Retail Price: $14.95
Published December, 1999
â€¢ Table of Contents
This wonderful book will help parents learn how to use music and sound to enrich their childrenâ€™s lives. The bookâ€™s goal is to raise Sound Awareness and to assist parents in creating family harmony and strengthening lifelong bonds. Nurturing Your Child With Music offers sound ideas to assist young children in getting to sleep, relaxation, stimulation, enhancing creativity and coordination, and developing musical interest. It also introduces many musical games and activities to bring families together.
The following list includes the â€œlabeled" exercises that appear throughout Nurturing Your Child With Music. Hundreds of additional exercises appear as examples, or within the text itself.
Early Childhood Connections: Winter 2001
â€œNurturing Your Child with Music is a hands-on, practical guide for parents of children from the prenatal months through age 12. With a bow to the Suzuki method of music education, Dr. Ortiz explains that his book is designed with a less-structured approach to music awareness and is organized into chapters according to activity and stage of development. Rather than an academic discussion of the function of music in learning, this is a handbook of practical ideas with short explanations of their usefulness. While written with parents in mind, it would be just as valuable to preschool and elementary teachers, daycare and after-school care teachers, music therapists, and anyone else who works with children."
â€œIn addition to the expected sections on movement activities and bedtime music, there are also chapters on using music to explore self-esteem, family history, holiday celebrations, doing chores, and calming and relaxing oneself. Each chapter contains activity themes and exercises to do with that theme, with 'Music Menus' included with each activity. Each exercise delineates its purpose, needed materials, appropriate ages, and steps to accomplishing the activity--a layout that makes it easy for teachers or caregivers to include music activities in the day's planning. Activity plans also include optional variations and other suggestions that allow parents or teachers to consider and make their own applications."
â€œOrtiz also includes 'Sound Suggestions,' which are comments on the use of sound (not necessarily music) in a child's environment. Many parents and teachers may find the most valuable feature of the book to be the Music Menus. Ortiz has organized 31 lists of music suggestions--from classical to pop to contemporary children's entertainers. The menus accompany each activity chapter and range from 'Music for Learning Math,' and 'Music about Historical Characters' to 'Travel Tunes' and 'Bubble-Bath Tunes."
â€œAs an example of the structure of the book, in the chapter 'Music and Language Acquisition' Ortiz describes the stages of language development from birth and includes the level of sound awareness found at each stage. He then lists Sound Suggestions and exercises for developing speech and language, as well as musical awareness. This chapter includes Music Menus for alphabet and phonics, for developing speech and language, nursery rhymes, learning foreign languages, and sing-alongs."
â€œAdditional Music Menus are found in an appendix and include a glossary of popular music styles, a list of pop artists by decade from the 50s to the 90s (with a warning to parents to screen the tunes for appropriate lyrics), 50 selected children's music titles with a brief review of each, and the 'Top 100 super-great all-time car sing-along oldies' menu. An appendix of general resources includes a bibliography, a list of family-oriented and music-related websites, a listing of music-related associations and resource centers, and a listing of some music and psychology-related journals."
â€œNurturing Your Child with Music deserves a place on the bookshelf of every parent, teacher, music therapist or caregiver who wants to include music in the daily life of a child. However, I suspect it would not spend much time on the shelf."
Monitors: The Examiner -
â€œParents and their children are works of art, who are constantly in the process of becoming," says Ortiz, â€œWe all make mistakes...just play on!"
The Irish Times:
November 10, 2000
â€œNurturing Your Child with Music is an inspiring book and essential for every parent's bookshelf."
The NAPRA Review:
â€œMy favorite suggestion was the idea that every time we call out our children's names, we say them consciously, reminding ourselves that these are precious lives we've helped bring into the world. Many, many age appropriate sound and musical activities for families, with lists of music of all types and for all occasions, are contained in this creative offering by a clinical psychologist and musicologist. We're looking forward to the companion CD!"(Author's note: Two new accompanying CDs: â€œIt's Sleepy Time! and Turning Daydreams into Dreams: A Bedtime Story are now available! Please visit: Products)
Stage Left: October 2000
There's also a section designed to look after parents' needs, pointing out that as they work to compose family harmony, they must also fine-tune themselves. Siblings, grandparents and friends are all involved in the author's quest to help us tune into healthy and positive vibrations so that we can enjoy more fulfilling, happy, smart and confident lives.
As well as being an interesting read, this is a workbook that will keep the entire family busy. When you've finished doing all the exercises â€” and there a lot! â€” you can read all the books the author recommends. Check out the family oriented web sites he suggests, and do a chart on a musical day in the life of your children. Phew!"
Astir: October 2000
â€œIn Nurturing Your Child with Music John Ortiz effectively introduces ways through which the power of music will nurture children by raising their sound awareness. Easy-to-do exercises and activities bring sound and music into parenting and family life. Selected 'Musical Menus' of both popular and classic children's tunes and family favorites help children develop a range of skills and develop self-esteem, relax, communicate and listen, or simply enjoy themselves."
The Midwest Book Review: July 2000
â€œNurturing Your Child with Music is recommended for any parent who wants a starting point for musical education."
Ukiah Daily Journal: February 24, 2000
â€œI am intrigued by this easy to read, self-help book, since I intuitively felt the need to have music time while I was pregnant. Here is a book loaded with ideas for using music for stimulation, relaxation, learning rhythm, building self-confidence and esteem. This book should be given to every new expectant couple."
& Health: January 2000
â€œDr. Ortiz has created
another user-friendly guidebook for parents that hits all the right notes!
Here are exercises and recommendations for using music in the home for
infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, and school-age children. The author
is an entertaining master-of -ceremonies as he presents a smorgasbord
of tunes that will help kids develop their academic skills, raise their
self-esteem, enjoy exercise, get to sleep, and improve communication and
listening skills. I was glad to see a section on music for prenatal experiences.
On 31 â€˜Music Menus,â€™ Dr. Ortiz puts on display his impressive knowledge
of selections with hundreds of recommended titles. I also enjoyed the
â€˜Sound Bytesâ€™ that appear throughout the book such as â€˜A
tune a day many not keep the doctor away, but it may help to cut down
on medical visits.â€™
Since music of any type is a vehicle that activates
soul, Nurturing Your Child is a spiritual resource that will enhance
the inner life of any family."
Magazine - Parenting Section: February 2000
â€œThe Menus consist of collections that can be made by taping parts of the various compilations Ortiz mentions. For instance, to teach a child to be more aware of sounds in general, he lists albums for toddlers and preschoolers that range from â€˜Bump in the Nightâ€™ by Jim Comings to â€˜The Teddy Bearsâ€™ Picnicâ€™ by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. The list of recommendations to help preschoolers and school-age children be more aware of sound is just as thorough and includes old-time fairy tales such as â€˜Jack and the Beanstalkâ€™ to modern-day recordings including â€˜The Lion Kingâ€™ and a â€˜Rugratsâ€™ record."
â€œBedtime examples range from a simple metronome if a child is restless or has â€˜too many thoughtsâ€™ to thirty-minute tapes of â€˜soothingâ€™ music (including Bob Carlisle's â€˜Butterfly Kissesâ€™ and â€˜Barneyâ€™s Sleepytime Songsâ€™) for toddlers who are beyond the point where rocking in a parentâ€™s lap puts them out for the night. Older children will like having control over what to listen to and may fall asleep to a favorite radio show. Ortiz lists the amount of sleep children of different ages should get and addresses the importance of bedtime routines and time to â€˜wind down,â€™ as well as reading before bed."
â€œThe chapters are designed to stand on their own so if a child wonâ€™t do his chores, skip right to chapter eleven, â€˜With a Little Help from My Kids,â€™ for music to inspire tooth-brushing and putting toys away (use made-up lyrics or use the ones provided) and motivate the child to help around the house."
â€œDonâ€™t despair about
listening to another â€˜Chipmunkâ€™sâ€™ volume, Ortiz emphasizes that the menus
are just suggestions. If parents like a particular type of music, they
should go ahead and play it for the children, too. Different types of
music suit different needs, so if karaeoke to Jimmy Buffettâ€™s â€˜Margaritavilleâ€™
gets a child off the couch, then play it."
to My Ears" and Mind: February 2000
â€œWhile playing pop music at nigth-clubs during the â€™60â€™s, Ortiz noticed that if he played mellow or rowdy music, the songs elicited the same results from the crowd â€” the vibrations of the music reflected a personâ€™s internal state. For example, your students who listen to Metallica or Marilyn Manson may be more high strung than those who mellow out to jazz."
â€œHe used the premise that all kids have an interest in music at one level or another while employed as a therapist in his first job at the Florida State Hospitalâ€™s Adolescent Unit. Ortiz believed that recognizing their interest in music could help establish relationships with adolescent patients. In fact, even â€˜self esteem can be a product of the tone of voice or volume of speech in what you say to young people,â€™ explained Ortiz. His book, Nurturing Your Child with Music: How Sound Awareness Creates Happy, Smart and Confident Children, was recently published by Beyond Words Publishing, Hillsboro, Oregon, this past January 2000. Based on more than twenty years of research, clinical work and consultations, the book is written in a fun, practical style for parents, caregivers, teachers and counselors interested in fresh, creative ideas and techniques to help nurture and educate children up to age twelve. The book explores how one can use particular types of music to motivate, to lift depression, to facilitate time management â€” even to alleviate procrastination!"
â€œAccording to his research, â€˜pulse rate, heart rate and breathing slow down with musical influences,â€™ said Ortiz. â€˜When you read how Mozart makes you smart, it is somewhat misleading,â€™ he shared. Each body has its own way to synch to the music. To improve learning, Ortiz recommends background music from the baroque period (1600-1750) from Bach, Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann (composer dating actually from before the time of Mozart). These largo movements from string concertos are very structured, slow, soothing marches which â€˜workâ€™ for most western cultures that have strong American and European influences. However, he makes clear, this is not the solution for us all. For example, Indian and Chinese cultures, which have different cultural rhythms from Western cultures, in essence â€˜march to the tune of different drummersâ€™."
â€œHis first book,
The Tao of Music: Sound Psychology, is available in English, Portuguese
and German and has generated cross cultural, worldwide acclaim from places
as far as Korea, England, Russia, Australia and Japan."
â€œIn this creative,
exciting book, Psychologist, Musician, and Composer John M. Ortiz blends
music, sound, and psychology presenting a variety of opportunities for
parents to bond with their children and introduce them to the life-long
joys of music."
and meticulously organized, Nurturing Your Child with Music provides
parents with a wealth of creative ideas for developing
Your Child with Music Dr. Ortiz provides parents, teachers and clinicians
alike with a practical, time efficient parenting guide that offers a wealth
of creative techniques and timely ideas for promoting family harmony."
The following endorsements were taken from Amazon.com's and Barnes & Noble's â€œCustomer Reviews" sections. Complete reviews are cited.
A â€˜Brain Gymâ€™ Soundtrack
â€œThis book is
an excellent resources for both parents and educators who deal with both
mainstream and challenged populations. For those of us interested in gaining
from the benefits of the latest brain research, or 'brain-compatible strategies,'
without having to sort through the theoretical concepts or scientific
research that often make these books cumbersome this book is the answer.
The author â€“ a clinical psychologist with actual experience in these
shares with us his years of research and professional experience in a
very handy, ready to use volume that provides hundreds of fun, useful,
on exercises. Each chapter also thoughtfully provides dozens of
musical suggestions based on songs that our kids actually listen to and
recognize. the amount of research that must have gone into this
book boggles the mind. This is an offering
from someone who not only KNOWS children, but also loves and cherishes
them. If you are fortunate enough to attend one of Dr.
Ortiz' workshops on this topic you will be further enriched and enchanted
by his charm, knowledge and humor."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
The â€œFamily Effect"
you are a parent, educator, caregiver, therapist, or anyone who is involved
with children from firth through twelve this book is an indispensable
gift â€” both for yourself and your child.
This is a 'self-& others' help book with all the merits of a true
classic. The stories used to illustrate true life examples are as
compelling and joyful reading as any of the best from the 'Chicken Soup'
series. These stories, however, come packaged together with exercises
and tons of suggested popular songs for just about any situation a caregiver
can imagine. There are musical alternatives here for helping children
dealing with low self-esteem, sadness, anger, hyperactivity, tantrums,
poor social skills and the lot. There are also excellent, EXCELLENT ideas
(LOTS of them!) for strengthening family ties and creating lifelong bonds
among family members. This book is a joyful surprise."
Five Stars - Barnes & Noble
â€œAs both an
educator serving hundreds of children over the past 12 years, and a mother
of three, I have found this sensational, practical
book a wonderful resource. Parents, teachers and caregivers
will find in this well organized, clearly written book a wealth of information
for situations that all of us who nurture children encounter throughout
our daily interactions. A true, sensitive delight filled with hundreds
of user-friendly exercises, fresh ideas and insights into how the world
sounds to children today."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
A â€œmust" for parents seeking musical appreciation for kids
awareness can foster happy, confident children: this provides a guide
for parents who want to create nurturing sound environments for kids.
From listening to harmony in the home and choosing different types of
music to choosing CDs for parties, car trips and other atmospheres Nurturing
Your Child With Music is recommended for any parent who wants a starting
point for musical education."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
We give it an â€œA!"
â€œSix weeks ago
today my best friend in the world gave me a copy of this book as a birthday
gift. Since then, it has become known as 'that book' â€” such as 'where
is that book?' â€” around our home. A month ago our family drove down
to Disney World and "that book" provided solid entertainment
for the entire family. We laughed, we sang, we had a ball. 'That book'
made it easy. A couple of weeks ago my ten year old daughter had a birthday
party, games and music played all compliments of 'that book.' Last week,
my fourteen year old son wrote a paper for school titled: 'Musical Ideas
for Improving Family Relations.' His main resource were 'that book' and
a number of the family-friendly internet sites recommended in the appendix.
He got an 'A.' So does 'this book!' "
Five Stars - Barnes and Noble
What a joy to read!
this book for my daughter, Tracey, and my granddaughters, Ali Jordyn,
2 & 1/2),, and Kacey Claire (1). Tracey has always incorporated
music in her life and now her daughters. I found the book innovative
and enjoyable. Dr. Ortiz writes in layperson's
language, thereby giving the reader more understanding of content and
the knowledge to follow through. AJ and KR REALLY LOVE MUSIC
and thanks to Dr. Ortiz's book Tracey has expanded their music therapy.
Dr. Ortiz should consider writing children's stories."
Five Stars - Barnes and Noble
Love kids? Youâ€™ll LOVE this book!
â€œI am a mother of three children, two boys and one girl, ages three, six and eleven. As an avid reader and consumer of parenting books and magazines I just want to say that this is the most wonderful, family oriented book I've run across since our firstborn. Having just found out that we are expecting our fourth child (!!!) we will be able to use this book from cover to cover (it covers children ages pre-birth through 12) to help each of our children to learn to appreciate music and develop their potential from very fresh perspectives."
â€œThis book is a priceless resource for parents looking for fresh, new ways to educate and entertain their children. This is a very well organized, easy to read book that has hundreds of musical (and sound) ideas for family oriented occasions and activities. More importantly, however, it suggests many unique ways of speaking with, and listening to our children to help promote their self-esteem, avoid unnecessary conflicts, and develop good social skills."
â€œMy favorite part?
This is not just another book suggesting that parents use classical music
for everything under the sun. Although classical music is surely covered,
parents will delight to learn of the many ways that the music many of
us grew up loving â€” pop, rock, jazz, country, soul...from 50's rock through
90's hip-hop â€” can be used in nurturing ways we never imagined! (and it
costs less than a single CD!)"
Five Stars - Amazon.com
You Canâ€™t Judge a bookâ€¦
â€œThe old saying, â€˜you canâ€™t a judge a book by the coverâ€™ surely applies to this book. Why anyone would wrap this marvelous, inspiring book around such a dime-store cover is beyond me! From beginning to end this book is a parent's delight. Rainy out? The good doctorâ€™s book will give you plenty of ideas on how to keep the kids happy. Kids canâ€™t get to sleep? Good doctor to the rescue with musical ways to get them to fall â€˜soundâ€™ asleep. Kids having problems with memorizing their lesson plan? Now, where is that book!?"
â€œI picked this
little gem up just three week ago and we have already (a) made our own
personal audio-graphs, (b) put together three â€˜entrainmentâ€™ tapes
(for exercise, studying, and sleeping), and (c) gone on two â€˜sound hunts.â€™
Three kids and 10 years later we thought we were
all out of ideas but, if fresh, fun ideas and goodâ€¦sound advice is what
you are looking for, this bookâ€™s gotâ€™em! Like I said before,
â€˜you canâ€™t judge a book by the cover!"
Five Stars - Amazon.com
â€œI am the mother
of a new born and a 3-year old handicapped child. Dr. Ortizâ€™s new book
has been a godsend for me. Not only has it helped
my new born, it has worked miracles with my handicapped child.
It is amazing how soothing music can calm the screaming child. The techniques
in Dr. Johnâ€™s book are easy to follow and fun to try. Dr. Ortiz has given
me a wonderful gift, an appreciation of music."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
An excellent gift for caring parents and teachers!
â€œAs a father, and
University professor, this easy to follow book is a creative remedy for
sore eyes. In a well-written and immaculately organized style, Dr.
Ortiz tackles common day situations that all parents face at one time
or another. In the introduction he gives all parents a handy reference
section that explains the effects of sound and music throughout each stage
of a child's development, from conception through the age of
twelve. He then explains a number of fun, time efficient ways through
which all sorts of sounds can be used to help each child to develop positive
skills in essential areas such as listening, communication, relationships
and many others. This process is repeated throughout the book covering
topics that will delight every parent, as well as teachers and anyone
else who has a child's best interest at heart. The areas he covers, such
as relaxation for hyperactive children and raising self-esteem are great
complements to the hundreds of exercises that all of us who invest in
our children's wellbeing and happiness will celebrate and appreciate."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
A must read for parents and educators!
Child with Music by John Ortiz fills what, to now, was a significant
void in every parent's and educator's bookshelf. The topics he addresses;
speech and language, listening and learning styles, relaxation and stimulation,
restlessness at bed time, the development of confidence and a positive
self-identity, and others are ones that all of us involved in raising
or educating children struggle with throughout their crucial periods of
development. His sensible approaches and unique
ways of using both music and sound to help children conquer these life
events are exemplary. Later in the book he shares a large number
of witty exercises and techniques to get children involved in areas such
as helping with household chores, building â€˜soundâ€™ relationships with
their elders and peers, and using a wide spectrum of musical styles (classical
as well as pop, jazz, new age, childrenâ€™s, world beat, country & western
and many others) for spicing up family time be it the home, the playroom,
or the road. His list of resources, including family oriented music, books,
parenting organizations, and even internet sites is the most comprehensive
I've seen in any parenting book. I recommend this book very highly to
both parents and educators."
Five Stars - Amazon.com
Help at last!
â€œAs a parent of
three, and elementary school teacher, this excellently written, superbly
structured and practical book is a godsend for both parents and educators.
The chapters are delicately crafted and stand on their own, making it
very simple to chose from among the hundreds of ideas and exercises designed
to help a child's (from birth through age 12) development in a number
of essential areas (self-esteem, listening, getting to sleep, reducing
stress, dealing with loss, learning, etc, etc!) A
MUST for every parentâ€™s â€” and teacherâ€™s â€” bookshelf!"
Five Stars - Amazon.com