Top 4 Tips to Get Your Child Interested in the Art of Music
The benefits of introducing children to music are well documented, and while many parents are willing to introduce just about anything to help improve their child’s grades, the importance of developing a real appreciation for the art of music goes well beyond academics. Here are four tips to strike a chord with your kids:
4. Invest in Music Lessons
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When children are able to pick up a musical instrument and play for themselves, they have an alternative form of expression and entertainment. Not only is it good for their coordination, concentration, and emotional stability, it can also be a great way for them to make friends and socialize. Although instruments can be costly, there are many different options available including renting, borrowing, buying secondhand, and even grants from the school or local council.
If you encourage your child to stick with an instrument, it may evolve into a lifelong passion. Making music with a band or a pursuing a career in music are the positive effects of investing in music lessons.
And don’t shy away because you’re worried about your child’s future if they do indeed choose to become a musician. It’s now easier than ever to market your music online to a huge number of people. A career in music is now a real possibility with modern tools and technology.
3. Attend Live Music Events
Nothing spurs musical interest like taking a family trip to a concert or gig. By taking your child to many, diverse live musical events you are able to open their ears to the world of music that they often do not get to hear on the radio. Children who attend concerts as they grow up tend to develop an appreciation for a wider range of music, and this can promote both their social and cultural development.
2. Encourage Listening
By playing music in your home when your child is around, they will be able to experience a range of different music styles. Listening to music as a family can help your children to develop their own taste in music based on the styles you introduce. The wider the selection, the better. Make a point to deviate from your personal favorites and include other genres to increase your child’s exposure.
1. Talk About Music
It may sound incredibly simple, but by making a point of talking about music when you hear it, you will help children to develop an understanding of its importance in culture. For instance, if you are watching a film and the music is playing an important role in setting the mood, mention it. Help your children to think about the way it’s being used.
Another way you can get children to appreciate musical instruments is by listening to music with them and getting them to listen for one particular instrument at a time. Have your children focus on the drums and then the guitar or trumpet. When they become accustomed to this, you can turn it into a fun game in which they can take turns picking out the sounds and identifying the importance.
So by following these tips, you should be able to at least engender a deep appreciation for music within your child. And it’s a gift that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. What other tips do you have for engaging your own child in the art of music?