Meet the Music-Loving Solares Family, Bucktown, Chicago

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By Lela Nargi Jessica Solares and her husband, Luis, don’t just teach music in Chicago’s creative epicenter; they live music, too. Parents to 3-1/2-year-old Lucia, who attends preschool at Bucktown Academy, near the Solares’ Bucktown Music studio, the two met at Elmhurst College, where they both studied Music Business —a major Jessica describes as “odd” and also uninspiring when […]

News You Can Use: Are Music Lessons Good for Kids’ Brains?

By Lela Nargi Likely you remember a scenario like this: a young you, looking forward to dinner and TV after a long day at school, scrambling to finish your homework by dim winter’s light, only to hear your mother’s admonition, “Time to practice!” Unless you were a true music aficionado, you probably wanted nothing more […]

What Kids Really Gain from Arts Education: One Mom’s Personal Reflection

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By Lela Nargi It’s a late evening in early December and I’m sitting with my tween daughter in a stiflingly heated, baldly lit, packed-to-the gills auditorium near Coney Island, waiting for Mark Twain middle school’s winter concert to begin.  We’ve come out to see a friend of my daughter’s sing with her 7th grade choral class. […]

Cool Ideas for Keeping Preschoolers Busy on Hot Summer Days

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Summer is chock full of opportunities for entertaining and enriching little kids’  development through new experiences and activities. Check out these ideas for summer activities for the 3-5 year-old set. They’ll come in especially handy during the dog days of summer, headed our way. 1.  No-Stress, No Mess Water Play No pool or even a […]