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World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma makes music to heal people and the world, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Yo-Yo Ma and the Healing Power of Music:

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          I first heard Yo-Yo Ma play in December of 1972, just after the re-election of Richard Nixon as president. From 1968 on we were going through the throes of the anti-Vietnam war protests. I sat beside a dear friend and fellow faculty member in the music room at the president of the university’s annual faculty Christmas party. He was in the throes of making a decision i knew nothing about then; I was captivated by the brother/sister duo who made the evening magic. The decades have passed; my friend is long in his grave. The magic of Yo-Yo Ma’s music has become a healing force across the world in good times and bad. This post, a report from the Singapore Straits Times, reminds us of the enduring power of music and the essential goodness of the great musicians in our land. Yo-Yo, we need your music now more than ever. (Thanks to Bridgelight for the images.)

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“Arts News -Imagine the world’s best-known cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, sitting in his car fiddling with the radio controls.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma makes music to heal people and the world, Arts News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Art therapy for seniors at risk of dementia, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Studying the Potential for the Arts in Healing:

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      We know that all the arts have the potential to improve the lives of those with dementia and their families. There are also suggestions that participation in the arts can delay the onset of dementia in those who are at risk. There are examples of programs and studies in many parts of the world; Australia and Singapore have been particularly active in developing new studies in this area.

     Today’s post is from one of my major sources in Asia, The Staits Times. The article introduces a study now under way in Singapore that I will follow and report on as it progresses.

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“Singapore News -From July, a group of seniors at risk of developing dementia will be put on a course of art therapy classes and museum visits, under a study to see if these activities could stave off the condition.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: Art therapy for seniors at risk of dementia, Singapore News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

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More Support for Play/Exploration Approach to Early Childhood Education:

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Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

     One of the education disasters of our time is the pushing down of academic approaches to preschool education. It will take generations for us to recover from this–and only if we recognize and change directions immediately. Montessori, Waldorf, and Emilia Reggio all provide models that can ease the transition. My book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” builds on our understanding that all human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing.

     This post from The Straits Times shares the results of a recent study by Professor Eva Reindl of the University of Birmingham’s (UK) School of Psychology. (Note: I spent two years at the University’s Shakespeare Institute in the 1960s.) The study is an important building block in the support for more person- and play-centered approach to early childhood education.

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“Europe News -PARIS (AFP) – Toddlers can figure out how to make and use simple tools without being taught, said a study Wednesday that defies conventional wisdom and earlier research.. Read more at straitstimes.com.”

Source: Study finds toddlers can invent simple tools, Europe News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

Courtesy of the Ohio Montessori Alliance

The Creative Apothecary Believes in the Power of Play and Exploration for Children!