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Meagan Moss
2/10/12

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General Purpose: To inform

Specific Purpose: To inform about why babies should listen to classical music for the first year of life.

Central Idea: Classical music benefits newborns. Listening to it tends to be more soothing for babies. Premature babies also benefit by gaining more weight and having a stronger heartbeat. The baby’s spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills are also improved. Mothers tend to benefit as well by becoming happier. As a result, the bond between mommy and child become stronger.

We have all heard of the theory that listening to music in the first year of life will make your baby smarter. Scientists have been researching this theory for years and have shown that listening to music does not make you smarter. However, it still has its benefits for both mother and child.

All genres of music have been researched but scientists have shown that classical music tends to benefit babies the most. This is due to its complex musical structure and its soothing nature. Children benefit from classical music in many ways. First, it helps soothe infants and allows for an easy way to put your baby to sleep. Second, there is a significant possibility that premature babies become stronger quicker when exposed to classical music. Listening to this genre showed that premature babies gained more weight and had a stronger heartbeat than those that were not exposed to music. Lastly, listening to classical allows children to improve their spatial reasoning and critical thinking skills. For those of you that don’t know, spatial reasoning is important for generating solutions to multi-step problems, such as those involved in games, math, and science. Classical music “turns on” pathways that correspond to spatial reasoning and critical thinking. This is because babies are born with a mass of neurons in their brain. As they grow, their nerve cells quickly form and connect making children vulnerable to...
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