The connection between music and a baby’s first words.
Have you ever noticed that when you talk to an infant you naturally use a sing song voice? Well there’s good reason for this. Music and language development are indelibly linked explains Jessica Baron Turner, author of “Your Musical Child”.
“Language development and musical development occur in the same part of the brain, so as your baby is starting to make sounds and fluctuate the pitch of his voice, he’s also learning to do that in a musical context. We innately know that and when our hearts are full we sing or we make a sing-song comment and that is how the baby imprints the vibrational frequency.”
And this vibrational frequency is further imprinted when we mirror our baby’s vocalizations.
“If they make a goo goo, we make a goo back and we want our goo goo to sound like their goo goo because then it validates it, they remember it, its a pitch that’s lodging in the brain.”
The Parent Report’s guest expert is Jessica Baron Turner. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show. Any advice or information contained herein should never be a substitute for professional and/or medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. For more information please review Terms of Service.