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Music Helps Me Learn and Grow [Infographic]

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Music helps me learn and grow!

Numerous studies show that early access to music education is essential to building the foundational skills that set children up for success in school and in life. When you attend an Early Childhood music class with your baby or toddler, you’re taking an important step in supporting your little one’s cognitive development, social-emotional growth, language acquisition, and motor skills.

SOURCES:
Brandt, Anthony et al. “Music and early language acquisition.” Frontiers in psychology vol. 3 327. 11 Sep. 2012, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00327
Lerner, Claire, and Rebecca Parlakian. “Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers.” Zero to Three, 11 Aug. 2016, www.zerotothree.org/resources/1514-beyond-twinkle-twinkle-using-music-with-infants-and-toddlers.
Staff, Live Science. “Babies Know Happy From Sad Songs.” LiveScience, Purch, 9 Oct. 2008, www.livescience.com/7581-babies-happy-sad-songs.html.
“Study: Listening to Music Helps Babies Develop Language.” Voice of America, 26 Apr. 2016, www.voanews.com/silicon-valley-technology/study-listening-music-helps-babies-develop-language.
Williamson, Victoria. “Musical Giftedness: Born or Bred?” BBC Proms 2018: Festival Guide, BBC Proms, 2018.