Babbling Babies

Tuesday 11 November 2014
– Julie Wylie

Today a baby aged five months in my baby class was lying on her tummy on the floor facing me with her mother alongside her with a large flat drum between us. I played a simple rhythmic pattern on the drum supported by a babbling song with the same pattern. The baby smiled and copied without missing a beat. The song continued and at the same place when I played the pattern, the baby copied again and beamed with pride. This pride was reflected in the mother’s face and in the faces of other adults in the group. We underestimate the musicality of babies and their inherent feel for musical phrases and musical form.