Early musical experiences as inspiration for early interaction

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Successful communication underspins the success of all human endeavours. In this study, early inetaction with music in its many forms and connections was observed. Music, in the current investigation, was considered as a way of communication, constructed of musical elements, which was the reason for investigating the connections of music education and mother-child interaction. The musical-emotional communication in the groups of (pregnant) mothers and (fetus) babies was compared in the investigation: 1) the group for both pre- and postnatal musical sessions, 2) the group only for postnatal musical sessions, and 3) the group for no musical sessions at all. The study method was triangulation, wiht systematic video observation as the main method. The prenatal musical experiences were found to be especially significant for the mother-infant bonding based on vocal, cisual, bodily and emotional evidence: early interaction can be musically supported.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArts and skills - Source of Well-being
Subtitle of host publicationThird International Journal of Intercultural Arts Education
EditorsHeikki Ruismäki, Inkeri Ruokonen
PublisherUniversity of Helsinki
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings


  • foetuses
  • infants
  • mothers
  • music education


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