As pregnant women, we’ll play music for baby in the womb regularly, without understanding the effects. Music is everywhere. A a bit of rock as we browse a store, K-pop on the bus or even love songs in the car.
But, many women practice this art more strategically, gently resting with their favourite choice of music playing to their little one through headphones or a stereo. It’s said to relax baby and help them begin to connect with the outside world. Women have often reported that a baby will react and move inside their tummy to certain types of music or an individual song.
One woman in particular, Iryna Vokhmyanina, a PhD, Associate Professor of Music in the Ukraine and Singapore, suggests that classical music is the best music for children before they’re born. She believes that listening to this type of music actually helps to build a maternal bond. Assists in the development of a baby’s brain, making them smarter and more creative, all while they are still inside the womb.
So certain of its power for the unborn child and ability to strengthen the bonds between mother and child, Iryna has set up a series of concerts called Symphony of Motherhood. As artistic director, she has crafted a set list of classical music and poetry, specifically designed for expecting mothers and young babies. But, Iryna says, is as equally enjoyable for supporting friends and family.
According to Irina Pasichnyk, a PhD, Associate Professor and coordinator of the project of perinatal training, “Mozart Effect,” who supports the events. The benefits are conducted through the enjoyment and atmosphere of live performances.
She says: “The live sound of a diverse range of musical instruments and sounds of the human voice creates a special emotional state, in which a maternal attachment arises. The main idea of the project is the creation of an atmosphere, which contributes to the closest possible interaction with the child. Live performance of various musical compositions harmoniously affects the organs of feelings and the consciousness, actively forms the aesthetic perception of the world and world-view.”
Catch the Symphony of Motherhood concert next at Tanglewood Music School’s Concert Hall, Fusionopolis way, on Sunday 27th October from 4pm. Tickets are limited so call +65 6733 1730 or email [email protected] Admission – $38.