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Leading early childhood music education experts at Music Together explain baby responses to music
Everyone knows that when you talk to babies, you are helping then learn language. In the same natural way, when you sing and dance with babies, you are helping them learn music, according to Music Together, the pioneer of research-based early childhood music education. All children are musical at birth and can respond to music around them.
The key is for parents to tune into how babies express their reactions to music, explains Susan Darrow, CEO of Music Together, the internationally renowned music education program for children ages birth through grade two.
“When you hold your baby and walk, march, skip, or sway to the beat of a song or sing to her, you are teaching her about rhythm. She is building a ‘body memory’ of moving to the beat that she will be able to call upon once she is able to move to music on her own. And babies are capable of showing you that they really do feel and hear the music. It is incredible to witness,” Darrow says.
She adds, “There is a natural capacity to respond unintentionally to music in vocal ways that are evident at birth. Babies adjust their sounds, like crying, to the structural pitches around them. Some researchers suggest that there is a universal pitch structure for all people.”
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