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There are many ways that parents can do to support their child’s musical growth at home. You can begin by singing to your baby, even before it is born. Afterwards, you can sing to your infant often and make eye contact. Hearing your voice helps your baby begin to learn language.

Babies love the patterns and rhythms of songs. And even young babies can recognize specific melodies once they’ve heard them. Very young babies this age have been shown to be able to distinguish differences in melody and frequency and can imitate them. Studies also suggested that babies preferred simpler melodies to more complex ones. Choose simple, soothing melodies such as lullabies, blues or smooth jazz.

As children grow, they enjoy singing with you. Older babies will be ready for more lively music such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”, and “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. You can also introduce the idea that movement can coincide with the music by gently clapping the child’s hands to the beat, or helping him gesture along with the lyrics. Crawlers and toddlers will enjoy singing along and doing the accompanying movements to songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, and “Old MacDonald”. They especially love making the animal sounds or the sounds of cars and so forth. You can also march or do simple steps to their favourite songs. Children are happy when they are bouncing, dancing, clapping, and singing with someone they love and trust. This increased ability to participate in music will only heighten the babies’ enjoyment of it, and the motions they perform will help foster greater body awareness.

You should simply have fun with your child and do not attempt to correct them.

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