LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR LIFE: LOVING, SYNCHRONOUS RELATIONSHIP BASED MUSICAL PLAY

Infants respond to music from birth, especially loving, relationship based music interactions with their parents. Long before birth, the infant has been listening to the musicality of the mother’s voice – the ebb and flow of the pitches, phrases and timing, as well as the rhythms of the mother’s heart beat, sounds of her digestive system, and movement of her body. Research shows that the newborn infant can distinguish elements of rhythm, pitch and melody. Sound, rhythm and movement play vital roles in the physical and psychological development of the foetus. These elements contribute to laying the foundation for the emergence of a musical, social infant who is born to interact, play and learn as a social being.

It is no surprise then, that the study detailed in the link below, reveals how infants respond to highly expressive, emotional interactions that incorporate rhythmic, physical movement, gestures and visual aspects. Such relationship based, playful and expressive musical play, provides numerous opportunities for synchronous movement and the sharing of a flexible, musical pulse which allows infant and parent to adapt their movements, gestures, tempi, musical form, pitch and contours of sounds. Parents universally have found that lullabies help to relax, soothe and comfort both them and their tired infant, especially if they are rocking, patting, or stroking the baby with deep pressure touch, or bouncing or walking the infant around the room. Musical play helps to build strong bonds of love and a secure relationship, which is vital for laying the foundation for a positive start in life.

© Julie Wylie, 28 May 2018

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/05/15/610448906/the-surprising-benefit-of-moving-and-grooving-with-your-kid

 

 


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Dearest Julie, Today you are celebrating 25 years of Julie Wylie Music in the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral with a Christmas Concert for Early Childhood. Even though we are in Canberra, Australia I want to acknowledge the profound influence your work has had on our work. Every time I go into an early childhood setting there you are on my shoulder as a major mentor, smiling that beaming smile and advocating on behalf of following the child and play-based learning, moment by moment making magical, musical connections. Spending time with you in the Champion Centre some time ago observing your work was a huge privilege. Hearing you articulate the basis of your own philosophy, your own story, your understanding of neuroscience and music, and your passion for music-making has been nothing short of inspiring. We stand on your shoulders to share the gift of music with many other children and their families here in Canberra. Today we honour your enormous contribution and carry your energy in our hearts and into every musical interaction. I hope today many other also acknowledge your enormous contribution in the field of early childhood musical play and music therapy.

Love, Emma & all at Rocking Horse Music, Canberra, Australia xxxxxxxxxxxx

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