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How music, sound play role in children’s development

If you look up the definition of music, it’s surprising to find that there’s a discussion of the difference between music and noise.

Music is defined by the Concise Oxford Dictionary as “the art of combining vocal or instrumental sounds (or both) to produce beauty of form, harmony and expression of emotion.”

However, some kinds of music use sounds not considered as beautiful or harmonious such as electronic distortion, feedback or static. Making the study of what is music more complicated, many languages don’t have a word translated as “music” as understood by Western cultures. Wikipedia comments that music is organized sound, but another example of organized sound is human speech.

Interestingly, researchers such as Daniel Levitin, Michael Thaut and Ian Cross have provided some early evidence that music is a critical core function of our brain and may have emerged before speech. The modern human brain came into being 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. The oldest musical instrument, a bone flute dated 40,000 years ago, has been found. It would seem logical that singing emerged before playing a flute.

Evolutionary development is often considered to mirror child development. Singing, dancing and playing are important ways through which all children learn thinking, language and social and emotional skills. Perhaps through singing, dancing and playing early humans developed the same way.

Researchers at Rice University and the University of Maryland feel that when it comes to music, language and evolution, we’ve got it all backward. They theorize that music didn’t emerge as a result of the development of language but that music came first and the language part came later. They think language is better thought of as a special type of music. The music developed first and provides the foundation for language, another organized sound system.

Anthony Brandt at Rice University states, “Infants listen first to

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