Music and Your Child
You don’t have to be a music teacher to recognize your child’s musical responses. A parent can notice musical talent at an early age. An infant can move their body to the music or join in with shaking a maraca. A toddler can enjoy dancing, and a young child can begin music lessons. Music responses come naturally. Though many adults believe their lack of musical expertise keeps them from being musically available to their child, there are many things they can do to help their child reach their musical potential: Brought to you by our friends at Columbia Pro Movers!
- Sing with them: simply playing music for a child doesn’t teach them musical development, but participating with them daily in active music-making does. Sing with them throughout the day, from wake up time until bedtime. Sing songs about brushing their teeth, getting dressed, and transitioning throughout the day. Sing a lullaby to your child as you rock them to sleep. It is great for your child to hear your voice, whether you can sing on pitch or not.
- Dance like no one is watching: you don’t have to be a great dancer to dance with your child. It is important for young children to be actively involved with music. You can help your child develop competence and fill the music by getting up and dancing with them.
- Make a lot of noise: pull out the pots and pans and begin banging on them. Use other household items to invoke your child’s curiosity and creativity. You can use your homemade instruments to accompany the songs you are ready sing. Teach children about different sounds by using different objects within your home. If you play an instrument, take it out and begin teaching your child more about it.
- Use rhymes: rhyming gives children the opportunity to play along with rhythm and beat. Use a chant you enjoy and bounce the child to the beat of the rhyme. Your local library should have a wide array of rhyming books.
- Make music fun: whether you are singing, dancing, or playing music, keep your using interactions active. This can be done by simply clapping your hands or by dancing to the music. Your child will learn to love music if you keep it fun.
All children have a natural innate ability to make music. The best time to use music with your child is from birth when their musical intelligence is high. As a parent, you have a unique role in developing the musical talent in your child. Make music a shared event in your home to stimulate their music talent regularly.