Got rhythm? Study ties ability to keep beat with language, reading skills

Rhythm may not come naturally to some people. A new study suggests those people might not be great talkers either.

Scientists studied a group of high school students,and found those who were better at keeping a beat musically had superior language skills compared to their more rhythmically-challenged classmates.

The scientists say this phenomenon reflects a link between the brain’s ability to encode auditory signals — or sounds — and other brain processes that control for movement, language and reading skills.

“Rhythm is an integral part of both music and language,” study author Nina Kraus, a neurobiologist and speech researcher at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., said in a statement. “And the rhythm of spoken language is a crucial cue to understanding.”

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College Information Night Planning Beguns

We hope our readers and supporters are getting as excited for our annual College Information Night as we are. Current members of the FAAC are having a planning meeting this evening to continue working on the featured speaker and four panels.

Mark your calendars for October 13, 2014, 6:45 pm, at Howard High School. We look forward to seeing and meeting all of you.

Stunning Choreography Allows Dancer to “Fly”


Kirven Douthit-Boyd performing “Caught,” at the David H. Koch Theater last week. Andrea Mohin/The New York Times

From the New York Times:

In 1982, David Parsons made his greatest choreographic discovery: He invented a way for a dancer to fly.

“Caught,” his signature work that stars a soloist soaring through the air and a strobe light, may last only about five minutes. But this seemingly simple recipe of light and movement results in pure exhilaration. The piece is part of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s current season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Robert Battle, Ailey’s artistic director, is a former member of Parsons Dance.

Continue reading about this amazing feat of strength, stamina, and artistry here.

MIT Values the Arts and Humanities

A wonderful article from the Boston Globe points out how valuable MIT, the bastion of all things STEM, finds the arts and humanities for growing smart, talented, and innovative scientists and engineers.

Middle School Arts Information Night

Please join us on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7-8:30 pm at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia for our second annual Middle School Fine Arts Information Night.  Not only will students and parents learn the means by which to keep fine arts courses on a high school schedule for four full years, but there will be student performances, presentations, and more.  Rumor has it that there will be quite a number of exciting door prizes from local vendors, too.


2013 Teen Opportunities Fair

Teen Opportunities Fair
Sat., Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel

This free event connects teens ages 11-17 with leadership, volunteer and recreational programs in Howard County. Attend powerful presentations, see dynamic demos, and learn about great things teens can do. Get connected to opportunities in academics, art, business, community, finance, government, job skills, leadership, music, nature and outdoors, sports and theater. Learn ways to build your résumé, develop leadership skills, or just have fun.  Student leaders from the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) will share school leadership opportunities.

Parents are also welcome. For more information, contact Holly Harden at 410-313-4625 or visit

If you attended our College Information Night, you may see some familiar faces at this event, too.