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~ Music may aid in the development of speech. This is because simple songs teach
children how language is constructed. Children seem to learn best when music is
experienced through their bodies - thus a combination of music and movement can
greatly enhance the acquisition of language.

~ Music helps children learn maths. The learning of music emphasises thinking in space
and time. When children learn rhythm, they are learning ratios, fractions and
proportions.

~ Music enhances social skills. Children who take part in music develop higher levels of
social cohesion and understanding of themselves and others, and the emotional aspect
of musical activities seems to be beneficial for developing social skills like empathy.

- Music enhances your child's intellectual development. Dr Frances Rauscher from the
University of Wisconsin in the US says music helps to improve children's ability to
reason abstractly, by actually strengthening neural firing patterns in the brain that are
relevant to both musical and spatial cognition.

~ Music encourages self-expression and self-confidence. As a non-verbal language,
music can convey a complexity of emotions and offers a means of expression to a shy
and diffident child who finds it difficult to communicate through speech.

Your baby's growth and development in the womb is a remarkable experience. From
around the fifth month, your baby's hearing is fully developed and his newfound ability to
recognise voices and sounds in the environment is fairly quickly established. Recent
research into the effects of prenatal music stimulation varies greatly.

Several early-childhood researchers believe there is no concrete evidence to support
the theory that music stimulation prior to birth will result in higher intelligence levels in
the future. Other researchers maintain just the opposite, arguing that studies reveal
babies to have an innate ability to recognise their mothers voices and may further
respond to familiar sounds and music played to them while in the womb.

				
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