September 28, 201
7:30 PM
McCall Middle School

Music-Making and Your Child's Developing Mind*

How does musical training during youth impact the development of other mental abilities, such as language, attention, and social behavior?

New research from cognitive and brain science are providing more information about the many benefits for children who participate in music activities. In this one hour presentation, Tufts Professor, Dr. Ani Patel, will describe current research findings, which provide empirical support for the importance of active music-making during the school years.

Dr. Aniruddh Patel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University, where he conducts research on the relationship between music and language. He has many publications on the topic, and has served as president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.


*This program is appropriate for parents and guardians with children of all ages, but particularly relevant for pre-school through early teens.

Co-sponsored with the Winchester Community Music School


September 28, 2016

7:30 PM

McCall Middle School Auditorium



November 2, 2016

7:00 PM

WHS Auditorium


New York Times Columnist, Educator and Best-Selling Author, Jessica Lahey, will discuss her lates book,

The Gift of Failure

How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed


Modern parenting is defined by an unprecedented level of overprotectiveness: parents who rush to school at the whim of a phone call to deliver forgotten assignments, who challenge teachers on report card disappointments, mastermind children’s friendships, and interfere on the playing field. As teacher and writer Jessica Lahey explains, even though these parents see themselves as being highly responsive to their children’s well being, they aren’t giving them the chance to experience failure—or the opportunity to learn to solve their own problems.


Ms. Lahey provides a path toward solutions and most importantly sets forth a plan to help parents learn to step back and embrace their children’s failures.


Co-sponsored with the Winchester Coalition For A Safer Community


November 2, 2016,

7:00 PM

WHS Auditorium



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