Hoffman Academy 2.0 Giveaway & Review!

In January 2017, our favorite online piano program, Hoffman Academy,  updated and launched Hoffman Academy 2.0 which has several new features on their website that will make learning music much more effective and fun. Today, I'm honored to test it out with my kids, write a review, and hold a GIVEAWAY for you to try it out as well. By the end of this post, I am sure you will be super excited about this awesome piano program. If you have never heard about this awesome and FREE online piano program but want to know more, you can read my first review right HERE. Are you ready?   (more…)

My Favorite Piano Program GIVEAWAY + A Review of the Hoffman Academy

Music can help with learning languages. Do you agree? Have you seen a connection between the two? Helen Doron English wrote a post titled "How Music Helps Children Learn" where she clearly explains all the benefits music can bring to children's learning: "Music is one of the few activities that involves using the whole brain. It is inherent in all cultures and can have surprising benefits not only for acquiring language, improving memory and focusing attention but also for physical coordination and development.  Music encourages learning and enhances communication. In recent years, we’ve learned a lot about how the brain develops." I plan on writing more posts in the future on how music assists in learning Chinese, a...

Teach Chinese with Music {Product Review: A Little Mandarin}

Music is a very special gift for everyone. We have eyes to see, nose to smell, ears to hear, a mouth to sing, and a body to touch and feel. With through senses, we have been gifted a powerful second language, the language of music . As a pianist and a mother, I understand the power and benefit of music, having regular music class and singing nursery songs are included in my homeschooling schedule. As a language teacher, I believe learning languages through music is one of the best ways to learn languages, especially for children. So, today, I would like to introduce you to A Little Mandarin, a Chinese Children's Classics children's album. (more…)