If you’re reading this you are probably a mum-to-be, or you recently had a baby, and you are looking for activities that engage both your body and your brain! You are also probably interested in gaining confidence in your own body, or finding physical and mental wellbeing, but in a fun, relaxed and shared way! The good thing about music is that it does all of that, and more. Efficient breathing, free movement, synchrony, frequencies, all this might not mean much to you now, but it is why music has such a positive effect on our bodies.
With this course, I will be your guide, through a holistic and personalised approach, to help you use music as a tool for your own wellbeing and for that of your baby.
MUSIC AND PREGNANCY
Your body is your instrument. Let’s find it’s harmony
Is there a more beautiful gift than the gift of life?
Music and Pregnancy is a class all about building a profound bond between yourself and your baby. Perhaps, you are feeling stressed or anxious about your pregnancy or simply looking to connect to yourself and your baby. Your child is listening and learning even before they’re born.
We think about your body and the pressure it is under so our classes help you to relax and release that tension through music. We think about your child and look to develop that special bond through the musicality of your voice and your movements.
This class is aimed for women or couples (parents-to-be or new parents with babies up to 4-month-old) who want to establish a profound connection with their own body through music, rhythm and musicality, to create a deep, positive connection with their child.
Free movement and singing defined as ‘body meditation’: this class will help you relax, soothe, condition your body, and create a unique way to communicate with your child.
Benefits of Music during Pregnancy
HOW SINGING AND LISTENING TO MUSIC CAN HELP YOUR CHILD?
Prenatal studies show that at the beginning of the second month of pregnancy, a foetus’ eyes, nose, and ears are clearly visible, and by the fifth month, the baby’s hearing has fully developed. This has led to further research regarding the baby’s ability to recognise music and the various benefits that music can have on the unborn child and the mother.
MUSIC REDUCES PREGNANCY STRESS LEVELS
Music has been seen to reduce high stress levels that many pregnant women experience during their pregnancy.
“Pregnancy is a unique and stressful period for many expectant mothers and they suffer anxiety and depression because of the long time period involved,” says author of a study Chung-Hey Chen, who is now based at the National Cheng Kung University. “Any intervention that reduces these problems is to be welcomed. Our study shows that listening to suitable music provides a simple, cost-effective and non-invasive way of reducing stress, anxiety and depression during pregnancy.”
MUSIC HELPS STRENGTHEN THE BOND WITH YOUR BABY
Recent scientific research into the effects of prenatal music stimulation shows that music provides an excellent way for the mother to bond with her unborn child. Prenatal stimulation is a concept that uses stimuli such as sounds (either a mother’s voice or musical ones) along with movement, pressure, vibrations, and light to communicate with a developing baby prior to birth. While both music and singing can be used to strengthen the bond with your child, Dr. Michel Odent, M.D., believes that women have a profound need to sing to their babies. Singing to your unborn child is extremely beneficial since the singing voice has a richer frequency range than speech. Frequency is the level of pitch measured in Hertz (Hz.) and varies between 16 to 20,000 Hz. A mother’s voice is more clearly heard by the fetus, as there is very little distortion when compared to other external voices, especially in the higher frequencies.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE MUSIC IN PREGNANCY?
Since most of the research on the benefits of music in pregnancy is still in its infancy, it is better to exert caution when playing music to your unborn child. Here are a few general points that experts recommend when using music during pregnancy.
- Practice music therapy in moderation: like all good things in life, music therapy too should be practised in moderation. Don’t listen to music just because it is good for your baby. Listen to your feelings instead. If you feel relaxed when listening to music or singing, chances are that your baby will feel the same too.
- Be careful about the volume you choose: A popular misconception is that a baby inside a womb cannot hear music unless it’s turned on loud. However, the sound is easily conducted via the amniotic fluid and thus the volume chosen should be low, no higher than 70 decibels.
- It is also advisable not to place headphones or a speaker directly on your abdomen.
- Avoid music that is loud, chaotic or disturbing: the choice of music played also matters.
JOIN OUR SESSIONS
Class size – max 10 people
Duration of the classes – 1 hour (5 minutes welcome, 50 minutes class, 5 minutes end chat)
We suggest that all new Music Tree families should attend two trial classes. This gives us the opportunity to get to know your child better, allows you to experience our class and style and together we can find a group to suit them.
WHEN IN ISLINGTON
- Tuesday at 11.00am or at 3.00pm
WHEN IN GREENWICH
- Thursday at 10.00am and 4.00pm
- Whole term £14 per session
- Single session £16
- Trial £28 (x2 sessions)
RESCHEDULES AND MISSED CLASSES
Music Tree does not provide refunds for any missed classes. In case of a teacher’s absence, the lesson will be rescheduled directly between the families and the teacher.
11th November to 16th December
ABOUT THE CLASSES
- Free and creative movement to achieve better oxygenation
- Efficient breathing techniques
- Vocalisation as a musical dialogue
- Live music
- Sharing in a group (max 10)
For your baby:
- Development of auditory system
- Development of motor, social, linguistic and cognitive skills through being exposed to music
- Deep bond created through musical dialogue
BOOK YOUR SESSIONS
Valeria is a singer, actress and musician, 2018 Royal Academy of Music graduate, originally from Italy, but now based in London. Her background is in classical piano, conducting and opera, having studied in Italy with Lucia Mazzaria and Gabriele Monici, as well as jazz and musical theatre.
She has been a performer, both in London and internationally for over 8 years, playing, among others, the role of Maria (West Side Story) at the Barbican centre with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the role of the Queen in the UK Premiere of Gustav Holst’s operetta The Idea, singing for TV and Film soundtracks (Made in Chelsea, channel 4; Bunuel’s Labyrinth, Abbey Road Studios; VOCE, NFTS and Channel 4…
) and performing at international music festival (Trame Sonore) and at the Royal Opera House (The Dante Project).
Valeria is equally passionate about helping others through music, and for this reason she completed a second Masters degree, in Music Psychology, to explore the neuro-aesthestics of music and music cognition to be able to share the benefits, not only the beauty, of music with others.
Mentored by Olga Masleinnikova, one of the students of Laban Technique, Valeria developed an interest for the body as our instrument, both physical and musical, which, combined with her experience in music psychology research, prompted her to create courses and workshops to share the benefits of this holistic approach with everyone.