If you want that your child should learn music and wonder if s/he will be interested in that, the good news for you is that children enjoy music naturally and they love just any music. And you can introduce your child to music at any age – it’s never too early! Here are some tips.
1. Positive Effects
A lot of studies emphasise the advantages of learning music since it’s related to your kid’s development of language, cognition, motor skills and more. The outcomes of these studies reveal some amazing additional advantages to activities outside the area of music.
Music is no less than a language. Anyone may not find a convergent meaning in it like in words we speak, but there is a divergent, emotional sense that is a unique experience to every listener. If you want your child to understand music, like any other language, you should let your child listen to it often.
2. Play it, Listen to it!
If you have a range of music, let your child listen to it. Among all arts, music is the only one that can be consumed and enjoyed both actively as well as passively. Turn your TV off and play music for your baby, especially if the television is turned on only for a senseless babble.
You can play music in kitchen, car, bedroom, anywhere in the house! You can also bring them musical toys like those available at Little Smiles. Giving children a regular diet of musical diversity only helps them broaden their likings and appetite for music.
3. Right Music
The good news is that you don’t have to go out and explore right music for your kid from the children’s category. Actually it’s advisable to play as extensive a variety as you can. 2014 Grammy Award Winner, Jennifer Gasoi says that it’s so important for parents to introduce music to their children at an early age. She loves to compose music in several different styles for children across the world and her albums feature many different genres.
The fact is that there is no right or wrong music for children. Have you ever met a child who doesn’t like a particular kind of music? You haven’t because small children have no prejudice about music. Children don’t have a dislike for modern or abstract art and they don’t have any objection to abstract music either.
However, don’t get carried away with the ‘baby brain’ concept that claims that listening to classical music can make your baby highly intelligent in the future. Though some companies have made a fortune promoting this concept, the “Mozart Effect” has been proven wrong by many scientific studies.
4. Enjoying Music
For a small child, music is an experience to participate in, with full body and often loud participation. Being able to connect to music through bodily movements is not only great fun but it promotes two of the keystones of art, viz. beat and rhythm. Encouraging your kid to clap, move, dance and make noise will help her/him build a strong relationship with music.
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5. Instruments and Noise Makers
Apart from singing, playing instruments is one of the easiest ways to partake in and enjoy music. Buy musical toys at Tiny Tiny Shop Shop for example for your kid. These toys not only amuse your baby but will also teach her/him about music during playtime.
Drum sets, rhythm sticks, toy guitars, shakers, bells and even hands are great fun for kids. Having real musical instruments, though kid-sized, gives your children the opportunity to discover and gain confidence about music.