There are lots of articles out there saying listening to Mozart music will make your baby smarter. I too bought Mozart music CD during pregnancy & listened to it everyday. The aim was not to make my baby smarter though, but to expose him to soothing calm music & inculcate love for good music. Whenever I listened to it during pregnancy, I could feel rhythmic baby movements inside & I somehow felt he enjoyed. After delivery, when we first came back to the hospital room, he was crying & as soon as I switched on Mozart music, he calmed down instantly! Looking back now, I realize it was not just the magic of Mozart, it was more of a routine that was set for little A & listening to the same music outside the womb, he felt secured & at ease.
So coming to the point, it isn’t just Mozart music. After broadening my parenting horizons through various workshops & books, I realized how Indian classical music can be a boon for babies, for that matter adults too.
Here are 5 reasons you should introduce Indian classical music to babies, be it inside or outside the womb –
More Interesting Neural Connections
Indian classical music has a beautiful quality of having a structure within any composition. Any raaga has a set of rules & structure to be followed. Any composition in a raaga adheres to its structure. And the taal has a steady rhythm in it. In a deeper spiritual sense, our life has rhythm & sequence in it everywhere. Be it making a cup of tea on a gas stove – every person follows a particular sequence & rhythm to make the same tea but still the taste comes out different, it is because every person’s rhythm is different. Indian classical music inculcates a sense of structure & rhythm in one’s brain, facilitating such interesting new neural connections. Zero to three is the age where tons of neural connections are being made, why should we miss out on these unique ones which this music can help us with.
Stimulates Right Brain
Art & music centers are located in the right brain. In the initial years, the child’s right brain is more active by nature’s design. It makes all the more sense to give more stimulation to the right brain through many ways, one being good music. There is pop music that’s playing on TV & then there is Indian classical music, no second thoughts about making a choice for our little one, right?
Calms The Mind
Music therapies are not new to the world. Music calms the mind, provided it is music & not noise 😉 Good music does exactly the same thing to the child as it does to an adult. A calmer & happier baby is not unwanted by anyone! And hey, you yourself can benefit from the music while it is being played for your little one.
Sets Up A Routine
Toddlers love a sense of routine. It makes their otherwise unpredictable life predictable. For example, if you play a certain music every morning, they know what is coming next as an everyday routine & will be mentally ready for that & will be calmer. Many tantrums are because of disruptive routines. At the end of this post, I will share how I use Indian classical music to set a routine for my toddler.