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WSVN -- If music makes the world go around then these kids are along for the ride. They are all learning to dance, sing and play musical instruments under the guidance of Dr. Joy Galliford from the University of Miami music time program.

Dr. Joy Galliford: "The music time program is a program of music learning and enjoyment for children birth to eight years of age."

You heard right, many started the program soon after they were born. This video from the UM Frost School of Music shows how babies respond when introduced to different sounds.

Dr. Joy Galliford: "Your child has been hearing everything in the womb from week 24 on."

6-year-old Lawrence has been in the class since he was just six months old. His dad couldn't believe the profound effect on his baby boy.

Robert Strain: "That's what struck me the most that children could have such a strong reaction at such a young age to that kind of sound."

Robert noticed positive changes in his son as he continued to grow throughout the program.

Robert Strain: "I think the music class helped him concentrate in school better."

Dr. Joy Galliford: "We do rhythm building, tonal building, instrument playing, movement and a lot of listening."

Dr. Galliford says kids in her class perform better in the classroom because they have better listening skills know how to follow directions and demonstrate impulse control, but she adds it's not about making kids smarter.

Dr. Joy Galliford: "We're just trying to help children reach their fullest potential and who really knows what that is?"

Mom Maria says her 6-year-old daughter Natasha is a better listener and can focus more since she was introduced to music.

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch: "Where she is actually now playing the notes, understanding the notes, listen to the music and understand which note is being played."

One of the most unique parts of the program is that parents sit next to their child through the entire class rooting them on.

Maria Mejia-Opaciuch: "Parents are critical to this whole process, and their encouragement, and their hug after you've said something correctly or sung something."

Parents say it's learning but kids like it because it's fun.

Robert Strain: "Lord knows children are going to express themselves in different ways. I think this is a positive way to do that."

Lynn Martinez: Just this past weekend, the group became the youngest ever to perform at Downtown Disney. they played keyboards, sang and danced."

FOR MORE INFORMATION:University of Miami MusicTime ProgramDr. Joy Galliford(305) 284-3176www.music.miami.edu/ (Keyword: Music Time)Email: www.ummusictime@miami.edu

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