Benefits of learning music at an early age ~ 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.