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The Music Miracle: The Scientific Secret to Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential [Paperback]

Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay
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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Earnest House Publishing; 1st Edition edition (13 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0992664306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0992664305
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Life can be truly wonderful. But there is not a shortage of problems in life, and I was acutely aware of that since early childhood. For as long as I can remember, I was on a quest to find out what I could do to help.

I was born in Helsinki, Finland. Like the majority of Finnish children, I studied with the Finnish Musiikkileikkikoulu since I was a toddler. This playful style of learning real music skills was to inspire me to develop the Moosicology Method years later when my own son was born and we were moving back to the UK where no such real music training for babies and young children existed in our place of residence or anywhere nearby. This is why I initially developed the Moosicology Package - so that children could learn music skills whether or not they happened to be placed geographically near to a children's music educator.

At the age of 5, I started training in classical piano. This was my mother's choice - she had always wanted to play the piano herself but had had such an impoverished childhood that owning a piano and going to lessons were out of the question. Thankfully, Finland's financial situation had greatly improved since my parents' days of childhood, when even the Musiikkileikkikoulu hadn't been established. But knowing about my mother's unfulfilled dreams of learning music were and still are a big influence for me in trying to make music learning accessible for all children despite their family's circumstances.

Growing up, I discovered the joys of popular music, with bands such as Crowded House, Blur and the Manic Street Preachers. I decided that writing amazing pop songs was the best I could offer to humankind. I worked obsessively on my songwriting, yet I never had the courage to pursue this path publicly until I met my now-husband, Travis. We met in Finland, where I was studying Philosophy and Education at the University of Helsinki. He soon had to return to his home country England due to his work, and I ended up following him. Thanks to his encouragement for my songwriting, I ended up working on my debut album with producer Ken Stringfellow of REM fame, playing on BBC Introducing and so forth, all the usual things up-and-coming musicians do. But shortly after our son was born in 2007, I happened to come across a mention on the brain benefits of music education in a parenting book.

Even though I had dedicated my life to music, I had never known that it had benefits for the brain, and remarkable ones at that: ranging from IQ to mathematics, literacy and language to social skills! I interviewed other parents and music teachers and found out that they had not known about these benefits either. Over the following years, I set out to do research on the topic, which led into Moosicology, a brain-boosting music training method for children that is recommended by education experts in the UK and around the world. Every day, I am grateful for having found a meaningful project to work on, one that combines my values of helping children, families and humankind, and ties in with my academic interests and my passion for music.

This research I undertook for Moosicology - to learn what general learning benefits children gain from music and how and why - eventually became way too exhilarating to keep to myself, and so I wrote the book 'The Music Miracle: The Scientific Secret to Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential'. I sent the manuscript over to a few respected academics to review, and thrillingly, they liked it. My book was already referenced academically in just its manuscript form, at the EU's Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC) conference in July 2013 by Professor David J. Hargreaves in his keynote speech. My book was finally published on the 2nd of December 2013. In the meantime, my son has grown from a toothless baby to a 6-year old who is in the process of losing his baby teeth!

It has become my mission to help children unlock their full potential, because what a better way to make the world a better place than by helping its future generations to make the most of their talents and abilities! The impact of music training at the early ages 0-7 is something that us parents cannot afford to ignore, and the leading scientific studies that my book is based on speak for themselves. The scientists did the main work, so I am standing on the shoulders of giants - my book simply draws a synthesis of the current findings in a way that is accessible to parents, as these studies have only previously been published in scientific journals. With this book, I want to bring the information outside from the ivory towers of science, so that us parents can benefit from it - and most of all, our children!

Product Description

'The Music Miracle: The Scientific Secret to Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential' reveals vital information that helps you support your child's development, based on decades of scientific study and cutting-edge brain research.

Find out how to:

<li>Maximize your child's intelligence <li>Bring up a confident and considerate child <li>Increase your baby's communication skills and your family's wellbeing <li>Let your child shine academically in literacy, language, mathematics and science

Find out why no 'pushy parenting' is needed. If you want to help your child be all they can be and stay sane, this book is for you.

"Never before have I seen such a comprehensive and in-depth review of the neuroscientific and psychological basis of the effects of music on young children. Parents and many others will be anxious to read it because of its very important message. Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay has blazed an important and pioneering trail for others to follow, and I wish this book every success."

Professor of Education, University of Roehampton, Psychologist FBPsS David J. Hargreaves

"By encouraging their children to make the most of their innate musical potential, parents can support much wider cognitive, emotional and social development as their children grow. Liisa Henriksson-Macaulay's narrative is engaging and full of rich personal anecdote, as well as a synthesis of key research findings and useful examples for parents of how music can be used successfully to nurture and strengthen children's development."

Professor Graham Welch, University of London

"A cracking read. I couldn't put it down."

Alex James, Blur

Join the parenting conversation of 2014 with this Amazon bestseller, as seen on BBC Breakfast and in The Telegraph.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
By sarah
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Having a background in music journalism and my partner being a self taught musician our house is always full of music, and our 5 month old son loves it, so when I heard from a friend about The Music Miracle I was excited to read it.

As well as the music journalism I have a strong scientific background and so value claims to be backed up by scientific evidence, something which is usually missing in most books aimed at parents. However Liisa's claim on the front of "The Scientific Secret To Unlocking Your Child's Full Potential" was certainly backed up by the content of the book,but before you back away at the thought of a science based book let me reassure you that it is written in such a way that it is easy to both read and understand. It explains how children who learned music early on in life were more successful in maths, reading and sciences and even developed a higher level of emotional intelligence. With the majority of the benefits being reaped if the child learns music under 7 it is still beneficial later on.

Any one interested in giving their child a helping hand to shape their future need look no further, it is truly eye opening and I will definitely be giving my son the opportunity to develop these skills, I have already ordered a Moosicology pack as he is far too young for music classes, but as Liisa explains in the book musical instruction does work for his age group as babies under 12 months learn very differently from children over 1 year, just like babies are sensitive to learning language (their mother tongue), they are sensitive to learning musical concepts. I am eagerly awaiting my copy in the post and to start enjoying the musical journey we have ahead!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I am sold but disappointed in the book. 13 Mar 2014
By ahs
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I saw the interview on BBC and was very excited to find out how to unlock my child's full potential. However this book is very boring and repetitive. Get your child to learn to play an instrument before age 7, in a fun way. Thats the answer.... There is lots of scientific evidence as to why. After reading the first few pages I was sold. I was most interested in how to teach my child having no music background, the answer is don't buy this book bye her music lesson book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
There are very few books that cause me to reconsider my whole approach to children's education but this is one of them. I was given this book but it sat unread for a month until I went on holiday and then I regretted not reading it the moment it was given to me. What strikes me is the sheer volume of scientific evidence for how music helps develop the brain of young children making a significant difference to their ability to learn as well as their emotional wellbeing. I work in education and I am going to immediately trial some of the ideas to see what difference it makes - I am confident it will make a big difference.
The book is well argued and the only negative point is some dodgy proofreading allowing a few grammatical errors slip through! I would urge anyone with small children or who works with children to read the book, it really is inspirational.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! 10 Mar 2014
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Amazing book! Full of information! That really inspired me to encourage my child playing an instrument. I recommend the lecture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener! 7 Mar 2014
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This book is so important and ground breaking.

Full of facts about the child's brain development which I would not have found out otherwise.

A little repetitive in places, but I can understand why because the author draws on many scientific studies which back each other up.

Very grateful to the author for writing this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excited 28 Feb 2014
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i'm about half way through reading this book and dont want to put it down, but have to because i have a teenage son with myotonic dystrophy which gives him muscle problems, really stiff hands, he is severly dyslexic and has memory/organisation and speech and language problems and i am his carer. i am so excited by this book if only Liisa had written it 10 years ago when he was younger and it could have had a really big impact on his life and i would have kept up his piano lessons. everything that is written makes sense from what i have learnt from loads of different assessments and therapies we have had on 'our journey' to make life easier for him! and what i have learnt about the left and right side of the brain. thank you Liisa at last these ideas are being recognised now all we have to do is get schools, teachers, Local Authorities and government to understand this and we will be making real progress !!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mindblowingly dull read 23 Jan 2014
I saw the bbc breakfast news interview & liked the author & the concept & so ordered this book.
I found it extremely heavy going & ended up skim reading it in about an hour searching for the crux, the how can I do this for my child.
Moosicology is the answer but it's not here, it's a separate cd pack. I'll buy the pack as this book proves that music affects the brain of children in a hugely positive way. But u can accept this fact without reading reams & reams of scientific data. Great for scientists or people who love a book about scientific evidence but sadly not for me.

Had I have known I would just have bought the cds.

Dull. Dull. Dull. (Yawn)
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By B Clark
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The author makes a compelling argument for proper teaching of music theory. This is okay it's own right, but I had hoped for more, based on the promise to reveal the 'secret to unlocking your child's full potential'. Short of buying the moosicology package, lobbying for change in early years education, or paying for private lessons, I don't feel much wiser about how to do this.

I'd love to see this author produce a competitively priced practical guide to sit between this book and the moosicology package.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard going.
If you are interested in Moosicology this book explains the thinking process behind it. Interesting to read but if you want the interactive games go straight for the kit.
Published 3 months ago by Jj Beament
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and informative
This book is well written, easy to follow and informative and should have been written years ago - I wish my parents had read it and hope that it attracts more readers than those... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
Haven't finished reading but so far very good. It makes for very interesting reading. I'm sure I will finish it soon .
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1.0 out of 5 stars Claims to be scientific but uses the language of miracles.
As a retired research psychologist and keen musician I was intrigued by a “scientific” book about music education whose miraculous claims appeared too good to be true -... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keri Ellicott
1.0 out of 5 stars badly written
jI love reading and couldn't wait to get hold of this book because I have a child with autism and adhd who is now a brilliant musician. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A parent must read!
This is a definite read for any parent, child care giver! Lissa Henriksson - Macaulay uses the latest scientific evidence to clearly state her argument, and I have to say once I... Read more
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