Music’s [positive influence on the brain is seen at an early age, even in infancy.
Music has an impact on infant development and notably contributes to the cognitive process. It is reported that the impact of music on a baby starts in the mother’s womb. The auditory system in the human fetus starts to develop at 21 to 22 weeks of gestation.
By age three, 80 percent of brain development is complete and by age eight, 85 percent of mental development is reached.
It is believed that music is exercise for the infant brain. For instance, listening to music may help a baby comprehend which sounds are similar to others. Music accelerates the development of comprehension and anticipation. Furthermore, it improves an infant’s creative and mathematical intelligence. In addition to the development of human intelligence, listening to music enables a baby to acquire a sense of responsibility, fast problem-solving and systematical thinking.
Influence on emotional and mental development
Plato says: “Music and rhythm find their ways in the secret part of our soul.” With respect to the common saying “music feeds the soul,” Professor Erol Belgin states: “Feeding our soul, music transfers aesthetical impulses to the brain and makes the sounds extraordinarily dynamic. Music stimulates some hormone levels, including endorphins, and causes the widening of vessels with a decrease in blood pressure. The body then feels relaxed or excited.”
Listening to music builds auditory and language development
The fetus begins comprehending spoken words and sounds after 27 week of gestation. It is therefore suggested that language development begins in the course of the pre-natal phase. Music reportedly has a positive impact on the auditory system and language development.
Influence on psychomotor and physical development
Classical music for IQ development
Listening music has an important role in an infant’s emotional and mental development. In particular, classical music is reported to stimulate the brain. Some researchers suggest that the IQ levels of babies who listen to music are five points higher than those who don’t listen to music. Furthermore, classical music allegedly has a direct positive influence on a mother’s mood. The mental development of a fetus is also believed to feed a mother’s well-being.
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