• BabyWiseTunes®

    is an app for smartphone and tablets that integrates
    the advanced ETFES© (Ear Training for Early Stimulation) Method, created for
    early stimulation and based on
    auditory musical training specially
    adapted for babies.

ETFES© Method

Baby’s brain

 

The marvellous and common fact of learning is due to the unique capacity of our brain called Neuroplasticity, which adapts and changes its morphology according to the experiences and sensations we receive from our environment. This plasticity is positively affected by doing musical training, as proven by Dr. Eric Knudsen, professor of Neurobiology at the University of Stanford.

“During the first 3 years of our life, cerebral connections
quickly develop in response to external stimuli.” Dra J.J. Newberger.

The concept of a window of opportunity, which many parents already know of, is a period during which the baby is particularly sensitive to developing skills and knowledge. As Dr. J.J. Newberger set out in her study “A marvellous window of opportunity”, up until 3 years of age a baby’s brain generates millions and millions of connections between its neurons, these connections or synapses increase from 2.500 to 15.000 per neuron.

These cerebral capacities are unique and cannot be repeated, their minds are designed to absorb as many sensations and as much knowledge as possible to quickly adjust to their new environment.

To develop the cognitive and social aspects of the baby in a healthy way, it is necessary to stimulate their emotional development.

Emotional development forms the baby’s personality where they experience their first sensations, build the relationship with their parents and, in short, learn to relate to the outside world and music. Here is where the ETFES© Method plays a very important role too.

An exclusive method

 

“Listening to music at a very early age
can have a global effect on babies’
cognitive skills” Dra. Christina Zhao,
University of Washington

In the study “Musical intervention enhaces infants neural processing of temporal structure in music and speech” Dr Christina Zhao and Dr Patricia Kuhl, from the University of Washington, show the beneficial effects of music on babies.
They compared responses from two groups of nine-month old babies, both were exposed to a social environment but music was played to only one of them. After 12 sessions brain activity was monitored with an EEG measuring how the two groups processed music and speech. They discovered that the group exposed to music had more activity in the auditory and prefrontal cortex.

In a deeper way, the ETFES© Method will train your baby’s musical pitch. As a result, musical training will improve language and learning skills in babies. As music training boosts all the language-related networks in the brain, it is expected to be beneficial in the acquisition of foreign languages.

“Throughout the sessions, parents and babies will experience unique moments.”

Many studies support the benefits that music has on babies, in their cognitive and and emotional skills as well as on a physiological level. The ETFES© Method (Ear Training For Early Stimulation) is the musical training answer that BabyWiseTunes® has developed for early stimulation of your baby.

During the sessions, babies will listen to musical ear training exercises combined with short lullaby compositions, which will evolve in different ways: from the contrast of two notes (melodious notes, scales and accompaniments) to scales. Step by step, session by session, your baby will learn the language of music.

“The emotional bond that music creates is as much a universal means of communication as language”
Dra. Sandra Trehub, University of Toronto

After decades studying the effect of music on newborns, the psychologist Sandra Trehub states that musical sense is innate. Babies are born with musical skills and can distinguish musical patterns.

What is the recommended age for applying the ETFES© Method?

BabyWiseTunes®
for babies from 1 month old

BabyWiseTunes® is designed to be used from your baby’s first month of life until they turn 3 years old. Once a baby recognizes their parents and the first routines are already established it’s the perfect time to start the method.

How to apply the ETFES© method according to your baby’s growth stage between 0-3 years old: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months or 12-36 months

Important for all growth stages

* environment: calm and silent.

* speakers: from the cellphone. If possible, use good speakers connected to the cellphone.

* volume: ensure your baby hears the music correctly.

* Time of the day: depending on what’s easiest for your daily schedule and when it best suits your baby.

* If you’ve already done your daily session with contact, you can do the following sessions as if you were listening to music. The 1st session must be done together in a structured manner. The rest can be listened to freely in moments such as: while your baby is playing, during bath time or during meals. You’ll be training your child’s musical ear during each session. Stimulate their learning ability, and make it easier for your child to learn languages in the future.

* As you start introducing musical instruments into the exercise sessions, from rattles as percussion to a toy piano, you should do so when the instrument is first introduced. You can simply show your baby the instrument and let them decide what to do and experiment with it. Never force anything.

Application according to the growth stage

0-3 months

– contact with massage
– contact in arms (cradle position)
– contact with caresses
– active emotional contact (interact visually and through touch without making any sound)

* It’s important that you don’t make any noise during the exercise sessions so that your baby can correctly take in the information. At the end of the exercise session you can play and make sounds to stimulate your baby and encourage them to repeat the sounds.
* You can sew a rattle onto the sleeve or use sock rattles.
* You can follow the rhythm and play with the rattle yourself.

 

3-6 months

– contact in arms (cradle position)
– contact in arms (forward facing position)
– contact with massage
– contact with caresses
– active emotional contact (interact visually and through touch without making any sound)

* It’s important that you don’t make any noise during the exercise sessions so that your baby can correctly take in the information. At the end of the exercise session you can play and make sounds to stimulate your baby and encourage them to repeat the sounds.
You can put a toy instrument in their hands (jingle bells, maracas, rattles, sock rattles).

 

6-12 months

– contact in arms (cradle position)
– contact in arms (forward facing position)
– contact with massage
– contact with caresses
– active emotional contact (interact visually and through touch without making any sound)

* It’s important that you don’t make any noise during the exercise sessions so that your baby can correctly take in the information. At the end of the exercise session you can play and make sounds to stimulate your baby and encourage them to repeat the sounds.
* Your child already has control over their arms. You can put a toy instrument in their hands (toy piano, jingle bells, maracas, rattles, finger cymbals).

Remember that:

6-9 months babies began to sit by themselves and to crawl
9-11 months babies start to stand up
11-14 months babies begin to walk

* these milestones are for orientation purposes. Each baby has their own developmental rhythm and we must never force it.

 

12-36 months

– contact with massage (if your baby wants to)
– contact with caresses (if your baby wants to)
– active emotional contact (if your baby wants to)

* You can follow the rhythm with your hands or with an instrument.
* You can put a toy instrument in their hands (toy piano, jingle bells, maracas, rattles, finger cymbals).
* When finishing your daily session with contact, you can also play favorite songs with your hands: The Wheels on the Bus, the Itsy Bitsy Spider.

 

How does it work

Our method comprises 6 progressive levels.
Each level lasts 8 weeks.

 

Each week you can access 3 weekly sessions between 3 and 5 minutes long, with 3 musical exercises and
a short reinforcement exercise. Week after week, these will continue evolving and changing
progressively.

 

Remember that repetition is essential for human learning, and the same is true for babies. Repeat the
for optimum application of the ETFES© Method. Every week new session.
will appear on the app to continue developing the method.

 

Each exercise lasts around 40 seconds, with 15 to 20 seconds of
harmonious background and water sounds between them. This sound design accompanying each session has been developed to represent the sound that the baby hears inside the mother’s womb, and has been created through several recordings of water sounds. In this way, we can relax for a moment before capturing baby’s attention
for the next exercise.

 

Weekly the sessions will focus on the development of a melodic motif, which will alternate with the
appearance of new exercises, and the revision of previous exercises or motifs.
Next you will see the different stages of the Method:

  • · LEVEL 1: Affection
  • · LEVEL 2: Beats in motion
  • · LEVEL 3: Rhythm
  • · LEVEL 4: Melodic conjunction
  • · LEVEL 5: Fusion
  • · LEVEL 6: Establishment

Each stage will be defined by specific and differentiating musical and instrumental features, which have been adapted
according to the requirements established by the methodology.

Cognitive Area; language
and socio-emotional.

 

The ETFES© Method applied in BabyWiseTunes® is specifically designed
to stimulate the cognitive area, the language area,
socio-emotional area and prefrontal area:

  • Cognitive area: enables the child to learn, relate,
    and adapt to new situations, making use of thought
    and direct interaction with objects and the world around them.
  • Language area: this refers to the skills that will enable
    the child to communicate with her environment.
  • Socio-emotional area: includes the child’s emotional
    and socialisation experiences. She will feel loved, safe and able to
    relate with others. The creation of an emotional bond is
    very important for the stimulation of this area.
  • Prefrontal area: This area is responsible for adaptation to
    the environment; it fixes baby’s social conduct and creates the process for expressing emotions.

Singing…

Bearing in mind that nothing stimulates baby better than heating one of her parents singing, we encourage you to sing to her whether at the end of every exercise session. Our method comprises accompaniment exercises that are designed for baby to become familiar with scales, and also to imagine sounds or some of the melodies she has already listened to in other sessions.