A widely known belief called the “Mozart Effect” is said to increase your unborn baby’s intelligence if you listen to songs created by the Austrian composer, the late Johannes Mozart. This belief came from a 1993 study has been twisted into the belief that it is today.
Contributing a baby’s intelligence to Mozart is not yet proven, but that has not stopped studies from thriving, and so far, the results are promising. Below is the list of reasons why you should make your baby listen to music, especially classical music, for your baby’s brain development.
Better Understanding Of Speech And Music Rhythm
9-month old children that are made to listen to music has shown a better understanding of rhythm in music and speech, according to the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS). Following the study mentioned above, 20 babies were made to do rhythm exercises with their parents while listening to music.
In comparison, another 19 babies were made to play with toys, but without music. After some time, the babies’ brains were scanned while the music played, but it was occasionally stopped to observe how the children’s brain would respond.
Those that showed more responses were babies that came from the music-listening group. With the studies mentioned, it can be concluded that exposure to experiencing sounds besides language influences an infant’s sound processing.
Better Sensitivity To Pitch Structure
Because of the study mentioned above, various other institutes became interested to know more, and one of them is McMaster University. They conducted a study that aimed to know the effects of music on toddlers while they interacted with their parents. The study involved two sets of 1-year-old children.
The first group were made to learn lullabies and percussion instruments with their parents, while the other group were made to play with toys while they listened to the song “Baby Einstein”. The children who were part of the first group showed more sensitivity to correct pitch structure in songs.
When the toddlers were played songs that had out-of-key notes, it was clear that they preferred the version that stayed in key. Amazingly, the results for the second group were not the same as the first group. Their brains showed different responses, which reflected on the child’s musical preference.
Better Aid For Premature Development
According to a study entitled, “The Effects of Music Therapy on Vital Signs, Feeding, and Sleep in Premature Infants” found various positive effects with playing simulated sounds from the womb and singing lullabies. These effects include improved sucking ability, decreased stress, and better blood oxygen levels.
Although it might take a while before any concrete evidence are found about the specific benefits of music for babies, current studies show that there are far more upsides to listening to songs than not. Researchers also think the complex nature of classical music is the reason why the brain is wired to solve spatial problems efficiently quickly. This does not mean that other genres are bad because all types of music can create musical pathways that will make learning easier and more fun.