Once Upon a Dream…
As a record producer, Keith Whiting, the founder and owner of Dreams & Lullabies (D&L), first became interested in how babies react to music a number of years ago when friends of his had their first child.
Keith has long appreciated the significance and power of music. We can all relate to how a sad song reminds us of a lost love, an up-tempo song from our youth can induce us to drive faster, how a haunting melody gives us a lump in our throats while a patriotic song can inspire us to cheer on our country at a sporting event.
Keith has enjoyed a lengthy career in the music industry, which has spanned over 40 years and enabled him to travel around the world. He’s had the incredible good fortune of working with some of the biggest jazz and R&B artists in the world, including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Celine Dion, Roberta Flack, The Temptations, Glenn Campbell, Mel Torme, Pat Metheny, Kool & The Gang, Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Neil Sedaka, to name but a few.
The Birth of D&L
Having personally experienced the effects music had on his friend’s baby, Keith began to research this topic further. The research indicated that babies like a wide range of music – everything from jazz to folk to classical, and that as they get older they reacted positively to more complex arrangements.
He also discovered that several different kinds of music all had a positive effect on children. Having babies and young children listen to songs recorded with a variety of sounds, from heartbeats to nature to instrumental songs and those with vocals all contributed to their mental well-being.
According to Dr. Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin, “Music helps improve children’s ability to reason abstractly, by strengthening neural firing patterns of the brain”.
“Hearing complex sound patterns help develop the brain”, says Alexander Barzvi, child and adolescent psychologist at the New York University Child Study Center.