Music is the expression of the heart and the soul. Your children’s ability to appreciate music as an art, as a communication medium and as a worthwhile interest is to be honed early on. Music has been associated with your children’s positive growth and development. Introduction to music enhances social skills, literacy, memory, general intelligence, mathematical ability and language.
As parents, you don’t actually have to be musically inclined or be professional singers to let children appreciate simple songs and tunes. There are a lot of ways you can do to help music penetrate your child’s mind and heart and appreciate music.
1. The learning of music could begin when the baby is still in the womb. Your humming of tunes or playing of subtle music could already move the child’s sense. While pregnant, try to play good music that could affect your child’s neurological development.
2. For preschoolers, allow an hour or more three times a week for you to dance simple steps with good music at home. This is a good way to strengthen the bond between you and your child and at the same time to boost their interest in looking for better rhythms which you could dance with in future home dancing sessions.
3. Be inclined to children’s songs. These are short and could easily be learned as they rhyme and they are simple in notes. Jack and Jill, ABC, Mary Had A Little Lamb and Row, Row, Row Your Boat are just a few you could share with your child.
4. As the child grows, you can gradually point out different pitches and tones. If you can’t sing, you can have your child listen to different singers. This is your chance to explain the various tones, voices and pitches.
5. Introduce musical instruments; piano, guitar, drums and the lyre are a few of the many musical instruments you can ask your child to play. Their ability to play the musical tools will enhance their appreciation to music
6. Practice. Let your child practice how to sing and dance. You can give feedback but make sure not to embarrass them.
7. Play games that utilize music. Learning songs can be fun as you try to guess out the lyrics or the title of the songs.
8. Play good music at home. Make sure that what your children hear are appropriate for their age and understanding. Innuendos are very common to songs. Be careful of what your child listens to. Do monitor their musical gadgets and CDs.
Appreciate music, it carries with its wings the feelings of comfort, happiness, fears and contentment. Help your child find his world through tunes and rhythms as you encourage good songs at home and in school.
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