The three key benefits of doing music with your baby
- Brain development: Musical activity exercises the brain – when a baby listens to or sings along with nursery rhymes, both sides of her brain are accessed at the same time. Adding movement to this boosts mind-body brain development as well.
- Language and communication development: Music prepares the ear and brain to listen to, assimilate and produce sounds. Songs and rhymes teach baby new words, increasing his vocabulary. Action songs such as finger plays help baby attach words to meanings.
- Musical development: Regular participation in musical activities during the early childhood years, will assist your child’s future development musical development.
Musical skills in early childhood
Starting baby early is a great way to fast track the future development of musical skills such as:
- A musical ear
- Confidence using their singing voice
- A sense of beat (the steady pulse) and rhythm (the duration of sounds)
- A sense of pitch (how high or low a note is)
- An understanding of other musical elements such as dynamics (loud and soft), tempo (fast and slow), form and tone colour.
Active music making offers the greatest benefits
‘Active’ music making is very different to putting on a CD while your baby plays or goes to sleep. It includes a range of activity types which are all covered in my structured 8 Week Babies Music Program.
- Say Sing Do - live singing/ saying (by you) of traditional songs and rhymes that have been passed down from generation to generation; action songs demonstrated by you, which connect words to actions.
- Listen and Move - listening to a variety of musical styles and moving to the music ie. you move baby’s body parts or hold him in your arms as you move and dance so that he can feel the rhythm of the music.
- Play Our Instruments - working together with your infant to play percussion instruments, taking turns and keeping the beat.
- Musical Play - incorporating props such as bubbles, scarves, feathers etc into music activities provides baby with a multi-sensory experience (ie. her sense of hearing and sense of sight). These activities also show baby that music is participatory and fun which helps both her musical and social development.
- Lullabies - sung by you will help soothe your baby and make him feel secure.
- Welcome and Goodbye Songs - the repetition of these songs lets baby know what to expect and helps her learn about about greetings ie. saying hello and waving goodbye
Research on music and babies
Research also supports the benefits of music activities for babies. Studies have shown that babies who experience music interactively with their parents:
- Smile more
- Are easier to soothe
- Develop better early communication skills (ie. pointing at objects, waving goodbye)
- Develop earlier sensitivity to the pitch structure in music
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