The concept of the importance of music education for babies is nothing new. Many researchers believe that music can train the brain, make it stronger, and make us smarter. But the heaviest of the research has pointed to playing music to babies to give them an early start. Often times, as early as in the womb. Can this be true? The importance of music education for babies has been shown in a variety of different ways.
Importance Of Music Education For Babies
Effects Of Music On The Brain
Music has a powerful effect on our emotions. It can lull babies to sleep, helping them get more rest and making them alert in the daytime. Listening to classical music has been shown to improve mood as well as spatial reasoning (ie- putting together a puzzle). Learning to play an instrument has been shown to strengthen hand-eye coordination, thinking skills, and focus. Listening to your favorite type of music has shown to raise levels of testosterone and increased endorphins that make us feel happy and stronger, which scientists think can help our immune systems. That’s right- listening to music can make you healthier all around!
Music makes us smarter- at least for a short time. It helps us build brain-power, which can help us be smarter.
Why is classical music best?
All music performs the functions listed above, but classical music is special. Works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, or Mozart have a more complex musical structure, which is why researchers think it primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. It can actually challenge the brain in ways other musical stylings cannot. Many women will put headphones up to their pregnant stomach for their babies’ to hear the classical music.
How do you integrate musical training into your child’s life?
It can be as simple as playing music for your child often, and various types of music, too.
Sing to your baby. Your voice is one they love and recognize, so the pitches, cadence, and other vibrations your voice makes when singing will be familiar and interesting to them. You can even start in the womb. Your baby can recognize your voice, so why not sing to your child!
Start music lessons early if you want your child to play an instrument. It’s like learning a new language- the earlier the start, the better, faster, and easier they will pick it up.
Offer them music lessons at home to get them interested early-on, and when they’re in school encourage them to take music education classes.
Also, take a look at our 3 Day Potty Training Process and How To Get Your Toddler To Sleep. When you were pregnant did you make it a point to have your baby listen to music? Do you believe in the importance of music education for babies, please share in the comments below.