How to Encourage Musical Creativity in Your Child’s Early Years
There are so many wonderful things that can come from introducing your child to music education in their formative years. It can help them to learn self-discipline. It can teach them how to be more self-confident and it can definitely tap into their creativity, even in ages as young as three-years-old.
Yet during the early years of a child’s development, it can sometimes be challenging to get them to remain focused when it comes to sitting at the dinner table, let alone playing an instrument; however, that’s what this article is all about: providing you with ways to encourage musical creativity in your child’s early years.
Play music often. Many people who are professional musicians now will tell you that they grew up in a home that was filled with music because their parents were always playing records in their presence. A child that is constantly surrounded by songs and melodies will tend to grow up accepting that as a part of their life; it will be hard for them to imagine not being around music.
Let them experiment. If you notice that your child is banging on pots and pans, consider getting them a little toy drum set. If they are learning how to whistle, perhaps get them a recorder. And if they ask for a particular instrument specifically, there are companies like Kazoo Toys and even WalMart that sell musical toy instruments (if you do not feel that your child is not old enough for an actual instrument). Pay attention to what your child is experimenting with in order to make musical sounds. It could be the humble beginnings of something great.
Enroll them in music classes. Some people may feel like a child is not old enough for music classes until they are in elementary school, but there are actually several studies to support the fact that music can help a child’s brain development starting as young as three-years-old. If you want them to learn the piano, many teachers prefer to work with kids who are around the age of five because their hands are bigger and they are better able to concentrate; however, there are all kinds of music introductory courses, even for toddlers, that can expose your son or daughter to music in a more formal setting.
Hold your own “concerts” at home. If you have a child who is old enough to like groups such as One Direction or pop artists such as Selena Gomez, then why not hold your own concerts at home that are similar to American Idol? They can dress up and lip sync some of their favorite songs. It’s a cool way for them to express their appreciation for music in a fun way. (You can even video tape it and watch it later so that the entire family can enjoy it too.)
Take them to “real” shows. One of the best ways to learn how to love something is to be exposed to it. So, make it a point to take your child to (age appropriate) recitals and live concerts. Although music over the radio waves and on iPods can be fun to listen to, there’s definitely nothing like the experience of seeing it live and in living color. It has the ability to “tap into them” unlike anything else.
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