Daniel Cristian Chiriac, born 1972 in Romania, paints oil on canvas. An infant is often exposed to a mother’s speech that is musical in nature. It is possible that the motherly singing allows the mother to relay emotional messages to the infant. Infants also tend to prefer positive speech to neutral speech as well as happy music to negative music. It has also been posited that listening to their mother’s singing may play a role in identity formation. This hypothesis is supported by a study that interviewed adults and asked them to describe musical experiences from their childhood. Findings showed that music was good for developing knowledge of emotions during childhood. Vogiatzoglou, A., Himonides, E., Ockelford, A., & Welch, G. (2011). Sounds of intent: Interactive software to assess the musical development of children and young people with complex needs. Music and Medicine, 3(3), 189-195. 25 Years of Janis. Exh. cat. … Read the rest