Classical Music for Babies

image001It can be a little hard for some of us to believe, but classical music could do your baby a lot of good. There are experts who believe that listening to classical can make a baby healthier, smarter, and happier.

The idea that classic music can help babies is nothing new, but in recent decades, a great deal of evidence supporting the notion has been accumulated. Intriguingly, there is now quite a bit of data that indicates classic tunes can enhance a baby’s physical development and health in addition to intelligence.

Why Should I Choose Classical Music for My Babies?

There are many reasons to choose classical music for babies to listen to. The benefits such melodies can have on infants are many.

1. Positive on Physical Health

Unlike many kinds of music, classical songs have a calming effect upon the human mind and body. The structure and slow tunes relax the mind and, according to some studies, the heart. This can help babies sleep and improve their mental health. Babies that have a hard time sleeping and those that have suffered emotional trauma can benefit most from music.

2. Good for Language Development

There’s a strong correlation between music and language development. Young children that listen to classical music might learn to talk and to read faster. They may also develop better memories and listening skills, which are vital to learning language.

3. Able to Uplift Their Mood

One the most interesting attributes of classical music is its ability to affect and improve mental health. A study by the American Music Therapy Association showed that listening to classical rhythms stimulated the production of endorphins or natural relaxants in the brain. This improves the mood and relaxes the body. This calming effect can lead to improved mental health and increased learning abilities.

4. The Mozart Effect

The best known and most controversial benefit from classical music for babies is the Mozart Effect. The term comes from an experiment that showed listening to classical music can temporarily boost IQs and increase spatial temporal reasoning abilities. French researcher Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, who coined the term, believed that classical music encouraged development of the brain. Some researchers believe listening to classical music encourages mental developments, while others do not. Even though the Mozart Effect may not be real, the many benefits show that classical music is good for babies.

Which Kind of Classical Music Should I Choose?

1. Some Criteria You Should Know

There are many different kinds of classical music out there, some of which are not appropriate for children. Wagnerian opera, for example, is probably too loud and violent for children. Parents should be careful because some classical compositions could overstimulate or bore children.

Experts like those at the American Music Therapy Association have compiled a list of attributes that classical songs for children should possess. These characteristics include:

  • A steady beat. Songs with a lot of vocals will not help babies because they lack a beat.
  • A steady and regular rhythm. Music without a steady rhythm can stimulate children, but it will not relax them nor will it encourage the development of memory skills.
  • The song should be fairly simple and easy to understand. Orchestral works and operas are often simply too complex for young children to grasp. In particular, look for works with no vocals that utilize only one or two instruments.

2. Top Ten Classical Music for Babies

Many parents have a difficult time picking out songs for babies because they are unfamiliar with classical music. Here is a list of the Top Ten Classical Works for Babies, all of which meet the criteria laid out above.

  • Suites for Solo Cello by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach
  • String Quarters Op. 33 by Joseph Haydn
  • Concerto for Flute and Harp by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Haydn String Quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Piano Trios by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • String Quartets Op. 18 by Ludwig van Beethoven (this is also known as “Early String Quartets”)
  • Clarinet Quintet in B Minor by Johannes Brahms
  • Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano by Johannes Brahms (this is also known as “Horn Trio”)
  • Inventions and Sinfonias by Johann Sebastian Bach (this is also known as “Two and Three-Part Inventions”)

Numerous versions of all of these songs can easily be found through resources such as iTunes. Watch your baby’s reaction when you play them; discover which are his or her favorites then play them regularly.

Source: newkidscenter.com/Classical-Music-For-Babies

Images source: BBC

14 Best Classical Music Tracks for Kids

When it comes to choosing classical music tracks for kids to listen to, people often don’t know where to start. I have experimented with many tracks over the years and so come armed with plenty of suggestions that have been tried and tested and are guaranteed to go down well. Here is my definitive list of music that gets kids moving, good for background for crafting or to encourage creativity.

If you’re after classical music tracks for kids in order to set a relaxed and calm environment, check out this playlist.

Best Classical Music Tracks for Kids

Music has many wonderful uses and it can be chosen to fit any mood or activity.  Children love contrast, so don’t be frightened to mix it up a bit. So here are my top 14 classical music tracks for kids, it was supposed to be 10 but I found it difficult to be so restrained! Hopefully it will help get you started…

14 Best Classical Music Tracks For Kids

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1.Johann Strauss Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka Op. 214

Great for skipping around to, good for imaginative movement.

2. Johann Strauss Radetzky March Op 228

An obvious choice for marching, banging on drums and pretending to be a soldier!

3. Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker Suite Op.79a

Who wouldn’t want to be a sugar plum fairy or march like a tin soldier!? Great variety- not just limited to Christmas and your children might already recognise it if they like the film Elf!

4. Elmer Bernstein The Great Escape Theme Tune

Another one for marching! Really good one to clap or drum the beat of the music to.

5. Henry Hall Orchestra Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Dancing with your favourite teddy bears to this track is compulsory!

6. Henry Hall Orchestra Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Great song which goes with the story of the Three Little Pigs. You can read the story and then sing along to the song!

7. Georges Bizet Carmen Suite #1: Les Toreadors

MORE marching! Particularly good for older children to pretend to conduct to, fantastic for expression and hours of rousing fun!

8. Edward Elgar Pomp and Circumstance March #1 Op.39

Similar to the Bizet track above, encourages similar kind of movement, kids just can’t resist joining in!

9. George Frideric Handel Water Music

Calming and floaty, group activity of floating scarves, or fantastic calming background music.

10. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Same category as the above, perfect for background to games and other activities.

11. Johann Pachelbel Canon in D

12. J.S Bach Air on the G String

As above – and one most people will recognise!

13. Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals

This is perfect for imaginative movement for slightly older (primary school age) children. Different animals are represented in the music, see if your children can guess which are which!

14. Traditional Scottish Country Dancing

Great for circle games, skipping through arches and budding river dancers!

We would love to add to this list. What do you think should go on? Add your/your little ones favourites in the comments below.

All source: http://www.letsplaykidsmusic.com/14-best-classical-music-tracks-for-kids/

Publisher: Crystal from babyfollow.com

It’s Not Too Late!

March 16, 2014
Posted by: Trish 
Pfeifer

For the small gathering at the Robin Hixon Theater on March 14th, it was an opportunity to enjoy a very intimate concert by the TCGS Founding Fathers and Friends and even to interact with the performers. For those not there, it was a missed opportunity to hear some of the region’s finest guitarists perform an absorbing and diverse concert.

TCGS Founding Fathers and Friends refers to Sam Dorsey, Timothy Olbrych, and John Boyles, who performed thirty years ago at the first concert sponsored by TCGS, and Cliff Morris, a guitarist who spent most of his stellar career as a professional musician in New York. The four musicians each played a solo set, ranging from the traditional Barrios’ La Catedral and Pachelbel’s Canon in D to the exceptional Thelonius Monk’s Round Midnight and Stephen Sondheim’s electronically amplified Send in the Clowns.

For the audience and the musicians, one of the highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the quartet performing works in the Tidewater Guitar Orchestra’s repertoire. Hearing familiar works in a new way, with only one musician on each part, gave a new appreciation for the music. This concert will be repeated on March 27th at the Williamsburg Regional Library. Don’t miss it!