Why music might be the perfect tool to decrease kids’ pandemic stress

Don’t let canceled classes get in the way of improving children’s health through music.

When COVID-19 forced schools to shut down in spring 2020—and kept many closed throughout the next school year—Susan Darrow was worried that music instruction would be left behind.

“Many schools still approach the arts and music as something that’s extra,” explains the CEO of the early childhood program Music Together. “It’s [often] the first thing to get cut.”

So when she began to receive requests from both parents and schools for music resources, she was excited to move her program’s classes online—especially since she believes that children need music now more than ever.

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