Music is some powerful stuff. It increases brain power, teaches discipline, and makes us feel good.
With all the benefits that music has to offer, it’s no wonder that parents want to introduce our kids to music as early as possible. So, how can we foster a love for music and encourage it to grow from such a young age?
1. Bring in the instruments
Youngsters learn best by manipulating objects around them. By introducing instruments, your child will learn how to create various sounds and rhythms while enhancing their fine motor skills.
Triangles, macras, and bells are great simple instruments to start with. You could also search for some scaled-down versions of pianos, tambourines, and xylophones for your baby or toddler.
You really don’t need a lot of money to get your little started with instruments. You could look into borrowing some from a local school or you could even encourage imagination and creativity by using everyday items from around your house.
Get out the pots and pans to make a drum set or grab an empty tissue box and some rubber bands and let your little strum away.
2. Incorporate movement
Break out the dance moves!
Dancing turns up the level of fun for everyone, especially children. So, clap your hands, snap your fingers, stomp your feet, and march around the room. Just be silly and have fun with it.
And remember, your child isn’t going to care what you look like, so just do you! It will teach them to embrace who they are, encourage creativity, and increase their overall interest in music.
3. Don’t micromanage
Children learn best through play and exploration, so try not to hover over them.
There is no right or wrong way when it comes to discovering and creating music, so just go with the flow.
Hand them an instrument and let them explore. Then play it yourself demonstrating simple rhythms, showing them that it’s okay to experiment and improvise.
4. Be patient
It’s probably going to take awhile for your child to learn how to play an instrument, so just bare with them while they get there. It’s probably not going to sound the best, but just keep on encouraging them and let them know what a great job they’re doing.
Your child will also probably have their favorite song that they will want to hear over and over and OVER again. Just try to remember that repetition is good and aids in their learning.
5. Have realistic expectations
As parents, we are known to put a lot of effort into planning fun activities for our littles. And sometimes, they want NOTHING to do with it. This can be disheartening, but don’t put too much pressure on them or yourself. It just happens sometimes.
If your child isn’t wanting to participate in your awesome music activity you had planned, don’t let it get you down. Just try again later or the next day. Continue to be consistent in incorporating a little music each day, and they’ll soon start to become interested and reap all the benefits that music has to offer.
6. Make some memories
Your kid isn’t going to care what your voice sounds like, so sing loudly. Turn on some tunes while you cook together, sing them lullabies at night, and take them to some age appropriate concerts.
The Bottom Line
With these 6 simple tips, you’ll be able to grow and nurture your child’s love for music.
By introducing music to your child at such a young age, you’ll be able to keep them engaged, motivated, and ready to learn, setting them up for success in other areas of their life. So, bring on the instruments and dance moves, and don’t be afraid to sing loud!
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two and a blogger for Mom Loves Best, where she writes about her journey through motherhood and shares her passions for music, health, and everything related to raising well-balanced kids.