No matter your child’s age, music plays a huge part in their life. From infancy, mothers sing and hum to their babies and then in grade school they learn the basics of reading music and may begin playing the flute-o-fone or similar instrument. When they reach Junior High and High School our children may join the marching band or choir.
As our children grow, they develop an interest in certain genres of music and may even prefer two or three genres to others. Our teen’s ears are usually plugged with earphones filling their minds with songs they’ve loaded onto their MP3 player, blocking out the rest of the world. Music never stops filling our minds and hearts and is a very important aspect of our lives.
No matter how young your child is, with the proper encouragement, he or she can learn how to play just about any instrument, as long as they are willing. As a matter of fact, learning an instrument or how to read music is usually much easier to grasp the younger you are. Most of us have watched and giggled at a six month old bouncing to the beat of your favorite rock and roll song or have laughed in delight at a two year old dancing and jumping around to music and some three-year-olds can even clap their hands in rhythm.
Children begin learning to play musical instruments as early as five years old in some cultures and societies. It’s been said that the earlier a person learns music or to play an instrument, the more successful they will be in life. Music teaches discipline and more disciplined people tend to manage their money better as well as being disciplined in other areas of life.
Music can also open many other doors for children that you may not realize. Scholarships are given to those with superior musical abilities. There are opportunities to make extra money by playing in a local band or by teaching others to play. The possibilities are endless.
Many people choose piano lessons when learning to play, especially in the early years. Piano is a beautiful, yet easy instrument to learn and teaches children as young as three good eye hand coordination. It also teaches children how to listen, how to practice to get better at something and how to be disciplined.
No matter what instrument is chosen, make music an integral part of your child’s life by starting early. Below are a few items to help you get started.
eMedia My Piano Starter Pack for Kids & LeapFrog Poppin’ Play Piano