Give them the tools they need now for a lifetime of music appreciation.
Many parents know that music education is great for children, but aren’t sure when and how to get started. The short answer to “when” is “now”: It’s never too late to instill an interest in music learning. That said, when beginning a child’s active development of musical skills: the sooner, the better. Preschool age is a great time to start because it’s a period of rapid growth in children’s brains. Such focused, active music learning can have very positive, long-term effects that are comparable to language learning. But for children to get these benefits, they need a program that goes beyond the informal and casual playtime music commonly targeted to preschoolers. Let’s talk about how to do this!
The way children learn is as important as what children learn.
Young children’s learning styles and abilities must be considered when providing musical education. Here are some important strategies for parents to keep in mind.
Most young learners already have an inherent love for and interest in music. Teaching them these building blocks of music early on sets the foundation for future music understanding and enjoyment. Music is a lifelong learning activity that engages so many senses, interconnects so many parts of the brain, and provides so much enjoyment. Nurture it; you’ll be glad you did!
TIP: Find opportunities throughout the day to engage your child in music-making activities. These include: singing, clapping or marching to the beat of music and playing rhythms on simple percussion instruments. For activity ideas, see Boosting the Musical Ear.