Most parents want their kids to play a musical instrument, or at the very least have a fondness and appreciation for music in general. But what’s the best way to go about that? How do you instill a love of music in your child?
SING TO THEM
It’s not uncommon for kids to enjoy music. From the time they’re born they’re surrounded by it—mothers sing lullabies, toddlers learn to sing along to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and many of us have led impromptu marching bands through our homes. So serenade your children with lullabies, sing happy songs to them on long car rides, and if you play an instrument, play for them as much as possible. You’ll be creating happy memories along the way!
LISTEN TO ALL TYPES OF MUSIC
Another way to encourage a love and appreciation for music is to expose children to all types. While there is certainly a place for child-oriented music, there’s no need to limit their musical exposure to solely children’s music. They may enjoy up-tempo jazz, a rousing Sousa march, or the William Tell Overture as much as they enjoy the Wheels on the Bus! Play your favorite songs for them; share what you love, and try listening to new genres together. Expand your musical vocabulary and enjoy the journey with your child. Who knows what you may find?
The family who jams together stays together. Ok, so that’s not the exact quote, but having a family jam session is a tremendous amount of fun. Choose a favorite song, and sing, dance, and play along—even if you’re banging a wooden spoon on your favorite stockpot (ok, maybe not your favorite) or shredding the air guitar. The key is to go all out—let the music move you and just let go. In other words, do what your kids do! Play music you like as well as letting them choose. They’ll learn to relate music with happy family time, and you’ll all have a blast rocking out. And really… is it possible to sit still when Twist and Shout is playing whether you’re 3 or 83? No, it’s not.
EXPERIENCE LIVE MUSIC TOGETHER
Exposing your kids to live music is a completely distinct and separate experience from listening to music in your home or car. Live music allows you to feel the music—to physically experience the vibrations, and the effect on the mood and brain is profound. It is an emotional experience as well as a physical one, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a concert to receive the benefits. Whether it’s friends, local bands, festivals, carnivals, or the musician playing on the street, if you hear someone talented, stop with your child and listen for a bit.
HAVE THEM LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT
Extensive studies have shown that children display positive long-term results from playing musical instruments. In fact, the benefits of music have been proven more effective in strengthening abstract reasoning skills in younger and older children than does teaching them computer skills. Take that, Microsoft and Apple! What’s more, playing music can have some fascinating psychological benefits. Regularly playing an instrument teaches kids perseverance, discipline, and responsibility–important skills for accomplishing anything in life. Playing music also fills kids with a sense of accomplishment; after all, it feels good to master a song, difficult chord, or instrument! Additionally, music training develops the same muscles that will assist in cooperation, time-management, organization, and concentration/listening skills. Music training also strengthens a person’s self-expression and helps shyer children to break out of their inhibiting barriers.
Turner’s Keyboards offers piano lessons that are tailored to each student’s goals, abilities, and personality. We can help your child with his or her musical growth, whether a beginner or an experienced musician. At Turner’s, we believe in instilling a passion for music, training skilled musicians, and having fun. Whatever your goals, we’re always here for you!