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Today we feature a guest post from Jenny Silverstone of Mom Loves Best, a blog featuring tons of great advice and recommendations for taking care of your baby and kids. Here she outlines why music is so beneficial, and gives tips for how to start instilling a love of music at a (very!) young age. Enjoy!
by Jenny Silverstone
If you want your child to develop skills they might enjoy for a lifetime while improving their physical, mental, and social development, buy them an instrument or start playing music for them at a young age.
According to research, your child will be beefing up their brain power, note by note. Plus, they’ll be learning how to do something they’ll be excited to show off to you and anyone else who agrees to watch them put on a mini-concert.
Following are a few reasons you should consider introducing music to your child at a young age, and check out the infographic with advice for ages and stages.
Better VocabularyBeing introduced to music at a young age can help your child learn new words or help them grasp the meaning behind words they’ve heard but are unfamiliar with. That can benefit them for the rest of their lives, and it will definitely help them in school.
Improved Math Ability
Children who are in music programs are more likely to score higher on math tests. They don’t have to be a musical prodigy to reap the benefits — even taking beginning band in school will help some with their mathematical ability.
While pursuing music won’t turn your child into a genius, it will be enough to stimulate their brains and make the most of their natural ability.
Better Test Taking Ability
If you struggled taking tests in school and are searching for a way to help your child avoid the same hardships you did, you can sign them up for music classes. Music classes will help them score a bit better than the children who aren’t in music. Why that is isn’t quite clear, but some experts chalk it up to the focus that playing an instrument requires.
Lifts Their Mood
Being a kid isn’t always easy — sometimes it’s hard work. Between stressing about grades, friendships, and homework, kids can struggle with sadness and feeling down just as adults can. Music can lift their mood in a matter of minutes.
No matter whether you’re dealing with a toddler or a teenager, your child can benefit from the pick-me-up music provides.
Tips for Getting Started
Now that you know why music is so important, here are five tips for how to get them started on their musical journey:
1. Start Early
Although there isn’t any science to validate the benefits, it can’t hurt to play music to your baby while it’s still in your womb. If you decide to do it, make sure the volume isn’t too high — you don’t want to overstimulate your baby.
One great way to introduce your child to music before they are born is to sing to them.
2. Introduce Your Child to a Variety of Music
Sometimes it can be hard to get excited about something someone else loves if it doesn’t speak to you. That’s why there are so many styles of music — everyone has their favorite.
To ensure that your child is excited about music, let them listen to whatever style of music they seem to appreciate most while continuing to introduce them to new styles to expand their horizons as well. Let them listen to your music, but also let them introduce you to songs they hear on their cartoons or at school.
3. Don’t Micromanage
If your young child wants to try playing some instruments, don’t micromanage it and suck all the fun out of it for them. Let them bang around on their drum or pound the keyboards even though it just sounds like noise to you. That’s how they learn and how they have fun.
To make it seem even more fun, march around like you’re in a marching band and join in with your child.
4. Let Them Have a Say
If your child announces they want to join band, you should support that in whatever way possible. But some parents may be a bit overzealous in their support, trying to convince a child to play an instrument the parents have always loved.
That might be enough to turn your child off of band, if they are forced to play an instrument they have no interest in or aptitude for. Let them have a say in choosing their instrument.
5. Remember It’s All About Fun
Whatever music can do for your child, you need to remember that most of all, it should be fun. Encourage them, and give them the tools they need for success. Hopefully, they’ll be making beautiful music, in one way or another, for years to come.
Want to read more about supporting your kids in music lessons? Check out Tuning Into Your Child’s Musical Journey.
About the Author
Jenny Silverstone is the mother of two and a blogger for Mom Loves Best, where she writes about her passions for music, dance, health, and everything related to living a well-rounded and balanced lifestyle.