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Montessori Baby-Ed: Three Really Good Reasons For Making Music With Your Baby!

WHY DO BABIES NEED TO HEAR REAL LIVE MUSIC BEING MADE BY EVERYDAY PEOPLE? 



OKAY, WE KNOW THAT BABIES BENEFIT FROM EARLY MUSIC EXPERIENCES IN MANY WAYS.


Here are some reasons cited in an article from PBS Parents: "The Benefits of Music Education"

  • Provides auditory stimulation that leads to auditory discrimination skills
  • Fosters language development
  • Increases spatial intelligence (necessary for math/engineering tasks)
  • Nurtures the aesthetic sense
  • Sharpens memory abilities
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE AGE-OLD BENEFIT OF A SWEET SONG FOR SOOTHING A FUSSY BABY!

REASON #1. Singing and playing music for your baby can be calming for your little one!


Check out this darling little video of "Baby Ivy" being charmed by Elizabeth Mitchell's lovely singing. Youtube "Ivy Loves Elizabeth Mitchell."






Listening to a beloved family member simply singing and playing sweetly can calm an upset infant and also give the infant a boost in brainpower as well! 


Amanda Cuartas is a wonderful mom from one of the families that has been collaborating with me on my upcoming Montessori Baby-Ed eCourse. She tells me that her little one is not only "soothed" when he hears her play the mbira, but he is also stimulated by his big brother's musical entertainment. Amanda says that her baby just wiggles with joy when his big brother plays or sings for him!


REASON #2. Singing and playing music for your baby can stimulate baby's sensory learning and motor development! 


Check out this fun little video I just recently published that features Amanda's family making music for their baby. Here is the link: Youtube Montessori Baby-Ed and Making Music with Your Baby


 


Did you notice the little voice in the above "Three Little Birds" video ("Ivy loves  Elizabeth Mitchell") that was echoing the chorus? That little voice belongs to Story, Elizabeth's daughter, who has been playing and singing with her parents since babyhood. 


REASON #3. Singing and playing music with your baby can contribute to your little one's development of musical skills!


In the video below, you can see Story when she was a little older and performing "Three Little Birds" on stage with her parents.  Here's the link: Youtube "3 Little Birds" Elizabeth Mitchell



And, in the video below, you can see Story more recently performing a Bill Monroe bluegrass song, "Walls of Time", with her parents. This time Story is singing the high harmony in a challenging bluegrass standard. Making music with her family is something Story is very comfortable with...from babyhood! Here is the link: Youtube Elizabeth Mitchell Walls of Time.




There's another wonderful reason to make music with your baby...sort of a BONUS REASON...


REASON #4 It's just about the best family fun ever!


Yes, actually, there are 4 really good reasons here for making music with your baby. 


Making music with your baby is an important part of the curriculum I present in my upcoming Montessori Baby-Ed eCourse. Here is that link if you would like to get on the wait list: Montessori Baby-Ed at Magical Movement Company.com.





In my opinion, there are gazillions of really good reasons for making music with your baby. What are your reasons? 


I would love to hear them, so feel free to leave a comment at the end of this article!


This post is one of many wonderful Montessori articles and resources at the Montessori Monday Link-up at Living Montessori Now. 



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