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Developing Your Child’s Musical IQ

Buying lots of baby toys and baby clothes in Malaysia for your little is an exciting experience, but don’t forget to focus on the most important things. Do you want your child to grow up intelligent and musically inclined? Then, maybe it’s time to let her to listen to Mozart and Beethoven.

Listening to the music of these classical composers will not instantly increase your baby’s IQ, but a regular, active involvement with music can eventually increase her musical intelligence.

According to a concept called Mozart effect, music can improve your child’s spatial reasoning and mathematical skills. Quite possibly, music can also foster academic success. The Mozart effect is a controversial theory developed by Don Campbell, a music educator. Basically, he claims that classical music can stimulate early brain development.

Value of music

The controversy that surrounds the Mozart effect is not yet resolved until now. But, new emerging studies shed new light on how it can really foster a kid’s musical abilities. As per Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University, musical intelligence is, at some distinct capacity, at par with artistic intelligence, physical intelligence and more. Since traditional schools rarely focus on multiple intelligences, it’s up to you, as the parent, to take an active role in developing it.

How to develop your kid’s musical intelligence?

1. Make music together.

There is no need to invest in expensive musical instruments. Just chopsticks and wooden spoons are enough to come up with makeshift drums. You can also use rice in cans to make quality shakers that your kid can use to make catchy rhythms.

2. Watch live performances together.

Once your kid is big enough to go to concerts, take her with you. These live performances don’t need to be expensive and fancy. The important thing here is that it shows your child that music is an activity that can lead to genuine accomplishments.

3. Sing to your child.

Do you know that kids can detect melodies as early as 2 months? Furthermore, at that stage, they can already differentiate the voices of their parents. Hearing voices can help your little one differentiate different pitches.