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10 Ways to Introduce your Small Child to Music
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10 Ways to Introduce your Small Child to Music

 

 

  • Incorporate music into your daily routine

 

      1. We all know the ‘clean up song’ only exists to get our kids to pick up their toys. Well it doesn’t have to stop there; you can make up songs for just about anything. Everyday things like brushing teeth, getting into the carseat, taking a bath, and getting dressed can all be incentivized with music.

 

  • Sing!

 

    1. This should come naturally. Many parents sing to their children instinctively within the first few days of birth and even during pregnancy. Kids learn from watching their parents. If you sing your favorite songs to your child, they will most likely inherit your disposition towards music.If you like listening to the Beatles, sing them Beatles songs!

 

 

  • Teach them solfege

 

    1. It may take smaller children a while to get the hand signs down, but it is super worth it to teach your child Solfege (Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Ti). It helps establish the very basic fundamentals of scales and relative pitch. Just put on The Sound of Music and Julie Andrews will get the job done.

 

  • Keep instruments around the house

 

    1. Make sure your children always have instruments within their reach (unless, of course, it’s quiet time). When they’re too little to start playing a standard instrument, like a piano or guitar, just make sure they have access to a variety of small, rhythm instruments like egg shakers, maracas, tambourines, and toy bongos!

 

  • Craft your own instruments

 

    1. If you don’t have any of the aforementioned rhythm instruments just laying around, help your kids make their own! You may have to do most of the making, but they can always help decorate! And it’s a fun way to get them excited about playing music.
    2. If you’re looking for a quick solution, simply use household items, like pots and pans.

 

  • Live music

 

    1. If you look hard enough you can almost always find shows that are appropriate to take your kids to. Museums and libraries will often put on live shows geared towards children, but don’t be scared to take them them with you to see a band as long as the venue is family friendly; they’ll get to see how cool a live performance can be.

 

  • Repetition

 

    1. Kids, especially toddlers, connect really well with repetition- it’s how they learn! Saying a word or singing a little song over and over again will help your child’s brain process words and concepts faster and it will also get them used to memorizing lyrics.

 

  • Dance

 

    1. This one is pretty self explanatory. Not only is dance a great form of exercise and expression, but it also helps with body rhythm. No worries, you don’t have to be an amazing dancer to bust a move with your child- it’s an easy activity to incorporate into your day-to-day routine and it will show them how fun music can be! Rhythm is an important part of your child’s music education, and dance is a great way exercise that.

 

  • Mix it up
  • Try not to limit your child to just one genre of music. Show them music from other countries, cultures, and time periods. Contemporary music is great, but don’t forget the classics. For older kids, you can have them identify the instruments that they hear while listening. Exposing your child to various styles of music will help develop their music appreciation and also make them more aware of other cultures.

 

 

 

    1. There are art classes available for almost all age groups, and If you’re one of those parents who doesn’t have a shred of musical experience, there are even classes that you and your child can take together. This is a great bonding activity and it will provide you both with activities and exercises to take home with you

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