Music entrains the brain and, as such, can make a huge difference during a much needed moment, easing the ups and downs of life by reinforcing and then shifting the person’s emotional state. So let it roll!
And while rolling, note that…
If your child plays the same song repeatedly it may be a great indicator of whether they need stimulation or calming.
So let your child choose the song, but don’t then walk away. Instead, seek alternative means of creating a similar effect in order that they might have more opportunity to grow instead become music dependent.
Example: seekers of music with slow, low, bass-like sounds, chants and oms, could find the ocean beach comforting but not enjoy the lake. Pay attention, discover similar song sounds together, help them help themselves while using music to shift states. The music of songs and the music of your environment.
Additionally, music can be used to modify monotone speech. Which, in turn, can help modify moods.
When I am helping a child who has no vocal control, especially if they speak loudly more ‘at’ than ‘with’ me, I suggest they put music in their voice.
I then model speaking in a singing voice, and we practice different types of ‘mood’ speaking.
Then whenever they are speaking ‘at’ someone I simply prompt them with: “Remember to put music in your voice.”
I have many adorable, wonderful, hilarious, tender memories of many adorable, wonderful, hilarious, tender children with monotone speech as they put a song in their voice in uniquely varied ways!
Please, instead of speaking loudly back, join me in the creation of this wonderful choir of souls!
That’s the music I choose.
Dr. Lynette Louise (“The Brain Broad”)