Introducing Your Child To The World of Music

Introducing Your Child To The World of Music

One of the most popular lines from the award-winning movie ‘August Rush’ reads: ‘Listen. Can you hear it? The music. I can hear it everywhere. In the wind… in the air… in the light. It’s all around us. All you have to do is open yourself up. All you have to do… is listen. Exposing children to music from a young age can be extremely beneficial to their development with a 2016 study conducted at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute finding that childhood exposure to music can significantly accelerate brain development.

Many parents yearn for their children to play a musical instrument or to, at the very least, have a love for music. There are countless ways through which you can nurture an interest in music in your children. While a teenager with an interest in music production, for instance, may desire specialized recording kit and a suitable PC to fully explore his fascination, a younger child may be equally impressed with simple music-related activities such as singing and learning to play an instrument.

Sing with your children

Singing comes naturally to kids, as does an innate love for music in general. From as early as birth, many babies are exposed to the loving lullabies of their mothers before going on to nursery school where they are introduced to the unsurpassed pleasure of countless sing-alongs. While you may not feel comfortable with singing, the good news is that your child more than likely doesn’t care about your level of vocal ability. Special memories can be made by singing to (and with) your children. Nothing lifts the mood of a travel-wary child quite like a happy song does while an impromptu concert at home makes for an ideal, fun-filled family bonding opportunity.

Attend music shows

Regardless of how old you are, nothing can quite compete with the experience of attending a live music show. By taking your children to live performances, concerts, and festivals you will enable them to encounter music at both a physical and emotional level. Listening to recorded music can be enjoyable but seeing people make music right in front of their eyes can be very educational and empowering to a child. Attending live music shows of any kind will also teach a child how to behave as an audience member, familiarizing him with when to keep quiet and listen and when to join in or applaud.

Encourage them to play a musical instrument

Children are inspired by the magical process of learning to play a musical instrument. Even if your child isn’t destined to be the next Mozart or Kenny G, a lot of positive results can stem from playing an instrument. Playing an instrument fills a child with a strong sense of accomplishment while teaching him responsibility, discipline, and determination at the same time. Instead of forcing your child to play an instrument of your choice, rather let him decide for himself what he would like to play. Some of the best instruments for children to learn to play include the piano, guitar, recorder, cajon drum, and ukulele.

Attempting to instill a love of music in children should always be done in a natural and affectionate manner as applying too much force can result in a once-eager child, unfortunately, losing interest in music. Music is a beautiful and universal language spoken and understood by all who is willing to simply listen and exposure to music from early childhood will serve anyone very well for the duration of their life.

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