6 Ways to Encourage Your Mini Musician
Are you thinking of enrolling your child in music lessons? If he shows interest in learning to play a musical instrument, then this is something you should look into. But before signing him up for a class with a rigid schedule, make sure to create a music-friendly environment at home.
As parents, you act as nurturer, disciplinarian, and muse to your child. In the greatest sense, he depends on your to establish a musical world at home a comfortable non-confrontational and non-judgmental atmosphere to spark the his natural curiosity for music. Likewise, you also need to be supportive morally, financially, emotionally and physically, so that he can bravely explore his talents and overcome his limitations.
child is naturally inquisitive and eager to discover and explore the world around him, so it's best for you to join his journey. Here are tips on how to develop your child's musical genius:
Expose your child to toys and interactive objects, as well as an equal wealth of books, CDs, and other musical learning materials.
Immerse your child in the craft by letting him practice on musical instruments often.
Encourage your child to read and research on composers and musicians’ lives and techniques.
Let your child explore other genres of music like pop, rock, jazz, etc to widen his range of musical understanding and appreciation.
Explore various teaching options. The Suzuki method starts a child on piano and violin as early as 2 years old, while the Orff method (designed for a group class like kindergarten) uses percussion instruments (some pitched, others not), but integrated with storytelling and acting.
Listen to what your child wants. If he expresses interest in learning how to play a specific instrument, allow him to as he will obviously be more committed to choices he makes on his own.
When your child begins performing in front of an audience -- whether it’s in grandma’s living room or up on stage -- the experience becomes more worthwhile to him. He gets to dress up and showcase his talent. He will also feel people’s appreciation, once they start cheering him on. It can build his confidence and self-esteem in the long run.
But parents should also take note that each child is unique in adapting to music. There are kids who work harder because of insecurity, seeking parental approval; oppositely there are kids who are more relaxed and comfortable with music, because their parents have no expectations from them. Then there are kids who are naturally competitive, eager to perfect their talent in whatever instrument they play, while others consider music as playtime.
Whatever his style and stance though, here’s a little warning: music may inevitably tire your child, so a little positive pressure is advised. Strengthen his motivation by rewarding him for good performances, and balance his solo practices with some social activities by letting him take part in a band or choir.
At the end of the day, your child will not only learn about music or how to play an instrument; he will have the advantage of being disciplined, confident, and motivated to succeed in everything he sets his mind on.