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New Books:
Early Childhood Songbook
Reading Music for Bells
Bells Songbook
Reading Ukulele Music
Reading Guitar Music
Reading Piano Music
Note Values
Piano Scales
Piano Chords
Guitar Chords

3-Part Cards/Flash Cards:
Do Re Mi and Letters
First Position for Piano​
Ukulele Chords
Guitar Chords
Guitar Tabs and Notation
Music Notation
Ledger Lines
Montessori Convention 
Denver, Colorado
March 22-25, 2018
Look for New Books and
Products to be unveiled!
By the way:
This book has become my blueprint
for creating books and tools for music
using the Montessori Method of Teaching!  I highly recommend it
and will be selling it at the convention!
Visit the
research that revolutionized
the way I teach music!!!
To the Brain...
Check out our beautiful new 
3-part Card Holders!
Many colors and patterns!
Custom monogramming!
Click on the piano
to practice the
12345 finger
Non-Musician's Guide to
Teaching Music
Ms. Sandra at Barry University
Jan. 9, 2016
Montessori Florida Coalition
Teacher/Parent Day
Music is the staff of life
Frankie Paul-

The Revolutionary Marriage of Montessori Method and Brain Research
This marriage has revolutionized the way I teach music.  I began incorporating Montessori methods of learning into my regular teaching of piano and guitar at Montessori schools because I saw firsthand the power of Montessori manipulatives and how they help children learn by maximizing sensory input.  However, there were few Montessori style tools for teaching music, so I began to create my own tools modeled after the ones I saw in the Montessori classrooms which were used to teach reading, math, and other skills.

A speech and autism therapist at a Montessori school made me aware of research on the brain which shows that music training actually changes the brain, and affects more areas of the brain than just those that process music.  Her specific interest was in the effects music training has on language processes for those children receiving speech therapy, and for communication processes for students on the autism spectrum.  She asked me to work with her so that she could add music training to their therapies.

The research to which she referred me confirms that music lessons actually change the brain, increasing executive functions and cognitive development, including non-musical functions of reading, language, memory, attention, vocal communication, and the ability to filter out extraneous noise.  Even more exciting is the finding that these changes in the brain occur because of the music training and are not dependent upon whether the student excels in the ability to play the instrument well!  The changes occur because music training requires the simultaneous use of several different activities in the brain and the synchronization of functions.  In other words, because the student is listening intently, using the body, reading and analyzing written music, and working with others all at the same time, the brain is exercised in a way that ultimately increases executive functions in many areas.  The finding is that music training greatly helps students in academic work, in social interactions and in communication.  The effects are long-term and affect the aging process as well.  There is a link to that research on the header of every page of this website.  

Sharing the power of this Revolutionary Marriage has become my passion.  I hope you will benefit from it too!  You can view a training session I gave at Barry University for Montessori Florida Coalition for non-musician teachers who want to incorporate music education into their classrooms.  The link is at the top of each page on this website and also on Youtube titled, "Non-Musician's Guide to Teaching Music".  

The use of my tools has also been taught as part of the MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) for Early Childhood at Summit Questa Montessori in Davie, FL, in their SMTTI (Summit Montessori Teacher Training Institute) workshops. 

Ms. Sandra