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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 Puccini arias that Pavarotti made famous during his celebrated career. (read about the Puccini Effect)

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 which he briefly appeared. On YouTube alone, the videos of his audition and final competition triumphs have been seen well over 20,000,000 (yes, that’s 20 million) times! More than Pavarotti’s YouTube of the same aria, I might add.

Potts sang opera and Britain’s pop music fans went wild!

But what does this have to do with babies?

As you already know from my previous post, Song in Your Womb, and 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 the babies of the world.

For example, on Friday I had lunch with Dr. Sheila Woodward, a wonderful researcher. You’ll remember her from Song in Your Womb. She’s 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.

She’s also the person who recorded sounds that babies hear inside their mothers’ wombs and from those recordings discovered important information about language acquisition before birth. With her permission, I would like to quote from her article, “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 later in life, so parents, educators and others should expose babies to the best possible sounds before birth.”

Other research backs up what SingBabySing™ does, so I’ll have more to write on this 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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