When I was in college I took a course called Psychoacoustics. I know. Right? But of all the miraculous things I learned in that class, the concept of The Spontaneous Song Stage seared into my memory.
This is a stage right at the onset of language development around 16 months to 3 years when a baby SINGS EVERYTHING. “I want to go to the potty...” Becomes a type of grand opera aria when sung at the top of your little ones lungs.
I have been assisting in the Toddler room at the Norwich Child Care Center and Green Mountain Child Care Center where I get to cuddle, sing and play with my favorite people. Toddlers.
They love music. LOVE It. Relish it. Live for it!
And...they are becoming very good singers. There is a theory about breathing that goes something like this. Babies breathe more naturally than anyone else. They inhale and their diaphragms lower automatically without thought. For some reason as we age, we begin to “breathe backward.” Our tummy’s squeeze in and our chests puff out. This results in unsupported vocal production and can wear our voices out much quicker over time.
So..imagine a room full of 2 year olds with their powerful breath support and brand new vocal chords. It’s a little like a room full of beginning band students but the sound is so joyful.
Everyone should sing everything all of the time. Then maybe more people would listen?