From those soothing lullabies you hum to your infant, to the lively beat your toddler claps and dances to, music is one of the most powerful tools a parent has. You probably figured this already, because doesn’t music just make us all feel good?
If you’d like more evidence, though, you’ll be glad to hear that science is playing your tune.
Research shows that it’s easier to calm a baby who’s exposed to music. And music-loving babies smile more, are less stressed and more social. As they grow, kiddos continue to benefit from musical exposure and training. Just a few of the perks that have been noted:
- Fine motor skills
- Language processing
- Emotional development
- Social skills
- Self control
- Sound discrimination
- Short term memory
True, the notion of the “Mozart Effect” – that classical music boosts academic ability – has been debunked. But don’t let that stop you from singing, playing and dancing together to every type of music imaginable. The benefits will linger long after the melody fades.
Article content is based on research by Dr. John Medina. Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of the best sellers, Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby.