Music And Your Baby’s Brain

boy playing guitarParents rapidly learn that shakers turn out to be their baby’s favorite toys. Singing a lullaby will rapidly lull their babies to sleep. Obviously, there is a relationship between music and your baby’s brain.

What parents might not understand is that these melodic foundations are changing the brain of their infant in ways that will nurture them all through their lives.

Several studies conducted by psychologists examining the association between music and brain growth in young children, all found that premature exposure to music enhances abilities in several other areas, including arithmetic and language.

Research suggests that music has a positive impact on the physical growth of premature babies and can promote serenity in infants.

Synapses Are Formed In Early Childhood

The initial three years of the life of a baby are the most important for brain growth. While the brain of a newborn baby is only 25 % of its mature weight, by the age of three years, the brain grows dramatically and constructs connections, known as synapses, between its many cells.

The synapses employed for classical music are akin to those employed for spatial and chronological reasoning, which are talents required for arithmetic. Just listening to classical music can activate the synapses.

The Mozart Effect

A study published in a magazine in the year 1993 examined college students who showed improved intelligence following exposure to music by Mozart.

The Mozart Effect was interpreted to suggest listening to classical music made people and even babies smarter, but investigations done by psychologists solidified the idea that early exposure to music develops cognitive abilities.

Learning Music Helps Even More

These psychologists discovered preschoolers who took music lessons performed better at spatial and chronological way of thinking tasks than those who was given computer lessons.

As this research is derived from preschool children, successive studies suggest similar benefits can be seen by exposing kids to music during their baby years, when their brains are growing the most.

They also suggest that listening to classical music offers only provisional benefits, whereas musical lessons has more enduring effects, since it in fact creates new paths in the brain.

Music And Education

The Texas University’s Center for Music Learning at Austin, found that babies can classify acoustic stimuli. Their study showed babies at the age of seven months could distinguish resonance and tune and could identify a tune when played on a single musical device.

Singing is a perfect way to promote language growth, and the examination of words and poems in the course of a known tune increases memory. The brain of an infant is not completely developed at birth, and requires a sensory key to the cells to construct and connect synapses.

Music offers an acoustic means of stimulus that can also carry enriching concepts, for example, language, which will grow as a baby acquires cognitive skills.

So now that you know how music benefits your baby’s brain, do you plan to expose your child to music or give them lessons? Share with us in the comments below and let us know.

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