Researchers at McMaster University have discovered that very early musical training benefits children even before they can walk or talk. They found that one-year-old babies who are involved in interactive music classes with their parents smile more often, communicate better and show earlier and more refined brain responses to music.
1. Music Supports Early Stages of Language Development - Vocal play is a pivotal part of babies language development. Cooing and babbling are all part of it. During music class, babies practice using their breath and facial muscles to make sounds. They also experience waiting and responsing, which mimicks conversation. Babies may also develop better memories and listening skills, which are vital to learning language.
2. Music lets babies experience patterns - Patterns help babies connect to and explore the world. Dr. Patricia Kuhl states, "All music involves patterns, so the effects we see in the baby brain could hold true for all music. We think infants in the music group learned to detect patterns and that pattern perception is really important for learning, not only in music but broadly."
3. Music and movement develop motor skills - Researchers have found that babies in music classes showed better early communication skills, like pointing at objects that are out of reach, or waving goodbye. Babies are exposed to a large variety of motions throughout a single class, such as clapping, shaking intruments, waving, and jumping with their caregiver.
4. Music Helps Babies Gain Active Listening Skills- Like reading, singing is an activity that requires listening. It's another opportunity for your baby to begin to understand language and feelings expressed through language and sing-play. Babies enhance thier discriminatory listening skills and learn to tune into important sounds, and tune-out distractions.
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