"The sounds of language, not the meaning of it, are what infants first learn. It is later on that they are able to associate those sounds with what they mean. A research paper by Brandt concluded that newborns can dissect parts of sound like pitch, timbre, and rhythm. Exposure to music trains babies' brains for language comprehension and the art of speaking."
"A study in the Journal of Neuroscience found that people who have rhythmic abilities have more consistent brain responses to speech. This means that, with musical motion to rhythm such as the activities in the class for babies and toddlers, the brain becomes more attune to processing spoken language.
When it comes to remembering groups of words, such as colors, numbers, body parts or directions, language learners would improve with songs. The University of Edinburgh’s study shows an effective way of memorizing phrases, but this tool of singing new vocabulary can be great for recalling clusters of similar words." Our memory works in associative links, forming paths that connect sound to motion, emotion and event. The stronger the association, the more likely the new vocabulary or skill will remain in long term memory.
AND language is just one example of a skill that can be improved through music training. Music can help with social-emotional development, too. An earlier study by researchers Rabinowitch and Knafo-Noam showed that pairs of eight-year-olds who didn’t know each other reported feeling more close and connected with one another after a short exercise of tapping out beats in sync with each other.
Mindful touching will let your child experience rhythm embodied in their torso or limbs. In many cultures, mothers have their children strapped to them many hours of the day, and the child learns the rhythm of their walk. While few of us can afford to have that much time, we can make the best use of our time by truly being present with our baby singing to a tune, patting the beats on their back, moving their feet to bicycle motions, or even sliding them or swinging them up in motion with the beats of a song. In Music Together class, you will learn other ways to incorporate motions and music to let your child experience embodied rhythm in various ways to build musicianship.
Did you know?
Babies can hear in the womb at 19 weeks (Hepper and Shahidullah, 1994) and they learn music as they learn languages, through adult modeling and interaction. In your Music Together class, you will explore ways to make music with and for your baby, how to respond to cooing and bouncing...
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Jim and Bang Lang are licensed Music Together® Center Directors and registered Music Together teachers. They have enjoyed teaching children of all ages for 25 years. They love nurturing the love of music from infancy through retirement. They would like to increase everyone's S.Q. (Silly Quotient) with fun-filled classes. Their bios can be found on their school website below.