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Developentally Appropriate Music & Literacy Experiences: 6 months to 2 years

  • Jun 29, 2010
  • Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard

When reading to your child, "piggyback" a familiar melody to the text of a book. This will increase attending behavior and enhance auditory perception. Soothe your baby with lullabies. Exposure to classical music, such as J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi can begin at birth. Musical toys and musical boxes are also favorites. Infant massage with soft background music provides opportunities for attachment and a calming interaction between baby and caregiver. Singing to your baby while rocking and cradling also builds attachment.

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