The Italian pianist and composer Ferruccio Busoni described music as a child that floats on air. It is a description that says nothing about music and still at the same time it says everything.
- Music needs a thinking ear, but words are not necessary for music appreciation.
Infant’s as Music Critics
Music is a world full of emotions and associations and infants love lullabies and play songs.
An infant’s preference for music develops early – before they can speak.
- But do infants prefer certain types of music?
- And if they do, what sort of music do they prefer?
A recent study examined infants’ preferences by using a head-turn preference procedure.
- Lullabies are soothing songs that lull the baby to sleep.
- Avoid high pitches! It seems like 6-and -7- month-old infants prefers low-pitched versions of lullabies.
- Young infants – 7-month-olds – listen longer to a lullaby of a novel pitch, which suggests that they can remeber the pitch.
- Interestingly recent research suggests that infants prefer high-pitched versions of play–songs.
- Play-songs are more brilliant, snappy and rhythmic.
It seems like infants are fast becoming budding music critics and that at a young age their pitch preferences is depending upon the context and music genre.
Photos: Baby Hand On Piano by sixninepixels