Study: Want Your Baby to Smile More? Make Music Together
PROBLEM: Previous studies have suggested that musical training helps children's development. It remains unknown, however, how early and to what extent this experience can have a positive effect.
METHODOLOGY: McMaster University psychologists led by Laurel Trainor assigned groups of parents and babies, who had shown similar communication and social development, in one of two types of weekly music instruction for six months. One music class involved interactive music-making as well as learning a small set of lullabies, percussion instruments, nursery rhymes, and songs with actions. In the other class, babies and their parents simply played at various toy stations while recordings from the popular Baby Einstein series were in the background.