The 2015 fundraising campaign has been sluggish compared to last year's campaign. We have barely reached about 32% of the goal at this point. If you've been thinking about contributing but have been putting it off, please take a few minutes to step in and show your support!
Research indicates the brain of a musician, even a young one, works differently than that of a non-musician. “There’s some good neuroscience research that children involved in music have larger growth of neural activity than people not in music training. When you’re a musician and you’re playing an instrument, you have to be using more of your brain,” says Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at The Johns Hopkins University. A 2005 report by the Rand Corporation argues that the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual's life. According to the report, they "can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing," creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion.
Study after study has shown that listening and participating in live concerts is an integral part of music education. "Kids who attend our live concerts are able to differentiate good music, get motivated to practice regularly, and develop an idea of the kind of perfection that they should strive for," says Indhu Nagarajan (watch the video). During Hamsadhwani's first concert of 2015, about 2 weeks ago, it was wonderful to see parents, who themselves couldn't attend the concert, still make the effort to bring their children and drop them off. The importance of such exposure cannot be emphasized enough.
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