Music and Your Baby

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Music, noun – an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the

elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. {from, Dictionary.com}.

My 7-month-old daughter, Lizzie, shaking a maraca and banging a drum.
My 7-month-old daughter, Lizzie, shaking a maraca and banging a drum.
So, how does music affect early childhood development?  Whether its singing to your child at home or listening to the radio in the car, music is or can be a part of your baby’s daily routine.  Studies have shown that music can help increase cognitive development as well as gross motor skills.  As babies, our children rely on us to experience the world around them.  They still need our help to explore their 5 senses. We as parents, act as vessels of learning so our children can flourish and grow as intellectual beings.  Music stimulates the brain and the senses often resulting in bodily movements as a response to the sounds your baby hears.  In fact, your child already has a natural excitement for music and movement!
In the past two months, my daughter Lizzie and I have had the privilege of attending a few classes with
In the past two months, my daughter Lizzie and I have had the privilege of attending a few classes with Music Together of Fairfield County. They offer a variety of classes for a multitude of ages including babies. Our first class was the Spring semester where we experienced a class with 3 other babies between the ages of 4-8 months old. The teacher was wonderful. She has a beautiful voice and a resinating guitar that is simply enchanting. Lizzie loved sitting on my lap and watching the teacher sing the songs and engage us all in different musical and movement activities. When Lizzie first started the class she was only just beginning to figure out how to grasp objects and play with a few of her toys.  After her first class, she was abe to grasp a rattle and shake it!  Her ability to recognize rhythm and musical tones and translate them into patterned movements, such as shaking maracas and banging on drums, is slowly improving as we go to each one of her classes.
The focus of Music Together is based on the BASIC MUSIC TOGETHER PHILOSOPHY  which states that:

1.      All children are musical.

2.     Therefore, all children can achieve basic music competence. CMYC defines basic  music competence as audiation and expression of meter by rhythmically accurate movement and tonality by in-tune singing.

3.      The participation and modeling of parents and caregivers, regardless of their musical ability, is essential to a child’s musical growth.

4.     This growth is best achieved in a playful, developmentally appropriate, non-performance-oriented learning environment which is musically rich yet immediately accessible to the child’s—and the adult’s!—participation.

 

Lizzie and I are looking forward to continuing with her musical education with Music Together of Fairfield County and we hope that some of you will join us for the summer session!

*Complementary classes were provided in exchange for this review.  The opinions expressed here are 100% the author’s own.  For more information on classes, enrollment, and the Music Together program, please click here!

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