Resources by Missy Strong

Dr. Missy Strong has been a full time music educator since 1995. She is Director of Children's Music Education at Tenth and enjoys making music together with her husband and four children.

As we begin to consider building a “musical environment” for the family, it seems logical to start with our youngest family members. Did you know that infants are able to attend to, and even store, musical information in both their short and long-term memory? God has created them in such a way that they can process music as they receive it from their environment. Infants are able to distinguish differences between…

You might be surprised to learn that children acquire the most basic musical elements when they simply receive normal levels of exposure to music in the early years. This is a result of genetics and environment interacting together. Both musically trained and untrained people show the ability to acquire musical skills. Regardless of the quality of musical environment, most people eventually achieve the ability to sing, at least at a…

If I convinced you in Part 1 of this post that you have been given some amount of musical potential by God, your next question might be, “Now what?” Maybe you’re wondering what the best way is to nurture and strengthen this potential in the early years of your own child’s life. How do children become musical, and what part do caregivers and families play in this process?

I will sing of steadfast love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will make music. Psalm 101:1 ESV

Do you feel that music just isn't for you, that it's not your thing? Well, if you answered any varying degree of "Yes!!" I'm here to sing you a different story. A story of how God has actually equipped you to make music to and for him. Whether…