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Incorporate movement in your music experiences with your child. Movement is an indispensable part of learning and thinking. Your child will also gain memory skills learning to sing a variety of songs with different rhythms.

Sing a set of songs regularly as babies (like adults) respond to music which is familiar. Repetition is necessary so that music can be stored in the memory, even of the youngest baby.

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Beethoven

Play musical games and fingerplays. Clap the beat as you sing, and take bub’s hands and clap the beats. There are many wonderful fingerplays, such as:

  • Where is Thumbkin
  • The farmer in the dell
  • The brave old duke of york
  • The wheels on the bus
  • Trot, trot to Boston
  • Where is the beehive.

Encourage your child to dance to the music, march, sing, whistle melodies, hum tunes and play musical games with other children. These boost your child’s growing language, listening and motor skills.