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Benefits of Music for Babies

Babies Are Born Music-Makers

As a parent, you pay attention to every move your baby makes. Have you noticed their eyes light up when they hear a song? Do they start cooing and wiggling when you sing a nursery rhyme? Chances are you've seen glimpses of the music-maker inside—now it's up to you to bring it out to the fullest!

When you sing in the car or dance in the living room, you are setting the model for your baby, who is listening and observing as you play with music. With Music Together, you can learn lots of musical ways to interact and bond with your new baby, supporting their development in these important early years. Read more about how Music Together supports your baby’s brain development (PDF) and the parent-child relationship (PDF).

How Do You Know Your Baby Is Ready?

Since babies are musical beings even before birth, it’s never too early to get started—even newborns are amazingly oriented to become music-makers. Because they begin to hear and respond to sound in the womb, most babies’ sense of hearing is well developed at birth, and they are already alert to musical sounds—especially the voice of a parent singing! Just as your baby is prepared to learn language, they are equally prepared to learn music.

Soon after birth, your baby may cry, giggle, coo, and squeal with excitement—all of which help prepare them for expressing themselves musically someday. They’re receptive to music, too. Studies show that babies perceive differences in loudness and melody, respond to tempo changes, and sense when a song is ending. They often move physically when music starts or stops and may show a startle response when the music ends—even in their sleep!

Music Together offers three options for babies eight months of age or younger:

  • They may attend a Mixed-age Class, whether registered on their own or attending free with an older brother or sister.
     
  • They may attend our special Babies Class, with music activities specifically designed to help you connect with your baby and support their music development.
     
  • They may be enrolled in a childcare or early learning setting where Music Together has been integrated into the curriculum.

Your baby is ready to make music! Click on the Class Locator to find a class in your area—and provide your email address so we can follow up with you.

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