Given some great 21st century research and thought leadership, we can draw the conclusion that music and language are in effect two sides of the same coin, except in the case of babies where singing and talking are one and the same thing! Babies are processing sound, plus all the facial expressions and gestures you make when you talk or sing to them.
It's easy to understand that the obvious benefit of music for babies and young children is in language development. That's because when we think of music we immediately think of singing — and songs have words.
People everywhere naturally sing to babies. Sandra Trehub has proven this. Her work as the long-standing Professor (now Emeritus) of the Infant and Child Studies Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga includes many facets. As she writes in her bio:.....
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