The Amazing Human Musical Mind, Part 2
The 2nd of Mr. A‘s posts about benefits of learning music from an early age addresses pattern recognition and the ability to predict how a song should end for children as young as 4 months old. Even as early as 2 months old, infants apparently have the ability to mimic pitch, loudness and the general shapes of sounds. Its interesting to think about how music can influence brain development even before a child is born.
[edit 03.27.2015] Here are links to the other parts:
Since Friday, I have been sharing a presentation I gave at two conferences of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). In this session, I gave an overview of what the very youngest human minds can do musically, and how early childhood educators who are not music teachers can still include music in their programs. Today I begin with discussing why educators who are not music teachers should care about music instruction in their classrooms.
Now being the dedicated and outstanding teachers that you are, you may be going into a sort of panic right about now. You want to take advantage of that window of opportunity, but there are problems. “Well that’s great, Robert, but I don’t have the time or the expertise to be giving music lessons in my classroom.” If you’re thinking that, you needn’t worry. You don’t have to be a music teacher. Just using music in your…
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