Some people say you need to be a musician or at least know some music to be a good songwriter, others say that is not necessary, so what is the truth?
What if I were to tell you that many non-musicians are great songwriters and in contrast, many trained musicians can be very terrible composers? Would you believe me? Don’t you? Sigh, guess I’ve got a long explanation to do then.
My two-year-old is very interested in music. She sings, she tries to play guitar, and she has unyielding opinions on music. Watching American Idol with her is a hoot, and I need to video her. I enjoy encouraging her interest, even though she’s very young.
At this age, it’s pretty necessary. We play a broad range of music for her. It’s very clear when she likes a particular song. Even at the dinner table, she starts moving when she hears the music she enjoys and may try to sing along despite having no idea what the words are. It’s something to see and hear, as her ear is not bad already.
We don’t make a lot of “children’s” music, although we do have some. She adores John Denver, a variety of classical music, and anything with a steady beat.
We also encourage her to sing. Mostly it’s quiet, but fairly on the main for a two-year-old. She mostly won’t let me sing to her, but if I start, she often keeps going after telling me to stop.
These are just some of the things you can do as well if you have a musically inclined child. I have more ideas for as she gets older which I hope will allow her to continue in her interests.
The trick with shows is to find something child-friendly. This goes beyond genre and should include volume. You don’t want to damage your child’s ears by exposing him or her to too much loud music.
Many communities offer occasional concerts in the park. They may even be free, and they’re an excellent way to expose your child to music. If it’s too loud, just move away from the stage.
You may also be able to find musicals your child will enjoy. There are plenty of children’s classics such as the Nutcracker as well as more modern selections such as Seussical. Check with community theaters, local high schools, and colleges for possible performances.
Provide Appropriate Musical Instruments
You don’t want to spend too much money on a musical tool for a child, but you do want ones which sound and work reasonably well. They won’t always sound good in your child’s hands, but if they always look awful, it can be discouraging to a child. Use Musical.ly to help your child gain exposure and followers. It is important to get a musically crown added to your musically profile to maximize the exposure you get online.
We have little guitars, but I intend to get an adequate keyboard. Drums are also fun, and you don’t have to get a full set or even very large ones. We have some that aren’t loud enough to be much of a headache issue.
The right age to start music lessons can be argued a fair bit, but the Suzuki style can start as young as 3-5 years of age with appropriate instruments such as the violin. This method doesn’t involve learning to read music but instead focuses on learning by ear, which is much easier for young students.
Kindermusik is another option if it’s available in your area. It’s available for newborns through seven years old, with different classes for different age groups. Their blog also has suggestions you can try at home. There may be other programs in your area as well.
Dance is another way for young children to relate to music. Many communities have lessons available starting around age 3 or so in ballet or other dance forms.
Follow Your Child’s Interests
Your child won’t enjoy everything you have him or her try. If a class isn’t working out, don’t keep signing your child up for it. There are plenty of alternatives out there.
Also, don’t be disappointed if your child loses interest in music classes in general. Kids change as they grow. You have no idea where their talents of any sort will take them in the long run. Some other interest may have priority as your child grows.
Six Ways To Help Your Child Develop Musically.
Does your child like the sound of music? If you think so, you can take a simple approach to help your child learn a musical instrument. The violin is good for a child who is four or five years old. First, allow your child to take an interest. Allow your child to be inspired. Build confidence in your child. Invest in your child. Encourage your child. Finally, let your child musical possibilities.
1. Let Your Child To Take An Interest. Your child will take an interest when he or she listens to a musical instrument. Travel to a music store. When you arrive at the music store, have your son or daughter watch and listen. Look at a violin for a child. It is rather light. Choose a violin provided that your child likes it and desires to learn. This is a good sign that your baby is interested. The violin needs to be fitted correctly to the child’s age and size. Ask the music store for assistance.
2. Allow Your Child To Be Inspired. Before you get your child too involved with music, spend some reasonable time at the music store. Make enough time to watch people play musical instruments. Your child will be inspired because other people are making music. People playing instruments can excite your child.
3. Build Confidence In Your Child Help your son or daughter with the new musical endeavor. Your youngster will fell confident when you work together. As long as your child likes the violin, find a good violin teacher. Your music store can provide a good teacher. Get to know you youngster’s teacher. He will give you assurance, and he will help your child with confidence.
4. Invest In Your Child. A child is the best investment. You can make a musical investment in your child even if you are not a musician. Devote time to your youngster to focus on music. The child will need to work on musical abilities. This is a valuable investment on your part. Make time so that your child can play for you. A music lesson is weekly, so keep up with your youngster’s progress at home.
5. Encourage Your Child. Be supportive once your baby has begun playing the violin. Ask your child to play for you. Sit and listen. Applaud from time to time, and give approval. Your child will be encouraged. Travel together to a musical event like a concert. Avenue like a concert has many musical instruments.
6. Allow Your Child Musical Possibilities. Musical opportunities for your child will develop over time. You will see your child’s potential. Also, you will see options once your child feels good about practicing. Practice is good discipline, so your youngster needs to keep up. As your child practices, he or she will improve. Over time skills will develop.
Be patient with your child. Your baby’s interest in music will develop. Keep your child inspired. Your child needs to hold on. Confidence is key. It will keep your child playing more often. Keep investing. It shows someone cares. Be encouraging. This will give your child an appreciation for music. Allow musical possibilities to come forth. Over time your child will become more skilled with the musical instrument.