Re: Dancing to the Dishwasher

Subject: Re: Dancing to the Dishwasher
From: Nadene (
Date: Sun Oct 03 2004 - 10:37:06 EDT

Hi Sandra / list

I have two kids of my own who both responded very early to both sound
and rhythm. In fact one of my sons responded to rhythm almost
immediately (and in fact while still in the womb) - he still responds
to rhythms and sounds far more than melody. In fact it is the sound
quality that he goes for (he's 9 years old now) and he finds
musicality associated with it. We haven't taught him that there
should be a difference between music and sound and he seems to have
an unbiased appreciation for any sounds he hears or creates himself.
One of his favourite activities is to listen to radio programmes in
foreign languages and playing with the dial to create a rhythm with

Anyway, my other son enjoys music and responds very differently to
sounds and also responded to rhythm at a much earlier age (1-2 years
old - he's now 12) than he did melody.

How much their environment played a factor on their responses, I
don't know. But I have never emphasized an appreciation of music
over an appreciation of sound whether organized or not.


>Hello list,
>My 14 month old son enjoys dancing to music. He does it often and he'll
>dance to many different types of music. A couple of months ago, he
>started to bounce in place when he would hear certain songs. Then several
>weeks ago, he started to move his head from side to side (kind of like a
>Stevie Wonder thing). Lately his new thing is to sway back and forth from
>one leg to another.But today, the cutest and most interesting thing
>happened. I started the dishwasher, and all of a sudden, he started
>dancing in front of it. I was wondering what some of your views were on
>the topic of music and how it is perceived in very young children
>(toddlers age 12 months +). Did my son perceive the sound(s) of the
>dishwasher as music?
>Any other views relating to this topic are welcome. I have been curious
>about this ever since he was born!
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Nadene Thériault-Copeland
Managing Director
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