Raise your hand if you have never sung a lullaby to your child. It is a natural, spontaneous gesture. But maybe not everyone knows that in addition to being an affectionate and usually relaxing cuddle, it is also a gesture of much deeper value.
In fact, music is an important communication tool and if used correctly with children it can have positive aspects that go well beyond putting your puppy asleep at bedtime.
Science has recently studied the interaction between music and children. In many cases, the effects of listening to music have been investigated even before birth, by spreading the notes through the belly of pregnant women.
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"I believe that music should be listened to from the first months of pregnancy - says Leonardo Trevisan, Venetian teacher and musicologist of the Altino Prize Foundation, who has dedicated many of his studies to music for children, also composing special pieces. "This is because in addition to helping the expectant mother to relax her, she also helps her to establish an alternative" dialogue "with her child, capable of being recognized by the child after her birth".
In reality, science does not agree unanimously on this aspect. According to a study by the NICHD (The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), the fetus in the placenta would be in a sort of acoustic isolation that would prevent, if not completely listening, at least the clear perception of sounds. The various experiments collide with the experience common to many women, according to which the baby once born would show unequivocally that he recognizes the music heard when it was in the belly.
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Composer: Leonardo Trevisan, Venetian teacher and musicologist, Altino Prize Foundation.
Whether you listen to music in the belly or from the first months of life, it is undeniable that a correct exposure of children to musical notes has positive effects on their development.
In eastern Slovakia, in Kosice Saka, a state-of-the-art hospital started an experimental program about two years ago. In the nursery, newborn babies wear high-fidelity headphones, through which they blissfully listen to soft melodies.
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According to doctors, this helps them overcome the stress of birth by promoting their communication and learning skills. Diffused music covers various genres, although classical prevails, and infants wear headphones for five daily sessions of 20 minutes each.
Why be surprised? Basically we have no qualms with the word: we speak to the child, albeit with simple terms and appropriate tones, from birth, when he still cannot understand the meaning of what he is told. In this way we gradually and "instinctively" accustom him to verbal language. It is not so strange, therefore, to do the same with music, which is a form of language, in some ways, even more direct.
"Listening to music from an early age educates the brain about harmonic sounds - claims Trevisan - allowing it to perceive and use them instinctively (and not as a cultural element), and giving the child the opportunity to use them to maintain a condition of well-being. ".
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