Music that Grows with Children, and Children that Grow with Music

dr. Andreja Poljanec

Psychologist, marriage and family therapist dr. Andreja Poljanec, head of the Department of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud University branch in Ljubljana, illuminates in her lecture titled "Music that Grows with Children, and Children that Grow with Music" the building of connection between the child, the adult creative artist, and music art. Which music content characterizes individual developmental stages, and how do children's capacities to experience music grow? The developmental psychologist and counsellor contemplates the art of listening, the development of attention to auditory stimuli in the baby and the role of adults in this process; alongside the most suitable content and presentation ways for children at their various levels of development. How can adults form true connections with children? Reflections are made on false connections and actions children find unacceptable.


Dr. Andreja Poljanec is a university graduate psychologist, marriage and family therapist, lecturer and head of the study program of Psychology at the Sigmund Freud University branch Ljubljana, lecturing also at the at the Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica. Alongside her therapeutic work with individuals, couples and families, and her expert supervision of colleagues, she conducts workshops, seminars and group sessions on the subject. She has authored many Slovenian and international publications, including books on sensitive parenting Rahločutnost do otrok, Rahločutno starševstvo, Med dvema ognjema and more. She is the co-founder and expert head of the Family Study-Research Centre. She is also socially engaged; in the years 2021/2022 she was a member of the government Strategic Council for Social Policy and is an editorial board member of the scientific journal Kairos. She believes that relationships where emotional connection is present and empathy develops make life more satisfying and healthier, both in physical and psychological ways.