“Music”, he writes, “being grounded in the body, communicative of emotion, implicit, is a natural expression of the nature of the right hemisphere” (p. 72). The infant is born ready to interact and discover her musical culture. Hearing responds to musical sounds from the third trimester of pregnancy (Busnel et al., 1992), and infants can recognize music they heard before birth . They recognize musical contours and rhythmic patterns , and ‘dance’ to music before they are one year old (Zentner et al., 2010). Infant-inclusive singing is preferred, like infant-inclusive speaking1.
According to research by the University of Derby, the connection between young people and nature decreases during teenagehood, which can take more than 10 years to recover. Contemporary music also uses less nature references than earlier music dating to the 1950’s. It is known that having a connection to nature is integral to the wellbeing of people, and the … Read More