Learn your child identify notes effortlessly

Music is not something complex. If our children are not able to easily achieve perfect pitch, it’s because we are approaching it the wrong way. In this article, we will try to find the right window for music learning by aligning it with the phoneme learning window.

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Imagine your child could identify musical notes as effortlessly as they recognize colors.  This is indeed how a child develops: before the time is not the time, and after the time, you lose much of the development potential. Sensory development occurs well before motor development. Therefore, we will learn here to practice active listening to music with both visual-auditory and auditory-auditory associations.it’s a possibility through the strategic introduction of music education in early childhood.

In this blog post, we explore how early childhood music education can lay the foundation for developing absolute pitch, drawing parallels with language acquisition in infants.

Phonemes and Pitch

From birth, infants are attuned to the phonemic sounds of their native language. This early detection and specialization in phonemes are crucial as they form the building blocks of language. Interestingly, these auditory skills are not just limited to language but are also fundamental to musical training.

Early Phoneme Detection

Research indicates that infants have a remarkable ability to discern phonemic differences in language from the moment they are born. They are particularly sensitive to the phonemic structures they hear during pregnancy and the early months of life. This sensitivity is what language learning and early musical education capitalize on.

Sensitive Period for Phonemic and Musical Learning

Between the ages of 6 and 12 months, infants begin to specialize in the sounds of their native language. This period is also crucial for musical exposure. Early and consistent exposure to musical notes during this time can foster a sensitivity to pitch similar to how they learn to recognize language sounds. It is beneficial to start making visual-auditory or auditory-auditory associations (matching the sound of notes with their names) so that the child begins to perceive musical notes as units of information, or units of intelligence. This method helps in embedding the recognition of musical pitches as naturally as language elements.

Decreasing Phonemic Plasticity

Just as with language, the window for developing a nuanced ear for musical pitches narrows as the child grows. By the age of 12 months, an infant’s ability to pick up non-native phonemes decreases, and similarly, the ease of acquiring absolute pitch diminishes unless nurtured with continued musical exposure.

Ongoing Learning with Challenges

While it becomes more challenging to learn non-native phonemes or unfamiliar musical pitches after the first year, ongoing exposure and practice can still lead to significant musical ability. The key is consistent and engaging musical training.

I have prepared a short sequence for you to present to your child in five-second intervals. This will obviously not teach music to your child. However, before proceeding further, as this is a tedious task, I would like to know if this format interests you, in which case I will provide more sequences like this one.

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