Burnham-On-Sea’s Princess Theatre and Arts Centre has launched a new fun and interactive way to entertain and educate young children.

‘Baby Bluebirds’ sessions are filled with research-driven activities for babies’ musical development.

Experienced teacher Amy Hardwick leads the one-hour sessions using music, vocal play and harmony, singing to develop children’s musicality and love of the arts.

A spokeswoman says: “Parents and carers are nurtured within a welcoming atmosphere and class sizes are kept intentionally small to help interaction and relationships. Baby Bluebirds use good quality instruments and wonderful songs that won’t hurt the ears!”

“Music contributes to better memory and cognitive skills, this is because listening to, and playing music, produce changes in the brain and both activities can release a healthy dose of endorphins, the so-called ‘happiness hormone.’”

“Neuroscientists who study baby brains say music has long-lasting benefits for babies. Music makes a big difference to the baby brain. Studies have detected that after babies listen to music, their auditory and prefrontal cortexes look different.”

“These are the regions of the brains in charge of processing both music and speech. Not only that: when young children interact with others, the positive effects of listening to music have been seen to extend to personality traits, like being helpful and cooperative.”

The first session is free and classes are £5 thereafter, with low income families in Somerset able to join the session for free, subject to application.

The sessions take place at Princess Theatre every Wednesday during term time from 10.30am and to find out more, click here. For more information, contact The Princess on 01278 784464.

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