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Lisa Foley and daughter Brynnley experienced playing instruments together at “Making Music, Praying Twice,” a new music program for the very young, held at St. Henry's School. Marie Nitke/FOCUS

Born to sing (and play)

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According to Ann Dardis, “We’re all born with the abilities of a future concert symphony player.”

Most of us lose that inborn ability as we get older, but the odds of maintaining it go way up, Dardis says, if it’s nurtured from a young age. For the same reasons that young children are easily able to pick up a second language if they’re raised in a bi-lingual household, they’re able to learn the language of music if it’s a regular part of their lives from an early age.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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