Coming Fall 2023
What is Smart Start?
Smart Start is a program that uses music, supported by other art forms, to teach the
cognitive skills of attention, memory, perception, and cognitive flexibility to young
What are cognitive skills?
Cognitive skills are the basic mental abilities that support us in our everyday activities.
Skills such as attention, memory, perception, and cognitive flexibility are crucial both to
daily tasks and special projects, and help us in activities as varied as reading,
mathematics, planning, games, and socialization.
Why teach cognitive skills? don't children just pick those up?
Research shows that cognitive skills can be developed from a very early age, and that
music is one of the very best ways to help develop these skills. Children who learn
these skills do better in every sphere of their lives, and research shows that starting
early is associated with better cognitive skills.