Music, Music, Music

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 by from Baby Steps

toddler with headphones

I noticed it within days of bringing my little girl home. Whenever I sang, something happened. Sometimes she stopped crying, sometimes it seem to bring her comfort and security. Sometimes, it just made me happy (and weepy).

I’m not one of those people who have “a voice.” You know, “a voice” as in, one that you actually want to listen to. However, I do enjoy singing. I love to make up songs. Sometimes they rhyme. Many times, they don’t. I’m delighted that I finally have a captive audience who seems to really enjoy my “talent.”

Where am I going here?

Well, the first stop is the importance of music in your child’s life. The importance of music in their development.

Do you know that research has confirmed that exposure to music (i.e. lullaby music) can help premature infants develop? (Mozart Effect the Effect of Music on Premature Babies)

The benefits of music don’t stop there. At an early age, an infant’s developmental path for learning musical rhythm is similar to that used in developing language and speech.  Rhythm in music, pattern and beat, are very similar to rhythm, pattern, and beat in language. Language rapidly develops in late infancy and throughout toddlerhood.  Music may be another tool in promoting this rapidly developing skill.   Rhythm and beat also provide opportunities for movement (don’t you love to watch an infant or young child “bob” to the music), which support children’s acquisition of gross motor development.

Are you still thinking you can’t sing?

The bottom line is that your child won’t care. They love your voice. They love it most because it is you. It’s the sound they’ve been listening to ever since they were a “bean” in your belly.

However, I know what you mean. So does my husband for that matter. At times, we all need a source for some “good” music.

Great news. Pandora – free, internet radio (www.pandora.com/#/) – has launched children’s music. They’ve made it easy to get started. Instead of trying to find an artist that you and your kiddo may dig, you can simply tune into one of their stations (read more about those here: blog.pandora.com/pandora/archives/2010/02/childrens-music.html). Once you tune in, you can then give a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” as you hear music and, over a period of time, build a station that you and your family will truly love.

Whether you do the singing or tune in, do it. It’s a definite for your kid – both for fun and their development.

 

 

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Jeannie Fleming-GiffordAuthor

Jeannie Fleming-Gifford is a mama to one little lady, freelance writer, and the director of education for a non-profit community school of the arts. Graduating with a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in Child Development, Jeannie began her career in quality child development programs as a teacher, then moved into creative administrative roles with science centers, symphony orchestras and arts programs. Owner of 170+ year old house, Jeannie loves living in small town America where walks to the park and ... More

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