Raising Creative and Musical Kids One Tune at a Time

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Your child may not be the next musical prodigy, but you can enhance their life and well-being with exposure to music

Even Michael Jackson, Elvis, Johann Sebastian Bach and Mozart started out as babies in diapers.

Music is in their genes, just like most of us.

Surely, these talents will never prosper if not fully and carefully nurtured. As parents, what can you do to raise creative and musically inclined kids?

We have a few ideas on the subject of enhancing your kids natural talents, so read on if you want to learn how to maximize all of the talents inside your child.

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The Unseen Power of Music

Music might simply be a fine concoction of tunes and rhythm. Yet how music affects a young mind goes far beyond that. There might be musical geniuses but music can also create “genius”. The benefits and advantages of learning music are more than what captures the ears. It may give you parental pride but there are even more subtle benefits that are happening below the surface when your child starts to learn it.

Scientific studies discovered that children who studied music and learned an instrument will likely perform much better in a lot of tests across various types of intelligence. The part of the brain that gets strengthened with playing music can likewise enhance other parts of the brain involving math, verbal memory, problem solving, logical thinking and spatial reasoning. Learning how to play an instrument might not make your child an instant genius but it will surely help your child to learn faster and better.

Raising Your Children To and Through Music

If you start this process, your kids might embrace being a full-time musician later on or just do it for leisure as they get older. Surely we want them to pursue something that will help them to be better human beings. Yet it’s all up to them to choose their paths in life. Taking that into consideration, let us begin to itemize the steps to begin introducing your child to this wonderful craft.

  • Start as early as before they were born

If you or your partner is expecting a child, begin to expose your unborn child to music at the womb. Mom may find a comfortable nook at home such as at a nursery glider. Let her relax and put on some soothing melodies. You don’t need to put on headphones at mom’s pregnant belly. Just a good speaker will do.

The child might be inside but he can hear well, as the amniotic fluid is a superb conductor of sound. Your unborn child can also hear your voice and the musical instruments that you play.

  • Beginning at age one, provide him the resources to encourage creative expression

For small children, creativity is not about depth but breadth. Expose your child to various types of arts. Let him explore what he can discover with his senses. You need a well-rounded kid who appreciates beauty, responds to melody and gets soothed by touch. Immerse him in nature early on. Let your child appreciate natural sounds. Take him to the park and to the backyard. Allow him to get dirty, to play and to paint with his hands. As such, you don’t need to have much material stuff to raise a creative child.

  • Sing songs, play records and instruments with your child
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Allowing your child to make some noise – maybe not a concert sized noise, but noise nonetheless – can help their development

Small children learn best by imitation. Beginning at the nursery, sing to your baby some upbeat tones and rhymes. Don’t even worry that you might be a bit off key. What’s necessary is to interact with your baby in a musical way; he will value it later and will boost his confidence of self-expression through music.

  • Let your child associate common music with pleasant memories

We know that music affects our mood, and babies are likewise receptive to that. Sing familiar lullabies to calm him down. Cheer him up when he is cranky by singing some upbeat songs. Repeat some familiar tunes and songs over the years to make him feel loved and secure. He will associate these tunes later on with happy childhood memories.

  • Allow him to make some noise

Encourage your child to hum tunes, hop, twirl and dance to the beat. Help him to develop some rhythm by making him repeat familiar nursery rhymes and chants. Give him some musical instrument toys. As simple as a saucepan and a wooden spoon are good enough for a little drum kit.

  • Make music a fun activity

Kids gravitate to things that are interesting and fun. They will take up something because it gives them an immense sense of enjoyment. Foster in him a good appreciation of music. Expose him to various types and genre; don’t limit your child to music that you personally prefer. Classical music will always be a good place to start. Attend concerts and musicals. Fill your home with an assortment of sounds and play a different type of music every weekend. With this, be prepared to get surprised on their music preference as they get older.

  • Put your child on a balanced and nutritious diet

Children who eat mostly junk will grow up cranky and not as focused as those kids who eat holistically. Let your child build up a good foundation by introducing him to natural foods beginning at the womb.

  • At school-age, value effort more than results

A few kids are as born music prodigies, they are a rare bunch. You must emphasize that playing excellent music is borne out of practice and perseverance and not through sheer luck. Reward your child’s efforts, not results. Whenever he falls short of expectation, it’s not because he is not good enough but because he has not yet practiced enough.

Conclusion

With music as in other types of learning, keep your expectations in check. Don’t be too hard on your child. Let learning music be a pleasurable experience. Allow your child to express himself and to gain confidence through it. As parents, what’s essential is that we pique their interest, nurture it through patience and allow it to grow and prosper.

Sarah Morgan. A sister, a daughter, a wife, but most especially a mother. Being a mother makes me realize that life is a great adventure. No day is always the same, which makes every day so much more exciting.

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