When our first daughter, Christine, was born in South Africa in 2003, we discovered some beautiful education books and Cd’s. One of my favorites was the Little Einstein and Baby Mozart series. My post today is about the effects of music on our little ones’ brains, and some of the ways that we can introduce them to the joys and benefits of music.
I’m sure that most people have heard about the Mozart effect, the idea that listening to classical music can increase one’s intelligence. While research into this topic has not been entirely conclusive as of yet (experiments show that most people show brief improvements in their visual-spatial skills after listening to classical music) researchers have noticed a distinct improvement in both mood and the ability to focus.
Tests have, however, shown that taking a more direct role, or getting our children more directly involved in the production of music and sounds, can actually change the course of brain development, and not only in relation to musical abilities and comprehension. While using different brain scanning technologies, scientist found that people that grew up playing a musical instrument showed more robust brain stem activity in response to sounds as well as improved responses to language and speech. The volume of gray matter in children exposed to musical activity was also noticeably larger than average.
While all this information is very interesting, it may seem a little far-fetched to expect to find an age appropriate way to expose your little one to the benefits of musical activities while they are small. Luckily nowadays there are some fantastic tools available to us to help us do that easily and effectively. All you need to do is head on over to our favorite product page for some great suggestions.
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