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“If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.”
Kids and music go together! One of the pleasures of being in the world is the sound of clapping hands and singing voices. Humans have been making sounds and inventing ways to produce sounds since the beginning of time. Whether it is the beat of little hands on pots and pans or the discovery of being able to whistle, music is a delight to the ear and to the soul.
Music is good for your child. Music:
Teaching your child the basics of music can set the stage for a lifetime of enjoying and making music!
Many parents purposely expose their baby to music even before birth. Babies can hear in the womb, and what better way to introduce them to earthly sounds than by these early experiences.
Preschoolers delight in song and dance. Finding kids’ songs is very easy on the Internet or in a local music store. Letting your child listen to a lullaby before sleep or wake to a lively Latin tune sets the mood for what comes next.
Of course, one of the best ways to experience music is to make it yourself! Anything can become a drum- from a shoebox to your toddler’s own knees. These ways of making music, which come from music teacher Sarah at “Real Life Blog” will also teach your child some music fundamentals:
Above all, have fun with music!
Main points to address:
Kids this age have been listening to, making, and moving to music for years! They are ready to learn the language and basics of music. Very simply:
Adding musical terms can be done as they grow older and as they need them.
Music lessons are often started at age 6 or 7, but there is no harm in starting earlier or later. It is important to go with a child’s inclination and trust their interests, rather than impose your own wishes. Expose them to many instruments and kinds of music. They will tell you what attracts them. If you cannot supply music lessons, many schools offer instrumental lessons and all schools sing.
Expose your child to many kinds of music- from classical and jazz to rock and roll and gospel. Experiencing many kinds of music will make them aware of the rich diversity in the world.
Main points to address:
Older children will have formed definite preferences for certain musical styles. Provide opportunities when you can for your child to experience music, either recorded or live.
If your child has begun music lessons, set a scheduled practice time and give them a day planner or calendar to record practice sessions. A small reward could be offered for a certain amount of total minutes. After a while, if your child has embraced the instrument, you will no longer need incentives, as playing it will be its own reward.
If your child has been gifted with a singing voice, or if they just enjoy singing, make sure they get to sing. Joining a choir or chorus group can be fun and builds self-esteem and cooperation.
Adding new terms and some of the specifics of music composition can be done now. In brief:
Music can soothe, excite, inspire, relax and some say even heal. Make sure your home is filled with music at least some of the time. Sing, dance and enjoy!
Resources that can help you in your venture include:
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