Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Mom Tips: Five Easy Methods To Introduce Children To Music

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Mom Tips: Five Easy Methods To Introduce Children To Music

I have previously mentioned with no small amount of delight, my 11yr old son has taken up the Cello this year.  Each afternoon, I enjoy listening to the rich, warm tones as he explores his new musical instrument.  Although his older sister studied the clarinet for a number of years, early work on the Cello is a good deal more pleasant to the ear.  A simple fact both my Labrador and I can agree upon.

Which instrument he would choose was a topic of much contemplation this past school year.  Among this Mom’s hopes for his choice were Bassoon, Oboe, French Horn and Cello, although I kept my preferences private less I influence his decision.   

Our school district is committed to supporting musical education and elementary school students are first introduced to the recorder.  This is an ideal starting instrument for young musicians in group settings as the recorder is simple to master and quite inexpensive.  The  musical instruction at school, combined with  our own exploration at home, time spent together in casual lessons on the piano, has helped to foster a passion for music in both my children  The opportunity to help them become familiar with simple music theory and basic note reading, focusing more on the fun of playing, rather than rigid lessons has been a rewarding experience for us all.

We are also fortunate in that our local school district, understanding how important of the choice of which instrument to play can be to the length of a child's interest in musical study, offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the musical programs offered in our district: band, orchestra and choir. Over the course of my son's 5th grade year, enabling the students to become familiar with each of the musical programs, as well as hands on exploration of a variety of instruments.  After a great deal of careful consideration, he arrived at his decision and has been quite pleased with his choice thus far.

Tips For Introducing Children To Music

Expose children to a wide variety of music genres, beginning at an early age.  Local libraries may offer a varieties of specialty music CD or DVDs and are an excellent resource for books containing images and descriptions of various musical instruments.

Talk with your children about which instruments are used in musical pieces you listen to.  Whether riding in the car, listening to the radio or a CD or even while watching a TV show or movie, ask you child if they hear any particular instruments.

Take a field trip to your local music store to see various instruments up close.  Call ahead to find out when the store typically has fewer customers and the staff will have more time to allow for personal inspections.

Create simple musical instruments and keep them available and accessible for regular use.  Paper or tin plate tambourines and small blocks of wood covered with sandpaper are easy and inexpensive to create and can be decorated as a fun craft.

Explore local theater and musical performances together.  Many theaters and performance centers offer special, low cost performance series specially designed for children.

What are your tips for introducing children to music?
What instrument do you think your child might want to play?
How does your school system introduce music to students?
Tell me in a comment below!  I'd love to hear your thoughts!


Cole said...

I like the idea of local music, but TV is a little easier for many parents, I'd bet.

Minta's Creations said...

We just bought our son a recorder from the music teacher Friday. He also wants to take Cello lessons. And my oldest is in the steel bass drum band. Love your tips.

Pam said...

My children are not musically inclined. I do take them to see musicals and have spent years playing classical music for them.

Grace Hodgin said...

When the kids and grand kids were very young we made our own instruments with the oatmeal boxes, combs, and other things. I play different variety of music from classic to their favorites at the house and we go to concerts.

Sassy Shopper Reviews said...

I agree with your post, it's so important to introduce kids to music early in life. I love Grace's comment because I remember doing the same thing when I was little! Making your own instruments is fantastic.

Daisy TrendyMomReviews said...

Great post! My toddler is getting to the age where we can have fun with instruments!

Turning the Clock Back said...

Thanks for this info! My kids both play instruments and I really feel like music should be a part of every child's life!

Crystal Threeprncs said...

Are school does the dreaded recorder, lol. Now I understand why my Mom hated that thing. The kids do enjoy it though, so it's Ok with me.

Emma Carney said...

Great post! I wish I had learned to play something much younger :)

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