As parents, we all want our children to find and pursue their passions, and for many kids, that passion is music. Whether it’s singing, playing an instrument, or just listening to music, kids can benefit greatly from having music in their lives. Here are six secrets to help nurture your child’s passion for music:
1. Listen to music together
One of the easiest ways to introduce your child to music is to simply listen to it together. Play music in the car, during meals, or while doing homework. Encourage your child to choose their favorite songs or artists and listen to them together. You can even have a dance party or sing along to the music together.
“If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is being taken from them.”
~ Luciano Pavarotti
2. Attend live music events
Attending live music events is a great way to expose your child to different types of music and to get them excited about the art form. Whether it’s a concert, festival, or local event, take your child to see live music whenever you can. You can also check out free concerts in your area or listen to live music online.
3. Provide access to musical instruments
If your child is interested in playing an instrument, provide them with access to one. You don’t have to buy an expensive instrument right away; you can start with a basic, affordable model or rent one. You can also check out local music stores or schools for instrument rentals or loan programs. Once your child has an instrument, encourage them to practice regularly and explore different types of music.
4. Encourage creativity
Music is all about creativity, so encourage your child to explore their own musical ideas and to experiment with different sounds and instruments. Let them make their own songs or remix their favorite tunes. Encourage them to create their own instruments or to use everyday objects as percussion instruments. You can even make your own family band or orchestra!
# IMPROVITAPING — The late educationalist and brain development expert, Win Wenger, had a great method for improving musical skills. Simply encourage your child to record themselves while they play their instruments (especially when they are just jamming and exploring their own musical ideas). Then get them to listen back to the recordings afterward. This creates a ‘neurofeedback loop’ that helps them learn, improve, and develop their musical skills and creativity much faster!
5. Find a music teacher or program
If your child is serious about learning an instrument or pursuing music, consider finding a music teacher or program. A good teacher or program can help your child develop their skills, learn new techniques, and gain confidence. They can also help your child find new musical opportunities, such as joining a band, choir, or orchestra.
“The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.” ~ Cheryl Lavender
6. Make it fun!
Above all, make music fun! Don’t put too much pressure on your child to be perfect or to achieve specific goals. Let them explore music at their own pace and in their own way. Make music a part of your family’s daily routine, and encourage your child to share their musical ideas and creations with others.
Brilliant Brainz is a creative learning and wellbeing magazine for kids aged 6 to 12 that heavily features music. The editor, Eleanor, is an accomplished musician and promotes the benefits and joy of music within its pages. The magazine includes music stories and features on genres of music related to the monthly theme, as well as specific musicians, songwriters, performers, and composers – providing a wealth of musical content for your kids to enjoy and be inspired by.
Music can bring so much joy and creativity to a child’s life. By nurturing their passion for music, you can help them develop important skills and talents that can last a lifetime. So turn up the tunes and start making some music with your child today!