Having your child learning an instrument is really exciting for you both. Learning a musical instrument is an excellent way to aid your child’s development and provide them with a passion for life. Parents are an integral part of their child’s potential musical success and cultivating a love of music is a very important first step for children wanting to play an instrument.
There are a range of ways you can introduce your child to music. Simply singing nursery rhymes at home is a great start and will also help with their literacy skills at school. You can also incorporate music into playing ‘with your child on your lap’ games like horsey horsey where the child is bounced on the knee imitating the pulse. Playing classical music in the background at home or in the car is an easy way to subtly introduce different musical sounds. There are also a range of pre-instrumental musicianship classes you can take your child along to as well as local orchestral events which cater to younger children specifically. Encouraging your child to engage in informal performances when play-mates visit, all aid a desire to make music and will help motivate them to practice once they start playing an instrument.
Exposure to inspirational music can be really exciting for children and pay dividends in the long term. Mary’s 16 year old daughter Beth wants to be an Opera singer… As Mary suggests, this ambition started when she watched an opera singer perform as a child:
“When Beth was 6 years old she took part in a memorial service where she sang with a small group of children. As part of the event a male Opera singer performed. She was so mesmerised by his performance and spoke for weeks afterwards about his amazing sound and storytelling actions. I think it was this exposure that first sewed the seed for her singing ambitions. She even recounts the story today.”
Experiencing music is the key to inspiring a desire for musical achievement in children and as a parent you have the biggest influence in introducing your child to the wider musical world.