Music & The Developing Infant Brain
“A child who is moving, dancing and singing learns coordination between their eye, ear and sound early on. And the experience of participating in music education helps integrate the social, the emotional and the real context of what we’re learning.”
Music shows a positive impact on a childs developing brain through:
- vision, body awareness, and gross and fine motor skills;
- directionality—moving expressively in response to directions and use of musical instruments;
- acquisition of receptive & expressive language, voice in singing;
- cognitive abilities of memorization, sequencing, imitation, melodies, harmonies, & rhythms, dynamics, mood, form & timbre;
- ability to focus.
How you can add music into your baby's daily routine:
- Playing soothing lullaby/ classical music during nap/sleep time , it will naturally slow down their heart rate and relax them.
- Hum or sing to them in times if distress, hearing your voice and steady heartbeat will also calm and soothe.
- Sing your words when communicating whether its nappy change time, bath time, dinner time – SING SING SING your words- babies register a higher pitch and will tune in to your melodic and engaging expressive voice thus improving language acquisition.
- Move , rock, sway , gentle knee bopping and dance with them to music on the radio, the natural pulse of the movement sends signals to their brain that will help with motor movement through spatial awareness as the grow.
- Give them props like small instruments to play with building up strength in their hands & help hand eye coordination & encouraging their own musical creativity
- Stop/start freeze songs improves their auditory register , focus and creates anticipation & can provide hours if fun
- Peekaboo & nursery rhyme fun time through expressive singing & repetition instils rhythm, pitch, language and bonding time!
Music is so powerful use it daily!!!!