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A child’s brain develops faster with exposure to music education

“Music and the Brain” – An article from the Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center

“The Neuroscience of Musical Play” by Julie Wylie


“The Love of Special Companions and the Importance of Play: What is Being Human and How Can It Thrive” by Professor Colwyn Trevarthen, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh.

“How Brains are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development” – Singing, and playing simple games like peek-a-boo, are wonderful ways to enjoy the “serve and return” interactions that help young children to thrive. Musical Play is a fabulous way to build strong brain architecture!


“The Process of Serve and Return” – An interview with Professor Phil Fisher, an expert in children’s neurobiological and psychological development.

Music, the Brain and Wellbeing
Sound Arts, The Menza Magazine
Pages 13, 14, Volume 3, Number 1, February 2007

A TED talk by Annie Murphy Paul – “What We Learn Before We’re Born”

“Music in Utero: The Smile of the Unborn”

“The Benefits of Singing to Babies” – An interview with Dr Shannon de L’Etoile, Professor of Music Therapy at the University of Miami.

“Singing ‘speeds up’ recovery from post-natal depression”Music is a language of the emotions that facilitates connection and bonding between parent and child. A study of mothers with post-natal depression, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, has found “that women who took part in group singing sessions with their babies experienced a much faster improvement in their symptoms than those who did not.

“How you Talk to your Child Changes their Brain” by Sophie Hardach, World Economic Forum – A key ingredient in Musical Play is relationship based turn taking in conversations between parent and child, with much use of facial expression, eye contact and interest in what the child has to sing or say, helping them to feel confident and valued as a communicator from birth.

“Music with 0-4: Just Fun, Music Education or Even More?” by Margré van Gestel, Music pedagogue and Specialist Infant Mental Health, the Netherlands, and ISME Board member

“Music Lessons Were the Best Thing Your Parents Ever Did for You, According to Science” by Tom Barnes

Nathan Wallis: What 3 – 7 Year Olds Need to Learn


“Musical Play with Babies and Young Children”
Julie Wylie
MANZ Magazine April 15th 2015

When Should Babies Start Music?

Creativity Begins in the Cradle
Sound Arts, The Menza Magazine. Making Education Through Music.
Page 13, Volume 1, Number 3, October 2006

The Universality of Musical Play
Julie Wylie

Music for Infants and Toddlers
The First Years: Nga Tau Tuatahi. New Zealand Journal of Infant and Toddler Education.
Page 10, Volume 6, Issue 1 2004

Steven Johnson: How play leads to great inventions

Biography of ISME Member Sheila Woodward

Why Establish Musical Parenting
Sound Ideas July/August 1999 Volume 3 no.1 pages 21-26 also a new addition.

Red Cross Emergency Song by Julie Wylie

A Finnish book, with a chapter written by Julie Wylie. Published in Finland.


Musical Play as Therapy in an Early Intervention Programme
Julie Wylie & Susan Foster-Cohen
Approaches: Music Therapy & Special Music Education 2013

“Music, music therapy, musical play and the role of music in the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome”

“My son’s Down’s syndrome does not define him”

Building Bridges through Music
Sound Ideas Nurturing through Music April 2000 Volume 3 no.3 pages 12-14

Music is the Key
Sound Ideas, November 1998 Volume 2 no.2 pages42-45

‘Sensory Processing Issues Explained’
Child Mind Institute (Author: Beth Arky)

Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders:
“Cognitive Abilities: A different way of thinking and learning profile; and Managing Challenging Behaviour in Children with Autism.” Dr Tony Attwood.

Dinosnores – helping children be their very best!


“Music and Movement – Instrumental in Language Development”
Early Childhood News

The Importance of Prenatal Sound and Music

“The Importance of Keeping a Beat: Researchers Link Ability to Keep a Beat to Reading, Language Skills”


Thank you for your wonderful presentation at the IRMTNZ conference Julie. I had so many comments about how inspiring your session was.

Katherine Jones, President of Canterbury Branch, Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand IRMTNZ
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