Great news music lovers!!!
A new study published in scientific journals Developmental Science and Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reveal that music lessons benefit children even before they can walk or TALK!!!
Researchers found that even one year-olds babies who participate in interactive music classes reap HUGE benefits such as smiling more, communicating more effectively AND gain the ability to have ‘sophisticated brain responses to music’!!!
HELLZ TO THE YEAH!!
Laurel Trainor, director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, received an award from the Grammy Foundation back in 2008 for her study of music training effects in infancy, confirms the BUMPIN news:
"Many past studies of musical training have focused on older children. Our results suggest that the infant brain might be particularly plastic with regard to musical exposure."
For the study, groups of ADORABLE babies and their parents spent six months participating in one of two types of weekly music lessons.
One class involved interactive music-making and learning a small number of lullabies, nursery rhymes and songs with actions, and the other music class, played at various toy stations while recordings from the Baby Einstein series played in the background.
And according to Trainor, the findings were LOUD and clear!!!
"Babies who participated in the interactive music classes with their parents showed earlier sensitivity to the pitch structure in music.
Specifically, they preferred to listen to a version of a piano piece that stayed in key, versus a version that included out-of-key notes.
Infants who participated in the passive listening classes did not show the same preferences. Even their brains responded to music differently. Infants from the interactive music classes showed larger and/or earlier brain responses to musical tones."
So there you have it!!
Turn on the Wiggles, and sing along with your baby!!!
It's good for them, and that's just music to our ears!!!
[Image via MTV.]
Tags: annals of the new york academy of sciences, baby einstein, developmental science, grammy foundation, laurel trainor, mcmaster institute for music and the mind