As parents, we have all heard and read that music has a profound impact on a child's development. We are often told that music enhances math performance or other scholastic endeavors. However, the majority of the benefits of early music exposure are much more personal.
Studies have shown that the cry of a newborn infant mimic sounds heard in the womb. This is the first communication between mother and child. If nurtured, a parent and child can develop an amazing emotional connect based on sound alone. Babies respond to the varied sounds of their parent's voice, rhythmically and tonally. Their responses are animated and enthusiastic. From the beginning, Infants have a great capacity for learning music. However, the importance of this is not only to give them a leg up in academics. They develop interpersonal skills, body and spacial awareness, and coordination. Most importantly, young children experience deep emotional rewards.
There are many ways to expose your child to the benefits of music:
Sing to your child:
They love your voice, even if you don't.
Expose them to a variety of musical styles:
Search the web for the many radio stations that stream online. You'll find everything from Island to Electronica. Your child's tastes may surprise you!
Take them to hear live music:
Try a free concerts at the park, UPS, or the Tacoma Farmers Markets. You can always leave after 10 minutes if your child has the wiggles.
Explore the many textures of sounds around your home:
The running water for the bath, the doorbell, kitchen utensils. Mimic the sounds and encourage your child to do the same.
If you wish you to experience the benefits of music in a group setting, try a local Kindermusik class. Minuet Studio offers music classes and activities for children newborn to 7 yrs. You and your child will receive the benefits of music weekly while getting to know other families in your community.
For more info. visit: www.minuetstudio.com