Is Music the Key to Success?  The New York Times thinks this through. (Spoiler alert: the answer is yes!)

Long Term Benefits to Music Lessons Another New York Times article, finding that even with a 40 year break from playing music there are still benefits from childhood lessons.

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children from the Washington Post

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain  a short TED-ed video, explaining how new science makes us understand making music and the brain (and which finds that making music is good for the brain!)

While sometimes tears are just fine when trying something hard, this article has some excellent ideas:  How to get Kids to Practice Music – Without Tears or Tantrums

Another good article on practice: 10 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Music Practice

Fascinating study from University of Texas: 8 things Top Practicers Do Differently

Here is the website where you can buy seat tiles to put on your piano bench to get a better height: Softtiles

Why music theory? This is a great take on that question: Why I should have paid more attention in music theory class