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Britain’s Got Talent and Babies

“Britain’s Got Talent” 2007 winner, Paul Potts, restored my faith in mankind!

Why?

This mobile phone salesman whom Simon Cowell called “the underdog” of the competition sang “Nessun Dorma” and won.

What’s “Nessun Dorma?”

Opera, plain, simple and powerful! It’s one of the arias that Pavarotti made famous during his celebrated career.

Even though the competition took place in June, I didn’t hear about it until today when I watched a brief Oprah YouTube promotional video.

On YouTube alone, the videos of his audition and final competition triumph has garnered well over 20,000,000 (yes, that’s 20 million) views! More than Pavarotti’s YouTube of the same aria, I might add.

Potts sang opera and the world of pop music fans was listening and loved it!

What does this have to do with babies?

According to research from academic circles, voice (singing and speech) training starts in the womb and continues throughout life,

The trouble is that most of the academic research never makes it to the general public, which is where it will do the most good.

One of my jobs with SingBabySing™ is to point out the research that can inspire and motivate parents (especially moms), childcare educators and providers to enhance the work they do in raising up the babies of the world.

For example, on Friday I had lunch with Dr. Sheila Woodward, a wonderful researcher. She is the Interim Chair for the Early Childhood Music Education Department at the University of Southern California and sits on the board of the International Society of Music Education, amongst the many other things she does.

In 1992 She recorded sounds that babies hear inside their mothers’ wombs. From those recordings she discovered important information about language acquisition before birth.

With her permission, I would like to quote her from an article she wrote, “Musical Origins:”

    “The acquisition of music and language skills requires the same cognitive auditory processes essential for speech development…the evidence of auditory discrimination, memory and learning which occurs from the fetal stage indicates the vital role which parents, caregivers and society should play in the provision of optimal sound environments from before birth.”

Allow me to translate the academic-ese:

    “What a baby hears inside the womb will directly affect the way it speaks or sings (processes sound) later in life, so parents and educators (and heck, the government) should expose our babies the best possible sounds before birth and beyond.”

There’s lots of other research out there that backs up what SingBabySing™ does, so I’ll have more to write on the subject in the future.

Meanwhile, sing to your baby today, whether inside your womb or out! You are the most important talent he/she will ever hear, so let us help you give your baby your best!

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