Music has an universal language. It is language of the soul, the sound of emotions. I have experienced the impact of music on my baby ever since the day I conceived. When I was pregnant, music helped me and the baby in me, calm down. After birth, music often helped me calm the little one and fall asleep.
In India, it is believed that the child in the womb adopts impressions from the surroundings and from the mental state of the mother. Ancient Indian scriptures recommend listening to soft spiritual chants, mantras and sounds like ‘OM’. These sounds are soothing and resemble the calmness inside the womb. Modern day science has proved that listening to music during pregnancy, can have a very positive effect on the baby. When babies listen to soft soothing music, it helps them to calm down, it creates positive vibrations around the them. Music develops children's sense of patterning and memory skills. Music nourishes a child's brains. Music stimulates brain connections and make children smarter.
Let us see how Music can aid the development of your little ones-
-It allows children to express their emotions and physical energy in healthy ways.
-It gives children a way to connect with their natural desire for beauty, spirituality and harmony.
-It makes the them happy.
-It creates learning pathways in the brain, enhancing language and math development.
-It can soothe, excite, inspire, relax and at times, even heal. Make sure your home is filled with pleasant music, at least some of the time. Sing, dance and enjoy!
-Although, not all children are gifted in music, all of them can enjoy music.
Ways you can add music to your child's life:
-Play a variety of music in the background, when your child is playing.
-Encourage your child to move to the music beats.
-Introduce simple instruments to your child such as a toy guitar or drums.
-Show your child how to make their own musical instruments such as simple drums and shakers.
-Use a song to greet each child in the morning or play quiet lullabies or soft classical music during nap time or bed time.
-Use music to celebrate special events and holidays.
-Talk about music. Explain about fast and slow music, music that is high or low.
-Use music to enhance games and movement activities. Encourage clapping and tapping.
-Do “sirens” with your voices, going as high and as low as possible. This can teach them “pitch”.
-Sing or play a musical phrase and ask your child to repeat it. This develops memory and an “ear” for music.
Music is extremely important when it comes to early childhood development. It stimulates the mind ,and give children a way to release their immense energy in a positive way.