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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interactive show by Arrow gets kids into beat, boosts social, personal skills | Kearney Hub

"When children sing, they often learn faster" insist Rick Brown, Hub Staff Writer.

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Emily Arrow will present three shows of her kidlit performances in Kearney and Cozad on Thursday. “Using music is an awesome way to get kids moving and learning without even knowing it or requesting it,” Arrow said.
Photo: Emily Arrow, courtesy

“Developmentally, it can be an amazing way for children to grow their personal and social skills,” kidlit singer/songwriter Emily Arrow said. “It’s a lot easier for a kid to sometimes learn vocabulary when they’re singing it. The repetition is superhelpful for embedding new language.”

Following a beat, community building and modeling behavior — Arrow finds all of these aspects of music for children beneficial when performing in front of an audience of 3-year-olds.

“They learn to interact, to role model and to be part of a community as well as meet people around them,” the musician said.

Arrow will perform at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kearney Public Library. She also will travel to Cozad for performances at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Public Library. Admission to all shows is free.

“Using music is an awesome way to get kids moving and learning without even knowing it or requesting it,” she said.

Arrow studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she received a solid foundation. She also taught music at a private, arts-based elementary school in Los Angeles. During her time teaching, she developed her passion of collaborating with literature, art and technology.

As a performer, her strong background in music helps her concentrate on other aspects of her performance.

“It lets me be able to do the musical component without thinking,” she said. “That way, I can focus on educating the kids.”

Arrow combines music and literature, adding music to a story to enhance the experience. She often creates her shows in a way that allows children to contribute to the music.

Source: Kearney Hub