How listening to music daily improves speech in baby
Music is a part of our every day, so I was pleased to learn that exposing Finn to music will improve his speech ability. From the moment we wake, I sync my phone with this speaker and listen to CBC Radio to hear the latest news or begin my day with an inspiring podcast, like this from Brené Brown, this from Elizabeth Gilbert, or anything from CBC Radio’s Ideas while I enjoy my morning tea. When Finn is ready for his morning nap, I’ll tune into 8tracks to make up the soundtrack of our day.
A new study by researchers at the University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences shows that introducing babies to music during multi sensory play time enhances musical and speech ability in 9 month old babies. This means that exposing babies from an early age to rhythmic and repetition in music improves cognitive ability.
Like music, speech comprises rhythmic sounds, and it’s baby’s ability to recognize these sounds in speech and syllable repitition that leads to a better grasp on speaking themselves. Again, as in music, patterns exist in speech, and listening to music helps babies to recognize and come to predict these patterns, which is an important cognitive function.
Without much else to measure the truth of this myself, my experience with Finn corroborates this claim. At ten months, he has steadily been adding words to his vocabulary. “Dada” and “Mama” he began singing regularly months ago, but recently we’ve heard him say: Nana, Papa, night night, bum, Addi, “Ch” for Chael, and his all-time favourite, Tessssss (he particularly likes the s-sound).
With this in mind, I’d like to share with you some of our favourite songs we’ve been playing lately. Happy listening.