Archive for February 2011

Kid’s music – how soon should I start?

February 13, 2011

It’s summer in Australia and consequently all educational institutions have been having a lovely long break. My girls are both at university and over the last few summers they have invited their friends over to see a bit of the best part of Australia, Tasmania. They have a great time and we get to know our daughter’s friends a little better.

We have lots of interesting conversations too.  One day, for some elusive reason, we were talking about babies. One of my daughter’s friends, had an extremely interesting experience.

During the year she had heard a piece of music that seemed quite familiar to her. She looked up the title but did not recognise it. It wasn’t a piece she had played or sung recently, so why was it so familiar? Puzzled, she went to her mother and asked her about it.  Her mother recognised the piece immediately! She said that she had played that piece to her when she was pregnant!

People often say that if you sing to your baby before he/she is born they will be soothed by that particular piece or song afterwards, but to actually recognise it as an adult is pretty amazing!

You can find out more about listening to music while pregnant here. And if you are interested in finding out what you can do after your baby’s birth, and don’t feel too confident to do things yourself, you really cannot go past Kindermusik. Read more about how music helps your child’s development and download Kindermusik’s free research booklets here.

ABOUT KINDERMUSIK: Kindermusik is a music and movement program for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and young children which began in the late 1960s. It draws on the work of esteemed musicians and educators from Europe and Asia, including Shinichi Suzuki, Maria Montessori, and Carl Orff.  Kindermusik is continually upgrading it’s programs, seeking the input of experts in music, education, and child development.


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