Benefits of Classical Music for Babies
Do you have a favorite album of classical music for babies? It’s normal to gravitate to a certain type of classical music. You might like the sound of a certain instrument or style, but regardless of what classical music you’re diggin’, there are plenty of reasons to keep the music playing:
Studies show that students who listen to classical music score better on tests. The same applies to babies learning about their world. (source, source) Specifically, music training helps improve brain function by creating more connections within the brain. (source) Your baby might not be ready to take up the piano, but it’s never too early to start listening to classical music and develop an appreciation for good music.
Improves language development
Listening to classical music can help improve your baby’s language skills. How? Your baby listens to the music and picks up on the “rhythm, timbral contracts, and melodic contour,” which later helps him focus on the syntax and semantics of the language. (source) Syntax and semantics refer to the structure of sentences, as well as the meanings we give words and phrases, so music literally helps them dissect how language is put together.
Reduces stress and supports mental health
Classical music is anecdotally connected to reduced stress levels, but a study published in the journal Urology confirms it: Music eases stress, even during medical procedures. (source)
Researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine found that music (specifically joyful music) has a positive effect on the heart, boosting your mood. Scientists can even measure your blood vessels dilate when listening to music. This might explain why babies (and even adults!) feel better after turning on the radio. (source)
Classical music helps improve the quality of sleep your baby gets. (source) According to an article published in PLOS One, researchers describe four ways that music improves sleep:
- Provides a routine (i.e. playing certain music at bedtime)
- Becomes a habit that babies learn to associate with sleeping
- Physically induces a mental state that’s suitable for sleeping
- Distracts baby from other tasks
Masks ambient noise
Playing music masks those “house noises” that can disturb a sleeping baby. White noise machines do the same thing, but classical music is a great alternative if you’re traveling. Plus, you can take advantage of these other benefits of classical music, too.
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What is your favorite classical album for your babies? When do you play music for your baby?