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Music for Babies
Everyone has favourite pieces they enjoy and turn to when a helping hand is needed. Just as music “does it” for us, it can do the same for babies and newborns too. Dr Rob Hicks explains how classical music plays an important role in your child's development.
Classical music for babies and children
Dr Rob Hicks: "Music is all around, rewarding us in so many ways. At one end of the scale music is energising; at the other end of the scale it can help to calm the most stressful situation. Music plays an important role in all aspects of a child’s development. It’s now clear that babies in the womb respond to music. Once a baby is born music can help the process of bonding. As your newborn grows, music plays an integral part of games and other activities and the learning that these can provide.
"Children love music, all kinds of music, and music should be an important part of any child’s life. We know that adults nurture the development of their babies and the children they care for by responding to their needs, and when a child is enjoying him or herself and having fun they will be learning. For music to be able to influence children all that’s needed is for it to be played. Then just sit back and enjoy it, and relax in the knowledge that you’re doing your best for your children."
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Some studies suggest that playing music to a baby in the womb, and in early childhood years, helps brain development. Some believe that exposure to music whilst in the womb also contributes to increased intellectual ability - the so called Mozart Effect. However, others question this and the subject remains controversial.
Calming classical music
Lullabies and other tunes have been played to babies for many years to calm them and lull them to sleep. Listening to music is a good baby calming technique, whether you are rocking your baby in your arms or swaying to the rhythm. It’s soothing and a wonderful way to bond and interact with your child. Hearing a familiar piece of music can also be very reassuring for a child when, for example, they find themselves in a new environment.
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The best music for babies
“Music plays an important role in all aspects of a child’s development. It’s now clear that babies in the womb respond to music,” explains Dr Rob Hicks. “Once a baby is born music can help the process of bonding.”
So here are five of the best pieces to play to your baby.
1. Venus, the Bringer of Peace from The Planets – Holst
The calmest and arguably the most beautiful section of Holst’s The Planets Suite
2. Bailerio from Chants d’Auvergne – Canteloube
These orchestrations of folk songs from the south of France are gorgeous.
3. The Swan from Carnival of the Animals – Saint-Saëns
A gem from Saint-Saëns’s musical survey of the animal kingdom
4. Träumerei (Dreaming) from Kinderszenen – Schumann
Perhaps this piece all about dreaming will help your baby nod off…
5. Prelude in C major from The Well-Tempered Clavier – JS Bach
A hypnotically beautiful piece for piano.
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Wiegenlied Opus 49 No.4
- Soloists: Marisa Robles
- Record Label: UCJ
- Catalog: 5301220
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