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Benefits of Music 

You already know that...“Music has a powerful effect on our emotions. Parents know that a quiet gentle lullaby can soothe a fussy baby...but did you know that music also can affect the way our brains think?!”6



Banana Music believes that musical exploration should always be a FUN experience for you and your child, exposing them to new beats, rhythms, sounds, movements, words, songs and ideas. For your scientific reading pleasure, we have highlighted some exciting findings about possible benefits interactive group music classes like ours may have on the development of infants and young children.

Some Scientific Studies Have Shown:


  • Some researchers believe that exposure to music actually creates new pathways in the brain.5 “Singing to your infant or patting their back, or rocking to music can help strengthen the musical pathways in their brain.”1

  • At 2 months old infants can remember brief melodies.2 "Infants can categorize auditory stimuli such as recognizing that two or more stimuli are different. Their research showed infants at seven months could discriminate timbre and melody and could recognize a melody when played on a single instrument. Singing is an ideal way to foster language development and the exploration of words and rhymes through a familiar tune enhances memoryAn infant’s brain is not fully developed at birth and she/he needs sensory input for the cells to build and connect. Music provides an auditory means of stimulation that can also carry educational concepts such as language, which will develop as an infant obtains cognitive skills."5


  • Some researchers believes that “Musical foundations change your infant’s brain in ways that will benefit them throughout their lives."5 Babies’ brains benefit from interactive group music lessons even before they can walk and talk.4 According to one study, babies who participated in 6 months (24 weeks) of interactive music classes with their parents "smiled more, communicated better and showed earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music."3 "Babies who engage in making music (with simple instruments like drums and shakers) and moving to music (even if parents have to help them wiggle) use more communicative gestures (such as pretending a banana is a telephone or hugging a doll to show affection) at around 12 months than those who listen passively to music. "The more expressive gestures he/she uses the more likely he/she is to acquire language skills”.1


  • Music helps with bonding between parent and child through enjoyable “together time” interaction. Some research suggests that moving to music with someone triggers the release of oxytocin the "bonding" hormone.1


  • Movement activities can help children strengthen coordination skills.


  • Music and movement group classes can help promote social skills and build confidence in your child.


  • Some researchers believe that "Early exposure to music increases abilities in many other areas including math and language."5


  • Some research has "linked rhythmicity (the ability to tap a beat) with increased reading ability in older kids."1


(sources available upon request)

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