3 thoughts on “Baby on Stage: Music, Performance, and the Infant Brain

  • January 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Not to question whether the earplugs were sufficient, but actually, falling asleep is a normal defence reaction to noise and confusion in a small baby. I used to think it was strange that my son would fall asleep almost instantly when we had a noisy houseful of my daughter’s playgroup friends over, until I read this fact. It struck me, because my reaction to being nervous before my race at track meets in high school was a desire to curl up and go to sleep somewhere, even in the middle of the track. I always woke up at the sound of the gun though!

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    • January 28, 2011 at 11:28 am

      That’s very interesting, thanks for bringing it up. So it’s a way of escaping overstimulation? I am easily overwhelmed by too much going on around me, I’m going to pay attention to whether I get sleepy.

      The baby was awake for much of the set and seemed to be enjoying himself. His mother noticed when he was ready to sleep (she mentioned it to the crowd), turned him around and he zonked out immediately. Afterwards, while she was wandering around the theater visiting with people, he was awake again.

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  • April 3, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    That’s a wonderful story, and as long as his ears were protected and his needs were met (ie turning round for sleep as you mention) then I can only think it is a wonderful experience for him. My husband and I have developed CD of Jazz Nursery Rhymes (http://bit.ly/gKiAB4 ) as research advocates exposure to all styles of music as a healthy experience. I played live on stage with a band during pregnancy with my first son, and with an orchestra regularly during pregnancy with my second son, and so if I had continued these live experiences once the babies were born the familiarity would have been comforting for them, as babies are shown to recognise music heard whilst in the womb. Good luck to her, and I’m sure she’ll have a healthy happy jazz baby x

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