Fetal Responses to Music
Reviewed by Julia Priest
Parents often ask music and movement teachers whether class is beneficial for their newborns and young infants. Some parents express their plan to wait “until s/he can really get something out of it.” What can we tell them to support our intuitive conviction that their children should come to class early and often?
This article reports on three current studies that should help early childhood music and movement specialists speak with evidence-based clarity about the music perception and learning abilities of fetuses, newborns, and, by extension, young infants. For the sake of simplicity, we will honor the scientific convention of calling a human being before birth a fetus, reserving the terms infant and baby for the neo-natal period. The studies described in this article were designed to be…