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Music is a great tool for developing a child's
Whether you have high aspirations for your child in the area of
music or not, learning and listening to music is highly advantageous
for your child.
It is common for mothers of very young children to sing to them,
in order to calm them at the end of the day, so that they go to
sleep. Hymns and patriotic music are played in official occasions
and conventions, to arouse patriotic feelings in people. Loud and
fast music with strong tempo is played at parties, to motivate people
to dance and "have fun". "Romantic" type music is played in movies
as accompaniment for romantic scenes.
Music has the power to change our mood and affect us in ways no
other tool can.
In addition to all that and most important for our children, it
has been shown in research and statistics, that listening to music
results in the creation of special neural connections in our brain,
neural connections that increase our intelligence. There is a very
interesting correlation between math and music, and it has been
shown that people who are mathematically inclined, are also talented
in music. Learning musical theory is very enriching to a child,
and listening and playing music is a superior tool for the development
of the audio memory.
Above all, when your child is learning to play music, he is achieving
all this growth, while having fun and enjoying himself. Offer to
your child the opportunity to take music lessons, to choose his
favorite instrument, and let him decide if and when he is interested.
If your child is not interested in the present moment, don't forget
to offer it again later, your child might be ready to start at a
If you love music, or are interested in music yourself, why not
do this activity with your child? It will bring you closer together,
and strengthen the bond you have with your child forever! Music
is an excellent tool to improve your relationship with your children,
especially during the "difficult" teenage years.
Babies and Toddlers: Start with listening to music. If you have
a newborn, or a young baby, you can play classical music during
the day, while you are doing all other activities. It is also good
to play soft, classical music while the child is asleep. A good
time to play classical music is while you are driving with your
baby in the car. But don't limit yourself just to classical music!
Play children's songs, sing to your child and with your child often.
Another thing you can do is taking your child to concerts. If possible,
you can take your child to a concert, maybe with a partner or a
friend, and agree ahead of time that if the baby cries, one of you
takes the baby out. See how it goes. You might have a baby that
is naturally quiet in concerts. Another thing you can do, is taking
the baby to outdoor concerts. In most cities, during the summer
there are free outdoor concerts of different styles of music. Those
are excellent opportunities to expose babies and toddlers to various
styles of music, while they can watch the players and the different
Very young children can start learning to play a musical instrument.
There are many teachers that are trained to work with babies, and
especially the Suzuki method was developed with the very young in
mind. Make sure you find a teacher that understands children!
School Aged Children: Since the cost cutting measures many school
districts have taken, music is hardly taught in school any more.
If your child has not taken any music lessons yet, make sure your
child is exposed to different kinds of music. One trick that works,
playing the classical music channel while driving in the car. Having
a busy schedule, like most people nowadays, we spent a long time
in the car, and I took the opportunity to play classical music from
the radio or from CD's.
A highly recommended activity that children love, is learning to
play an instrument "by ear". This is an excellent method of strengthening
the audio memory of your child. This will have a profound effect
on your child's learning ability. A good program for learning to
play the guitar by ear is provided by Jamorama. This program is
an excellent place to start, until your child is ready to go to
music lessons, or if it's difficult for you to enroll your child
in guitar lessons at the moment. Your child can use this program
at the privacy of your own home. He will learn to play popular music,
and maybe later will be interested in classical guitar.
Whether your child is taking music lessons or not, playing an instrument
or not, make sure to provide for your child ample of opportunities
to listen to music, and to watch other people playing a variety
of instruments. When my son was about 13, he has requested to go
to a concert of a popular band. We wanted to support him, and thought
that it would be a great opportunity for us all to enjoy music together,
so my husband and I bought 3 tickets to the concert. The music was
so loud, that we could not take it. As we left the concert hall,
a savvy fan has offered to give us a par of ear plugs. We went back
in, and enjoyed the rest of the concert with our son, who was having
a great time! In my son's opinion, we were the coolest parents,
making it possible for him to attend the concert, and enjoying the
evening with him. You want to expose your child to many types and
styles of music, not just what he is naturally exposed by his friends.
Go to concerts together, (even if the style of music is not your
Let your child listen to "oldies", he might like it! Tell him stories
about old singers, especially the singers that you like and admire.
Summary: Music is an excellent tool to increase your child's intelligence
and his audio memory and discrimination, while enriching his enjoyment
in life. It gives your child the opportunity to meet other children
their age, participate in recitals and bands, and excel in one more
area. It is advantageous for children of all ages, from infant to
college students (and adults), and gives you, the parent, the opportunity
to enjoy this activity with your children and strengthen your bond
and friendship with your child.
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