language, I created stories as a storyteller to introduce the written language of music. The music alphabet consists of seven letter--A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Therefore, the main character of my story needed to begin with one of those seven letters. My daughter had a frog puppet, so the main character quickly became Freddie the Frog. The kids instantly fell in love with Freddie through the story and learned music notes, too! It was incredibly effective. Writing a children's illustrated story book with a captivating audio CD was the best way to duplicate and share my teaching success with others.

2. How do you come up with a plot line for each book?
I write with two priorities in mind--it has to teach a valuable music concept and captivate a room full of kids' attention. At the end of the story, the reader has learned by experiencing the concept through the story. Freddie is very real to the kids. I decide on the concept, mentally step into Freddie's world, and let the adventure begin.

For example, the goal of the story currently in production, Freddie the Frog® and the Flying Jazz Kitten, was to introduce kids to the world of jazz. I explored the various elements of jazz and chose one that would be easily accessible and interactive, creating instant success through scat singing. Then I asked myself, what could happen in Freddie's world that would cause him to scat sing? Meeting a group of cats that only communicate through scat was the answer. Freddie's curiosity gets him in a pickle and learning to scat was his only way out. Of course, the reader is scatting right along with him. By the end of the story, kids are effortlessly echo scatting and have a feel for the groove of jazz.

3. Why do you think it is so important that children continue to learn music?
In past generations, singing and playing instruments was an integral part of family life. A great way to express and entertain yourself and others. We did not realize it, but we were also exercising our brain while we played, causing us to be creative, more vibrant, smarter, etc. In our current generation, we tend to be passive listeners and consumers as a society, and as a result, shorting our mental development and our children the opportunity to reach their mental potential.

Humans are "wired" for music. Until recently, scientists did not know how music affected the brain. The advancement in technology allows scientists to actually "see" brain activity via PET scans and MRI imaging scanning the blood flow in the brain. Our brains are "wired" with neural pathways. Most activities only cause a portion of the brain to "light up" with activity; thus, the saying, right brain/left brain, etc. But there are actually four parts to the brain and music makes ALL of the areas "light up" and create new neural pathways as a person is learning and playing an instrument. Those neural pathways remain in tact and can be used for other things besides music. It's an exciting time of discovering how little we know and how much there is to learn. There is definitely enough evidence to recognize it is not in a music teacher's imagination. Music has a huge impact on activity in the brain. You can physically/visually see the growth and changes that happen inside the brain. The possibilities are endless. The implications for music therapy and music education are profound. Just check out PBS video "The Music Instinct."

But even if you are still skeptical about music making kids smarter, let's look at the other benefits. Socially, music is an ageless hobby creating interaction with great people. Take a look at any school band or orchestra or top-ranking choir and you will find a huge percentage of the members are in the top 10% of their class and college bound. Striving for excellence is a given in a musical group. Everyone has to perfect their part for the group to perform at their best--NObody "sits on the bench." Everyone has to pull their weight or the whole group suffers. Creativity, especially in jazz groups is developed, honed and embraced. Who couldn't use more creativity in their workforce? Creativity is what makes the difference and gives any company the cutting edge.

There are many benefits of being involved in making music, but the neural pathways drives home the point and gets our attention. Scientists are reluctant to state that playing a musical instrument makes you smarter, but all the indicators are there, so let's look at it from the opposite angle. Instead of trying to prove that music makes you smarter or good for you and your child, try to prove that it is not. I can't think of a single reason how learning a musical instrument is detrimental, can you?

Give your child every opportunity and advantage you can. Enroll them in music lessons and watch them grow and mentally develop as they play, create, express, and struggle through the rigors of the discipline mastering an instrument. You will discover a more creative, brighter and mature person in the making.

4. What have you loved most about being a teacher?
Working with kids. Inspiring a love for music and pursuing something with passion, striving to do your personal best.

5. What inspired you to become a writer?
It began as a "means to an end". Transforming the effective storytelling teaching strategy into a form that could work for anyone, even someone with no musical training, translated into writing an illustrated children's story book. Now as we are wrapping up book five, I've discovered I love creating stories that connect kids to music and enriches their lives.

6. What is something that you think sets these books apart?
It's funny. Adults often read through the books and don't "get it." They'll dismiss them and put them off to the side. But a child, that's a different story. Over two million kids are in love with Freddie the Frog through their elementary music teacher. A music teacher and a child "gets it." Kids follow the adventure, fall in love with Freddie, and learn music all in one sitting. The music connection is what sets the Freddie the Frog® series apart. Kids love music and learning about music through Freddie.

7. Any current plans for other book series?
I'm pretty loyal to Freddie and his best friend, Eli the Elephant. I foresee a pretty long list of Freddie the Frog® adventures. The first stuffed Freddie the Frog and Friendz animals are due to arrive in 2011. Kids can't wait!

8. What was your favorite book to read when you were a child?
I loved the adventures of Curious George. Maybe that's why Freddie's curiosity always lands him in another adventure.

 

 

Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids
Posted: Dec. 1st, 2010 | By Merilee Kern
http://www.justluxe.com/lifestyle/leisure/feature-1121142.php

Children's Toys: While there's nothing new about kids loving music, science involving music and the brain proves that learning music early in life enhances brain development.

In the fantastical Freddie the Frog® 4-book series (hardcover with companion CD; $23.95 each) detailed below, preschool through elementary-age children learn musical concepts while they are duly immersed in Freddie's colorfully illustrated adventures.

Now a nationally beloved fictional children's book character, Freddie the Frog has become the mascot of music education for kids. Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

"Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development," notes Burch. "The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun!"

Visit http://freddiethefrogbooks.com/ to learn more.

 

 

Freddie the Frog helps kiddles learn music
Mark Leevan
http://www.examiner.com/trendy-living-in-national/freddie-the-frog-helps-kiddles-learn-music
November 30th, 2010 4:44 pm ET

You just can't start early enough teaching your kids music. Put those earphones on your belly bump. Then shoot that kid out into a world filled with music. When the kid hits pre-school and elementary, don't let it stop. Fill their world with Freddie the Frog. Freddie the Frog® is a fantastical 4-book with companion CD series that helps preschool through elementary-age children learn musical concepts while they are duly immersed in Freddie's colorfully illustrated adventures.

Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

"Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development," notes Burch. "The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun!"

Enjoy a narrated sneak peek inside Freddie's world here: http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=ou387311 and discover the cognitive benefits of music here: http://www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/childmusicoutline.html.

A music teacher, speaker, and author, Sharon Burch developed an effective method using fiction and fantasy to teach musical concepts to preschool through elementary-age students both in the classroom and at home. Sharon and Freddie share their interactive teaching methods in elementary music with educational groups across the country. Energized parents and teachers quickly realize the "magic of Freddie" - his uncanny ability to teach even young children musical concepts.

 

 

Freddie the Frog Books by Sharon Burch
November 30, 2010 — Pat Bertram
http://dragonmyfeet.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/freddie-the-frog-books-by-sharon-burch/

A nationally beloved fictional children’s book character, Freddie the Frog has become the mascot of music education for kids. Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

“Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development,” notes Burch. “The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun!”

Enjoy a narrated sneak peek inside Freddie’s world here: http://vidego.multicastmedia.com/player.php?v=ou387311 and discover the cognitive benefits of music here: www.freddiethefrogbooks.com/childmusicoutline.html. Consumers may order online at www.freddiethefrogbooks.com.

 

 

Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids
From Norwalk Reflector, Norwalk, OH
Saturday, November 20, 2010

 

Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids
From The Lakeland Times, Minocqua, WI
Friday, November 26, 2010

 

 

5Ws with Sharon Burch
Thu, 18 Nov 2010
By Jodi
http://jodiwebb.com/news/5ws-with-karen-hayhurst/

Sharon Burch My children almost always went to sleep to the sounds of music. They all had their favorites: Broadway show tunes, Disney songs, Raffi, country...my husband and I played all sorts for them and let them choose their favorites. As time went on they began introducing us to new artists...Lady GaGa, Plain White Tees, Taylor Swift...and a whole bunch whose names I just can´t remember. But they all love music and I´m convinced it all can be traced back to those early days when we played music for them before they could even sing the lyrics. So when I learned about Sharon Burch, a musician/music teacher who recently developed a wonderful Freddie the Frog four book series about music(with CDs included) I just had to pass it along to you.

Check out a book trailer here.

More on Sharon Burch here.

 

 


Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids
http://fireflyblog.org/musical-frog-holds-secret-to-smarter-kids/
November 17, 2010 by Guest Contributors 525 views



While there´s nothing new about kids loving music, science involving music and the brain proves that learning music early in life enhances brain development.

In the fantastical Freddie the Frog® 4-book series (hardcover with companion CD; $23.95 each) detailed below, preschool through elementary-age children learn musical concepts while they are duly immersed in Freddie´s colorfully illustrated adventures.

Now a nationally beloved fictional children´s book character, Freddie the Frog has become the mascot of music education for kids. Developed and authored by music teacher and speaker Sharon Burch, these books and companion CDs provide an accessible, entertaining and highly effective form of literature-based music education that kids absolutely love.

"Nothing compares to music in brain stimulation and development," notes Burch. "The plethora of music and brain research findings are clear - music training profoundly affects brain development and music education benefits every child. The Freddie the Frog books were purposely developed to make learning music easy and fun!"





Musical notation for prechoolers: Freddie the Frog
November 17th, 2010 3:15 pm ET
By Diane Petryk Bloom, Children's Books Examiner


https://www.examiner.com/children-s-books-in-national/musical-notation-for-prechoolers-freddie-the-frog

Sharon Burch of Iowa may be doing for musical notation what Ruth Heller did for the parts of speech – making them fun and comprehensible to the youngest among us. If you appreciate the joys of music and want to pass that on to a preschooler you love, Burch’s Freddie the Frog quartet is something to consider.

Freddie the Frog books teach musical notation and basic music concepts through text and accompanying CDs.

More...

 

 

Musical Frog Holds Secret to Smarter Kids
From The Newport Daily Express, Newport, VT
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

 

Frog Books Boost Kids' Brain Power
From The Metro Herald, Alexandria, VA
Friday, November 12, 2010

 

Newer...