Music is an integral part of daily life. Not a day goes by that we don’t hear a snatch or two of a popular melody. But making music is much more difficult than listening. If your child is showing some interest or talent in music, then you should do your best to encourage. There are several things that a good parent can do that will help them appreciate music more. B the best parent you can be by helping them develop their talent.
Make Sure They Want It
Before anything, you want to be sure that they are showing an interest in making music. Listening to music avidly is much different from actually wanting to make music. Don’t project your desires on a child or sign them up for classes. Exposing them to music is a good start but if they want to learn an instrument, then they should say it directly.
It can be surprising but children as young as four know enough when they want to learn an instrument. Though there are very few instruments they can play at that age, learning the basics of music can help a lot when they can finally play the instrument that they want.
Pianos are usually the starter instrument of choice. This is a combination of easy access to affordable electronic keyboards and ease of use. Your child’s piano teachers can introduce the notes and the scale, which are essential if a child wants to play music. But if they can already play the instrument with their hands, then you should start them off right.
Expose Them To Various Types of Music
It might be tempting to limit your child’s listening habits but it is better to give it free rein. There will be types of music that your child will prefer so it is good to know what they like. Play them your favorite albums or playlists so that they know what they can play.
Besides the normal musical exposure, you can take them out to concerts. This doesn’t need to be an expensive event. There are many musical concerts out there that are free or even publicly available. Look up your local community schedule. There are community events like park concerts that offer musical entertainment. Just pack a picnic basket and you should be fine.
Don’t Treat Music Like It Is A School Subject
Children can be rather simplistic in their mindset. If you remember your childhood, you probably disliked going to school. Associating music with school and classes can be unavoidable since there are lessons they have to attend. But you can treat things differently.
For one, while they may have to attend classes on a schedule, you shouldn’t force them to. The same goes for practice. Many parents believe that their child needs to practice regularly and force them to follow a schedule. They often enforce this by stopping children from playing when they have not done their allotted practice time yet. This can quickly backfire and make children feel like music practice is homework and give it a negative meaning.
A much better approach would be to have children more control about their music lessons and practice. Ask them when they would like their lessons to be. This gives them the feeling that they are in control of their musical education. Practices should also be under their control. Children should practice on their initiative. Just gently remind them that they will only get better if they take the time to work on their music skills. You will find that they will perform better if they have full control.
Give Them The Chance To Perform
In sports, athletes get better because they have a goal in mind. It’s either to beat the other team or a record time. For musicians, there is something similar and that is being able to perform. If your child is part of a class, they will likely have a recital but you need to give them something more than that.
Have your child put on a mini-concert for the family or ask them if they are willing to show off their talent. This is a great way to motivate their practice sessions. Consistent public performances also provide your child with the confidence to continue their lessons. This is especially if you show them solid support and make them feel good about their performance.
Musical education can be a very useful skill for your child. It teaches them the dedication and other life lessons that they can use. They might even use their music skills for a living in the future. As a parent, you should do your best to encourage them.