1) Cultural community building - Music is not exclusive for virtuosos and entertainers. Think about the american culture that surrounds the music industry. Pop music is highly produced, auto-tuned and featured in reality TV shows like the Voice or American Idol where contestants are judged for sharing their voice. No wonder we’re terrified to sing or speak in public. Set that aside, creating music together is primal. It connects us to one another raising our vibrations. Where in modern-day American society are you invited to sing in a group, without critique? Build community. Sing together.
2) Pacifies baby - I know this one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised. Music that is simple, repetitive, and predictable is giving baby’s brain something to absorb. Our music engages baby so that you may take a few deep breaths. Read on about baby brain development.
3) Brain development - From inside the womb, baby is listening to everything. Baby is processing the tones of your voice, your heartbeat, your words, other words. Music is the only healing art form to access the brain passively. Music is amazing. Your baby is learning about tonal relationships or melodies, patterns, sounds, and language all by listening. What’s even more powerful is making music WITH your baby. Try tapping a steady rhythm on your baby’s feet or hands to create a sensory experience. It’s simple but effective. Each time baby listens neural pathways are being created. How cool is that?
4) Emotional intelligence - One aspect of music that other art forms lack at this stage in baby’s life is the ability to elicit emotional responses. Have you seen the videos of babies hearing their mothers sing and immediately they start crying? Music is an emotional process. When you hear a song that reminds you of a memory it evokes those feelings. Music can access your baby’s emotional center of the brain, while actively shaping positive experiences as you listen to the music regularly.
5) Congruent with movement - Have you ever been to a yoga class where the music just didn’t quite support the style of class? Or have you ever tried running with slow languid music? It’s hard to make sense of it. Running to fast upbeat music makes way more sense in our body and brain. We are rhythmic beings and we automatically synchronize with an external beat. Our music was created to fit the action of the yoga poses. The music is not a separate aspect of the experience, but rather integrated fully into the design of the class.