Zoltan Kodaly, music educator, stated, “Music education begins nine months before the birth of the mother.” He identified three stages of learning: unconscious experience, making conscious and reinforcement. Unconscious experience begins in the womb.
Research finds that, “Sensory and brain mechanisms for hearing are developed at 30 weeks of gestational age, and the new study shows that unborn babies are listening to their mothers talk during the last 10 weeks of pregnancy and at birth can demonstrate what they’ve heard.” The point is simply that newborns have a powerful memory for sounds they encountered while still in the womb in the last part of gestation.
A friend of mine shares that when she was pregnant with her oldest son, she often sang, “This is My Father’s World” to him. She continued to sing it to him after he was born as she rocked him or became fussy. As he grew older and found himself afraid or anxious, he would ask for that hymn to be sung. Today, it is his favorite hymn!
Sing faith-songs to your children and hardwire God songs in their hearts and minds.
Research electronically retrieved: https://www.washington.edu/news/2013/01/02/while-in-womb-babies-begin-learning-language-from-their-mothers/