“How to Raise a Musical Child” by Olesya MacNeil, published on Answers.com on August 25, 2015
I am happy to announce that my article “How to Raise a Musical Child” has been published today on Answers.com- a community-generated social knowledge Q&A platform.
Here’s the exert of the article:
Understanding the valuable benefits and roles that music plays in the
1. Create an Environment
Music surrounds our lives- children hear it on TV, over the radio, in schools, and in nature when the wind is swishing the leaves and the rain is pitter patting a roof. It’s in any parent’s capacity and power to enrich the lives of our kids with music, and thus help them develop musically.
Professional singers, who sing while pregnant, report that their babies are moving more while in the womb. Breathing deeply while singing pushes the unborn babies to “work” for oxygen and become more physically fit. Professional musicians, who practice the same musical piece over and over while pregnant, report that their children remember that musical piece long after they were born.
For centuries parents have known that singing a lullaby to a newborn soothes the baby to sleep and creates a meaningful, loving bond between a parent and a child. Today we know that singing lullabies also stimulates your child’s early development of emotional self-regulation and language skills.
Sing songs to your baby from early on. Just as our children learn alphabet and reading, they can develop perfect pitch in music when parents sing music alphabet with their young toddlers.
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