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Singing to Young Children Supports Early Language Development

| January 28, 2013 | 6 Comments

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Singing a song or two (or 50!) a day to even the youngest child can help early language development. Hearing a parent or teacher sing a song requires a child to listen for the individual notes combined with their rhythmic values. In much the same way, early language development requires children to hear speech sounds and begin to divide them into individual sounds or phonemes.
Sally Goddard Blythe reiterates the importance of singing to young children for early language development in her book, The Genius of Natural Childhood. In an article published in The Guardian, Blythe said: “Song is a special type of speech. Lullabies, songs and rhymes of every culture carry the ‘signature’ melodies and inflections of a mother tongue, preparing a child’s ear, voice and brain for language.” In the same article, Blythe contends that singing to young children can help ward off later language development problems.
She goes on to say that “Children’s response to live music is different from recorded music. Babies are particularly responsive when the music comes directly from the parent. Singing along with a parent is for the development of reciprocal communication.”
Come to a Kindermusik class and learn many delightful songs to sing with your little one!

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Blogs, Family, Music

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Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families. Author's website.

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  1. Kamerine says:

    I did a Kindermusik class with my youngest. He loved it!

  2. Lynn M says:

    I sang to both of my boys when they were young,they loved it!

  3. Darlene Wissenz says:

    This is my form of self therapy for me. When I am stressed it soothes my soul, why not sing to your child, you will both be entertained

  4. Darlene Wissenz says:

    Nursery rhymes are a great way to get your child’s vocabulary started and you both have so much fun

  5. kathy downey says:

    I sang to my children when they were young we made up songs and lauged,they loved it!

  6. kathy downey says:

    Now I am singing to my grandkids

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