An article with a title like, “Bilingual Babies Are Better at Detecting Musical Sounds, Research Shows”, definitely captures our attention here at Kindermusik! What’s just as fascinating to us as anything else is how this article identifies benefits of bilingualism that are also benefits of beginning to learn the universal language of music at a very young age.
For example, our Kindermusik library of music includes songs in other languages and music from around the world. And just like “exposure to multiple languages may sharpen infants’ music sensitivity in the first year after birth,” according to new research cited in the article, exposure to the language of music through a variety of music sung in other languages and music from other cultures also enhances both language development and musical sensitivity.
But it’s not only language development that’s enhanced by being musically “multilingual.” Other benefits also referenced in this article include:
- Enhanced listening skills
- More abstract thinking skills
- Heightened ability to discriminate between sounds
- More sensitivity to visual cues in language
- Better social communication skills
- Increased capacity for working memory
- Greater cognitive functionality
It’s clear that early exposure to the language of music has some surprising short- and long-term benefits. But with over 30 years as the world’s leader in music and movement education, all of us here at Kindermusik know from all of the smiles, giggles, and hugs that there are also lots of happy together time and magical moments of bonding and together time as a result of learning music in a class like Kindermusik too!
Shared by Theresa Case, director of Piano Central Studios in Greenville, SC