What music should children listen to

Before learning languages

Research shows that musical development helps in linguistics.

The results of one of the papers on this topic were published in the journal Brain Sciences. The experiment involved 35 preschoolers from 5 to 6 years. They had to memorize and repeat a few phrases in four foreign languages: Turkish, Filipino (it is spoken by Filipinos), Russian and Chinese. Children’s musical abilities were also tested. Those who grew up in a more musical environment better reproduced and imitated unfamiliar language material.

And Italian researchers have decided to conduct a similar experiment with students. Several groups were studied. One had music twice a week, the other six times. As a result, those who played music more intensively showed better results in learning English and French.

In Germany, they studied the language with migrant children through songs. As a result of only three 40-minute sessions, where the children learned two songs in German, their language skills improved significantly, even in grammar. During the testing, the examiners offered to remember the words that were found in the songs. While processing the results, they paid attention to such a detail, those who sang the melody during the exam remembered more words than others.

Musicians have a different brain

The process of learning a language is very similar to how we memorize a musical phrase. In addition, musically developed children have better pronunciation, as they are more sensitive to the sound nuances of different timbres and pitches. Both music and language have their own rules by which words or notes are combined. Musical exercises hone brain development and even improve literacy.

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The method of magnetic resonance imaging has proven that musicians have an active left hemisphere, which just controls the speech processes.

Sounds affect us not only emotionally but also physically

Due to the resonance of some rhythms improves mood, efficiency, from others – there is calm and relaxation. Sergei Shusharjan, MD, the founder of scientific music therapy in Russia has developed music therapy programs to regulate the human condition.

So what kind of music do children need to listen to? I often use websites where I can check for song BPM. Look for songs with low BPM to find sedative music and songs with high BPM for quick music. Here are some of the selected and tested works.

Music for children that provides a sedative (Ie calming) action:
W. Mozart: Symphony №4 – Andante
L. Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata – Adagio sostenuto
I. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto №1 – Adagio
P. Tchaikovsky: Melody
E. Grieg: Suite “Peer Gynt” – Song of Solveig
J. Haydn: Symphony №96 – Andante
C. Debussy: Moonlight
F. Chopin: Piano Concerto№2 – Larghetto
A. Vivaldi: Seasons – Spring
S. Rachmaninoff: Vocals
F. Schubert: A musical moment
T. Albinoni: Adagio

Works that have a tonic effect:
P. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Waltz
I. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto №2 and №3 -1 part
A. Rubinstein: Melody
E. Grieg: Peer Gynt – Morning
I. Strauss: Waltz “Blue Danube”
W. Mozart: “Little Night Serenade”
I. Pachelbel: Canon (D major)
R. Schumann: Symphony№3 (E flat major)
R. Clayderman “Mamma Mia”
Sinatra “Forget Domani”

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