Joyful Noise, Joyful Children!


Did you know that listening to music can make children happier? The brain reacts emotionally to music. One of the first things that babies understand is emotion and by ten months old most babies can understand if a song or melody is sad or happy. These sounds change their mood.


What is a happy song? It’s typically in a major key and is made up of short melodies that are often repeated. They tend to have a bouncy cadence and the melodies climb the scale upward.

A review of 23 studies by Bradt & Dileo (in 2009) involving almost 1,500 people found music helped to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety in heart disease patients. Those are some pretty great benefits. So give it a try! Have music playing in the background when your children are playing or relaxing. Start off with 15 minute sessions and increase up to a half an hour for a few weeks. See if you notice a positive change in your child’s mood.

Encourage your child to sing in the choir or take music lessons at a young age. No one ever regrets learning how to play an instrument and making joyful noise.


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Kris Manning

Kris Manning

That Girl Drummer, Kris Manning, is a percussionist with over 30 years experience playing music. From rock and blues to classical and world, she happily plays it all.  

Her background includes a Percussion Performance Degree from the University of Connecticut and Music Composition Studies from the Hartt School of Music. She has toured Russia with John Beck and 13 percussionists from the Percussive Arts Society. She has also studied marimba with Leigh Howard Stevens and was one of the winners of the Concerto Competition at the University of Connecticut in 1990.

Kris's teaching style is open and accepting, playing to each student's strengths.  She draws out the natural abilities from each student by helping them develop their own personal style and by making learning fun!  

Kris specializes in cajon, drum set, orchestral percussion and mallet instruments. She currently gigs in Charleston, SC with various bands and teaches several students piano & drum lessons. You can catch her live in the Charleston area every week.  To find out more go to  Kris is co-founder of The Music Battery a 501c3 non-profit charity for kids and co-owner of Black Tie Music Academy.

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