EQ - Emotional Intelligence
Imagination & Creativity
The Importance of Music
Listening to music helps your baby grow in every possible way
Babies not only love rhythm and music but also greatly benefit from them
Listening to music is not only fun and relaxing – it is also something that has a powerful effect on people. It creates a special atmosphere and has the power to soothe you, stir you, or just make you want to get up and dance.
Memories, experiences, atmospheres and moods are all greatly influenced by the tunes that accompany them. So, if music really gets to you, you’re not alone. Recent studies show that music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and children and can actually improve many abilities, both in children and in adults.
Music plays an important role in babies’ life, encouraging their development, boosting their health, stimulating their and helping form neural connections in their brains.
Early Benefits: Music in the Womb
Recent studies show that children exposed to classical music in the womb exhibit a positive change in physical and mental development after birth. In a recent experiment, fetuses were exposed to 70 hours of classical music during the last weeks of pregnancy. At six months, these babies were more advanced in terms of motor skills and linguistic and intellectual development than babies who received no musical stimulus during pregnancy.
Babies are born with 100 billion nerve cells in their bodies. However, these cells are connected only loosely and each event a baby experiences - listening to his mother, seeing a picture, feeling a textured mat, or attempting to reach a toy hanging above – helps establish or strengthen the intercellular connections in the brain. The larger the number of connections in the brain, the richer its functioning. These early experiences mold the brain and determine much of the infant’s adult potential and scientists now believe that listening to music is one of those “brain-building” experiences.
Your Baby Needs Music
By playing classical music to your baby you can activate the neural pathways responsible for many intellectual skills. General skills such as creativity, and more specific skills such as spatial intelligence, mathematical ability, linguistic ability, and emotional intelligence are honed by the effects of listening to music.
Babies are naturally unaware of the complex, secret processes induced by music. Instead, they simply enjoy the experience of listening to the soft music that envelops them, challenging them, arousing their curiosity, and stirring a variety of emotions in them.