Introducing Children To Music... Strategies For Success
I've heard a million parents lament the fact that they didn't
get their children interested in music sooner.
There are also hundreds of adults out there that wish they had
learned how to play an instrument when they were younger.
Studies actually support the idea that music stimulates certain
brain connections and can actually help children grow smarter!
Music also provides an invaluable outlet for safe expression of
feelings and emotions, and can also serve as an important
learning tool throughout your children's lives!
Music helps educate in many ways, by developing children's
memory skills and nourishing their spirit.
Now, some children are a bit resistant to music at first, but
you can easily find ways to encourage them to enjoy music in
many different forms early in life.
You need to simply adopt some creative ways to introduce music
in your children's life without forcing them to take on a task
they aren't interested in (Hint: don't go buy a saxophone and
tell them to practice or else).
Here's how you can successfully and gently introduce music into
your children's life:
- Allow them the opportunity to select an instrument they are
interested in. Even if that instrument is something you consider
too large or incompatible for them. Be willing to let your
children make their own decisions and encourage them when they
- Play a variety of different music in the home whenever your
children are around. Turn on the radio and turn off the TV, and
make a point to try and play something different every day.
- Teach your children how to sign songs. Children learn through
music. You can use songs to teach numbers, the alphabet and even
help develop basic memory skills.
- Help your children make up their own songs. This will
encourage them to use their natural creativity and talent.
- Hum a tune with your child. Praise them when they try
something a little different.
- Consider taking your children to age appropriate concerts.
There are many concerts specifically designed with children in
mind, chock full of songs and beats that will entertain and
delight even the youngest of children.
Music is an important part of the developmental process children
Children who are involved in activities such as band or other
musical outlets are less likely to get involved in problematic
behaviors and dangerous after school activities.
Music has even reportedly increased the intelligence of
newborns, particularly building spatial reasoning.
Music also makes the world a happier place to live in. You'll
enjoy learning as much as your children will, and you can even
explore music together!
By introducing your children to music while they are still
young, you will ultimately improve their lives and their
appreciation of the world in many ways.