Music Matters for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

  • Students in MacPhail’s “Learning with Music” program at Wilder Child Development Center showed a 15-20% improvement in math skills and a 25-40% increase in language skills after just one year of participation. (Wilder Research Impact Study 2004-05)
  • Combining rhythm and movement is beneficial to babies. Giving infants stimulation that combines both sound and movement, such as bouncing them on your knee while singing to them, is not only pleasurable but could be beneficial. (Ref.: Phillips-Silver J, Trainor LJ. Feeling the beat: Movement influences infant rhythm perception. Science 2005;308(5727):1430.)

    TED Music and the Brain

    When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

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