As parents and teachers we don’t need to be ‘musical’ to give children a good start. The secret lies in our enjoyment, enthusiasm, and confidence. Here's what you can do to help your children grow musically ...
Enjoy Music in Your Own Life
Grow Your Own Confidence
Expose your children to a wide variety of musical styles then, as they grow, they'll have more chance of finding the music that makes their hearts sing. A household with a musical mono-diet, even of classical music, is not benefiting its children as much as one with a varied diet. Take the children to concerts performed especially for children; some of these are provided free by your local library or council. Seek meaningful experiences with a wide range of quality music: rock, jazz, classical, blues, hip-hop, gospel, dub, reggae … we have it all on site.
Daily Musical Moments
In tuning in to our children, we are also tuning into ourselves, our rhythms, emotions, voices, expression, imagination and creativity. This empowers children to enjoy doing the same.
Support Each Other
Seek out what's being offered in your local community. Community music sessions for babies and preschoolers are a great support to parents. They are usually relaxed and friendly with a format of learning through play, which is excellent for under fives. Classes at this age are fun for everyone.
See that Kids Listen to and Play Music - Not Just Watch It
Keep it Simple
Things to Try
Borrow a selection of children’s CD’s and nursery rhyme books from the library. Providing a good variety, they can be a great help in deciding which titles to buy.
Try using props to build your confidence, e.g. sing Old McDonald with soft toy animals, or a farm animal picture book. Dance with ribbons or dance around a pot plant that is posing as a mulberry bush.
Make musical instruments available. If you ‘can’t play,’ remember you're on a level playing field with your children. Play a shaker or tap out a rhythm on a drum or tambourine. If there are no instruments in the house, try the traditional toddler favourite - the pot and wooden spoon! Have fun!
They say of Larry La Price, who wrote the Hokey Kokey and died peacefully, aged 93, “The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into his coffin. They put his left leg in, and then the trouble started ..."