There's method in that music
tired of listening to Eliza play "Three Blind Mice" on her recorder for
the hundredth time, think about this: amazing links are being uncovered
between music education and other areas of learning.
Research done at the University of California-Irvine indicates that young
children taking music lessons have a greater ability to grasp concepts
that are also essential to math and science. Coordination and concentration
are also improved when, for instance, children take piano lessons and
learn to play a different line of music with each hand. Mastering a song
or technique allows children to feel a sense of accomplishment and a desire
to move on to the next challenge. These feelings of pride can also improve
their confidence in the classroom.
The lazy days of summer are a great time to introduce and expose your
child to all sorts of music.
Music tips for parents
infants to music by singing them lullabies and nursery rhymes.
2. Help younger
children relate to music by asking about the sounds they hear. Does that
drum sound happy or sad? Would an elephant sound like that high flute,
or that deep bassoon?
3. Continue to encourage a love for music by listening to songs your children
learn from TV shows, musical tapes, and songs they make up.
4. Look into a wide variety of musical toys and cassettes of songs that
are available for children.
5. Take your family to performances at local schools, universities, and
community events. 'Tis the season!
6. If you and your child decide on music lessons, look for a teacher who
has a good rapport with children.
7. Talk to other parents whose children take lessons for suggestions,
or consult with the music teacher at your child's school. (And if your
community has cut out music instruction, you may want to bring the importance
of music to the attention of the school board!) Keep your child's personality
in mind, too. A gregarious child might enjoy singing with a choir or playing
with a band more than the solitude of clarinet lessons.
8.If you've always wanted to learn to play the piano yourself, take some
lessons! Show your child that it takes time and practice to master a new
skill. Just make sure not to turn this into a competition.
9. Encourage your child by asking her to play for you.
his efforts and progress, but keep in mind that few musicians become stars
11.Try to provide
a quiet place and a regular time for practice.
12. Never use
music practice as punishment!
Choosing an instrument
for your child...and you
what family members (even neighbors) are willing to put up with: snare
drums may not be a big hit in your apartment building! Talk to music teachers
or music store employees about which instruments may be easier to learn,
given your child's age and experiences.
may be a fun and less expensive alternative. Also consider the benefits
of the choir at your child's school, church, or other house of worship.
child may never become a violin virtuoso, the time he spends practicing
an instrument or singing in a choir will contribute to his aptitudes for
problem solving, creativity, memory, coordination, and much more. And
it's great fun!