Going to the next level of excellence in early childhood language development
You probably know something about music’s profound impact on your baby/toddlers’s development. Instinctively, you also know that music can either calm you and your child or agitate both of you.
Perhaps you’ve heard that classical music is more complex than most other music and that it can, therefore, stimulate intricate patterns in your baby or toddlers’s brain. You also know that singing songs is good for your child.
But do you know about the Puccini Effect™?
Specifically, have you heard about how your voice has the power to help or hinder your baby’s or toddler’s potential ability to sing and the power to enhance or hamper their language skills? For example, research shows:
- Your baby starts hearing your voice somewhere between 16-25 weeks during pregnancy
- Your baby will remember the sounds, inflections (musical pitches), songs and emotional content of your voice after birth
- Some research indicates that a baby can vocally match musical pitches as early as 3 to 4 months after birth
- This pitch recognition ability is a natural built-in function of how we learn to speak and communicate
- Early development of this natural ability can positively influence speech, singing and communication skills for life
- Singing can engage your child’s attention and calm both of you
- …Oh, so much more
Sadly, even though the voice is the most powerful natural communication tool we have, and even though we’re born with it, very few mothers, educators or most others for that matter, know anything at all about how important and easy it is to give babies and toddlers simple singing techniques (I call them voice games) that can so powerfully impact crucial language development.
In fact, start when you are pregnant, that is THE BEST time of all to start!
Parents, Educators, Doctors, and Nurses Deserve to Know
I believe that the time to empower people who have children or work with children is long overdue. That is precisely why I have founded SingBabySing® and why I coined the phrase, Puccini Effect™, utilizing the great composer’s name to bring awareness to parents, grandparents, early childhood educators, doctors, nurses and the media.
Basically, the difference between the Puccini Effect™ and simply playing recorded music has to do with the sound of the music coming from inside the body versus coming from outside the body. The body acts like a receiver and the ears send messages about what it hears to the brain, which, in turn, responds to or interprets the sounds and sends messages to the rest of the body about what to do with them.
The Puccini Effect™ has to do with music coming from inside the body and going out, taking the messages or feelings and perceptions from within the body and turning them into sounds, acting like a transmitter to communicate with the outside world through the vocal cords, which are housed in the larynx (better known as the voice box) and the mouth. One is about listening, and the other is about making something to listen to. Both impact language development in profound ways.
As an award-winning composer, performer and voice teacher, I realize that the reason why most people do not know much about this subject is that precious few have ever been given the opportunity to take singing lessons or study this mysterious thing called the voice. For instance, just the other day, a wonderful young mother told me that singing lessons are “for the privileged few.” Lots of people think that way. In fact the majority of people I talk to think that way. But it’s a myth!
Time to De-bunk the Myth
It’s time to set things straight with the public and that’s why I want to share what I know with you. I want to take away as much of the mystery as I can so that you can give your child the best available language development tools.
Remember this about your voice and your baby’s voice:
YOU CANNOT BUY A HUMAN VOICE!
You can buy a piano, guitar, violin or drum set, a recording, but not a voice. No one can advertise it for sale or put a price tag on it in a store. Yet it is our primary communication tool for getting our needs met, telling our stories, expressing our thoughts and feelings. It is the basis for all language development.
Knowledge about it, therefore, takes what we generally know about early childhood language development to a much higher plane of possibility, so I will be writing more about that in the articles to come.
Meanwhile, get started as early as possible because the optimum time frame for your baby is from pregnancy to age 3.