8 Great Ways Babies Benefit from Music

8 Great Ways Babies Benefit from Music

As we launch our newest Sprouts program, Baby Sprouts, you may find yourself asking, “Does a baby really benefit from a music class?” It does not take heavy scientific studies to see that music matters to little people; our shared human experiences tell us that! Here are eight great ways that babies benefit from intentional exposure to music.

Music makes everyone happy!

Music affects mood. When you need a pick-me-up, you crank the upbeat, major-key songs, right? If you’re contemplative, you may pull out your collection of slow, rainy-day songs in minor keys. This is a natural emotional response to music Happy music can help cheer up a fussy baby… and a frazzled mom! Baby Sprouts music selections are happy songs that creative positive emotions.

Smart people listen to music.

Early exposure to music helps with brain development. Who says so? Smart people. People who studied this stuff a lot… and probably listened to music as babies. Seriously, though – some studies indicate that listening to “pleasing music” helps with cognitive performance across human age ranges.

The world needs more creatives.

We are more passionate about this benefit of early music exposure than any other: musical exposure fosters creativity, and the more creatives in the world, the better. Life would be quite boring without us!

Musical babies become adults who can sing and dance.

The intentional introduction of music to a young child kick-starts the development of foundational musical skills, like understandings of pitch (differentiating high and low sounds) and rhythm (mimicking rhythms, maintaining tempo, establishing an internal beat). In layman’s terms: expose your baby to music and he/she is less likely to sing off-key karaoke or resemble a monkey on the wedding reception dance floor.

Songs come before sentences.

As your baby is trying to figure out this whole “talking” thing, songs can familiarize him/her with linguistic elements like common vocabulary, meter, inflection and rhyme. Babies utilize musical skills to communicate before they acquire developed language. In these early days, their musical language is mainly comprised of changes in pitch, meter and rhythm with non-linguistic verbalizations. Early musical exposure capitalizes on this innate tendency toward music to wire the brain for a lifetime of musical learning.

Music makes learning fun!

Adding music to other educational efforts maximizes the learning experience by engaging multiple senses. Everything is more fun if you sing while you do it!

Toddlers pay attention to music.

Songs help toddlers learn to listen to instruction and focus their attention. Learning new songs causes the young musician to listen intently for new melodies and words. Songs with call-and-response elements help the toddlers learn to repeat what they hear, developing both musical and linguistic skills.

Even babies need a little help from their friends.

Music is traditionally a social experience – most musical interactions happen in the company of others, whether at a concert, in a band or choir, or at church. Early music classes give very young children an opportunity to share experiences with peers and provide an especially fun social activity.

The Baby Sprouts class is a 30-minute weekly opportunity for you to expose your baby or toddler (newborn through 3 years) music, and experience all of the aforementioned benefits. Tuition is $99 per 8-week session and an adult must accompany the child to the class. We would love to equip with fun musical tools to help in your parenting.

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