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ERIC Number: EJ1026431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Infants' Attention to Synthesised Baby Music and Original Acoustic Music
Merkow, Carla H.; Costa-Giomi, Eugenia
Early Child Development and Care, v184 n1 p73-83 2014
The distinct music genre known as baby music is based on the premise that infants benefit from music "re-orchestrated for their little ears" ("Baby Einstein Takealong Tunes". (2012). Retrieved December 11, 2012, from http://www.babyeinstein.com/en/products/product_explorer/theme/music/62350/Takealong_Tunes.html). We completed a study with 12- and 13-month-olds (n?=?24) to explore infants' preferential attention to music engineered specifically for them and the original acoustic music upon which the baby versions were created. The results of an infant-controlled preference procedure showed that infants were equally attentive to both types of music. However, infants who listened to relatives playing instruments at home (n?=?10) attended longer to the baby music version than to the original acoustic version, whereas the opposite was true for infants who did not have such opportunity. The results of the study raise questions regarding the need to re-orchestrate music intended for babies and alter the original instrumentations as set by the composers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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