Every composer needs something to play.
What instrument, sound or melody will spark your little one’s lifelong love of music? As baby explores her own musical creativity, you’ve got a front-row seat.
Why is music important for baby?
Your little one's brain is prewired to learn music, just as it's prewired to learn language. Exposing her to different songs and sounds promotes her musical skills and appreciation of music, but there are other less expected benefits too.
Experiencing a rhythmic pattern in music can improve your little one's ability to detect rhythmic patterns in speech.
Balance and body awareness
As baby shakes, sways and shimmies to the beat, she shifts her weight from one side of her body to the other, which boosts her balancing skills. Moving different body parts around also increases her awareness of them.
Nearly every song is built around a pattern or sequence. Listening to music can help your little one grow to recognize, anticipate and decipher those patterns. Also, routinely playing the same song during a particular situation can support baby’s memory and help her link the music with the experience.
Bonding and social-emotional skills
Since music is frequently enjoyed in a social setting along with singing, playing instruments or dancing, it can offer great opportunities for baby to connect with you and the people around her.
Taking part in a fun, communal experience like dancing to music as a group can let your little one know that she's valued and important.