I grew up with a piano teaching mom, attended a performing arts high school, and learned to play a few different instruments as a kid. I’ve also attended more concerts than I can keep track of, am a seasoned shower and car singer, and have an ever growing record collection. So yeah, music has always been a pretty big part of my life – and I’m hoping my love will transfer over to my daughter.
Music is crazy beneficial for kids in more ways than one. It increases brainpower and memory, fosters creativity, and gives them a form of artistic expression. It also teaches discipline and patience, both pretty essential skills. And, as a former shy kid, I can attest that music is an awesome confidence builder and helped me grow socially.
But, short of hoping there’s some sort of music gene my daughter already has, how do we actually encourage our kids to develop of love of music? Well, I’ve got a few ideas to get you started…
Listen to Music
Create a soundtrack for your life! In our house there’s almost always music playing. Something smooth and relaxing when we’re still waking up in the morning, something high energy while I’m cooking and cleaning, and something upbeat while we’re horsing around. Expose your kid to your own favourite types of music – but be prepared for them to develop their own personal tastes that will probably be cooler than yours : )
For kids, singing comes natural, and almost anything can turn into a song. Join in as they sing along to their favourite movie, and make up silly songs to go along with whatever activity you happen to be doing.
If you play an instrument, or played one as a kid, play it for your kid every once in awhile. Encourage them to give it a try. It’s much easier to convince them how much fun piano or guitar lessons will be if they see you playing an instrument as well. Not exactly musically inclined? No problem! Just about anyone can master the tambourine or the spoons.
Dancing and music go hand in hand. It’s a fun and easy way to get your kid (and yourself) moving while simultaneously learning to feel the beat.
So crank up the music, get singing and dancing, and watch as your child learns to love music.