Emotional Growth and Music

Music can play a very important role in early childhood development, especially when it comes to physical, emotional, and linguistic growth.

From the time a baby is developing in the womb, they are exposed to sound. If a mother is playing music, then the baby can often hear it. And it is here that musical development begins.

As most parents know, once a baby is born a common practice is to sing lullabies and nursery rhymes to them. Songs like these can be beneficial for a number of reasons.

  • They can foster communication between parent and child
  • They can encourage social behaviour
  • They can give the child a sense of security and comfort
  • They can strengthen the emotional bonds between parent and child
  • And most importantly, the auditory stimulation (and possible rocking motions while being sung to) can aid brain development

This last point is made evident when babies often coo and babble in response to a parent’s lullaby. They are expressing their positive mood, but they are also exhibiting early stages of language development which is helped along by the musical play.

Altogether, music can play an important role in creating strong bonds between infant children and their caregivers, and foster key development at a young age.


Source: Mary Stouffer (member of Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto) Article: “Emotional Growth Through Musical Play” published by the Canadian Child Care Federation


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