Monday, May 21, 2007

Classical music for crying babies

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I heard about this on the radio this morning and was intrigued. At first I thought they had a lineup of babies howling on Eb G Bb or in a minor key or something! But what a nice idea it is - 45 minutes for mums and their little kids. Soothing Faure perhaps? Not the Bruch Violin Concerto slow movement I heard this morning which was brilliant.

from the radio station website: 3MBS - FM about 203 on the dial, the best station for 'classical' music in Victoria.

3MBS Cry Baby Classical Concerts - Music for children of all ages!

The City of Yarra and 3MBS proudly present the first in a series of Cry Baby Classical Concerts for babies, children and adults.

Music for children will be performed live by the Darcy Quartet (pictured) as part of the Fitzroy Town Hall Reopening Celebrations. These concerts are specifically designed for parents with babies and young children.....

Time: 2:00pm (45 mins)
Where: Reading Room of the Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street.

These events are free and all are welcome! 3MBS FM, in conjunction with the Reopening Celebrations for Fitzroy Town Hall....

Numerous studies around the world have concluded that playing music to babies in the womb and in the early years helps build the neural bridges along which thoughts and information travel.

Research suggests it creates a feeling of calm; helping babies to be soothed by classical music.

Music for children will be performed live and babies and adults are all welcome.
3MBS FM is now installed in our beautiful new premises in the St Euphrasia Building at the Abbotsford Convent. We will always continue to promote classical music not only through broadcasting but through music education, appreciation and live performances such as the Cry Baby Classical Concerts.

The music of Mozart and Beethoven will still be alive in 30 years when your baby is an adult and you can guarantee 3MBS FM will be part of it!

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Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...


It is also widely said that the tone palettes used by Mozart in a lot of his tunes happens to be just right to facilitate alpha waves in the brain, creating a calming effect.

My school's library actually has a book about the subject including a CD with the Mozart works that best represent this effect. One day our music teacher and I popped on that CD in the music room, and it made everyone in the room feel comfortably drowsy...and not out of boredom, either!

7:43 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

thanks for your contribution Moody. I always thought that the tonal patterns and repetition in lullabies work well with babies and small children.
So now I wonder what is the 'disturbing' effect of music that is very different from Mozart! Does Heavy Metal music alter brain waves? Make listeners irritable?

7:02 PM  
Blogger suzbats said...

3MBS have been running these concerts since May and we are absolutely staggered by the attendance and popularity of them!
(Susan Batten)

4:36 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Hello Susan,
Really this inspirational idea could be taken up at local levels without huge symphony orchestras - just a flute and guitar player or folk singer. Groups of young mothers and babies could meet in an inviting space - a carpeted hall. Churches could get in on the idea as they usually have lots of volunteer kind of people.

We were talking about groups for young mums at our Interfaith women's network this morning.

There is potential there also for singing. It the Choir of Hard Knocks can sing 'Alleluia' then lots of Mums could surely sing also!

1:57 AM  

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