Building Baby's Brain: The Role of Music (continuation)

September 03, 2014

See first part of post here.

Researchers think the complexity of classical music is what primes the brain to solve spatial problems more quickly. So listening to classical music may have different  effects on the brain than listening to other types of music.

This doesn't mean that other types of music aren't good. Listening to any kind of music helps build music-related pathways in the brain. And music can have positive effects on our moods that may make learning easier.

What Can You Do?

Parents and child-care providers can help nurture children's love of music beginning in infancy. Here are some ideas:


  • Play music for the baby. Expose the baby to many different musical selections of various styles. If you play an instrument, practice when the baby is nearby. But keep the volume moderate. Loud music can damage a baby's hearing.

  • Sing to the baby. Hearing your voice helps the baby begin to learn language. Babies love the patterns and rhythms of songs. And even young babies can recognize specific melodies once they've heard them.

  • Sing with the child. As children grow, they enjoy singing with you. And setting words to music actually helps the brain learn them more quickly and  retain them longer. That's why we remember the lyrics of songs we sang as children, even if we haven't heard them in years.

  • Start music lessons early. If you want the child to learn an instrument, you don't need to wait until elementary school to begin lessons. Young children's developing brains are equipped to learn music. Most four - and five - year olds enjoy making music and can learn the basics of some instruments.

  • Encourage the child's school to teach music. Singing helps stimulate the brain, at least briefly. Over time, music education as a part of school can help build skills such as coordination and creativity. And learning music helps the child become a well-rounded person.


 

 

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