Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2010
BAM Radio Network, the education station online, today announced the launch of "Music and Learning," a program aimed at raising awareness of the essential role music plays in the education of young children. The program, hosted by Maryann Harman, goes far beyond basic music appreciation in education, exploring the growing body of research on how music supports the development of cognitive skills, emotional skills and life skills.
"One of the first big things that music does is it helps kids focus and concentrate, not just in the classroom but in life," said Eric Jensen, interviewed in the Music and Learning premiere episode. Jensen is the author of 26 books on brain-based learning.
Theoretical and practical, the show was developed specifically for time-pressured teachers, administrators and parents. All episodes are condensed into brief, cogent summaries. The program is aired "on demand" on the BAM Radio Network at http://www.bamradionetwork.com, and is available for download on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=365325056.
Harman states, "I believe that if more teachers and parents were aware of what is happening in the brain with music, they wouldn't let music programs get cut from our schools."
"The connection between music and learning is well established and supported by mounds of research. It's a travesty that this research remains broadly unknown, depriving teachers and children of an essential learning medium," said Rae Pica, co-founder of BAM Radio Network. "We are thrilled to help amplify the work of Maryann Harman and the cadre of thought leaders and change agents that she is bringing to the network.
About Maryann "Mar." Harman
Maryann Harman is a passionate advocate of the role of music in the cognitive development of young children. Harman is an experienced educator with a Bachelors Degree in Music and a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Early Childhood. These dual degrees contribute to her ability to write songs that are musically and educationally sound for children as well as fun and easy to use for teachers and parents. She founded the nationally enjoyed Music with Mar. Brain Research Based program. Her recordings have received several national awards. Harman hosts the Music and Learning channel on BAM Radio Network.
About BAM Radio Network
The BAM Radio Network is the largest online, education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held New Hampshire-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster Errol Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.
The Best Educational Reporting Team
BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:
- Dr. Mark Ginsberg, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
- Dr. Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
- Dr. William B. Harvey, executive director of the International Reading Association
- Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
- Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
- Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
- Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
- John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
- Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
- Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
- Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
- Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
- Dr. Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
- Barbara S. Belmont, executive director for the School Nutrition Association
- Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
- Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International
These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.
Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC