There is so much you can do at home with your child to support their musical development. Here are a few ideas:
- Exposing your child to live music – many children cannot appreciate music until they have heard it live. Too often they just listen to the music from the radio, TV or CDs. Giving your child the opportunity to listen to live music being played is invaluable.
- Encourage your child to express themselves using music – through movement, painting and singing.
- Ask your child to tell you how a piece of music makes them feel and why and how?
- When listening to music, encourage your child to see if they can identify instruments being played (this can be any type of music)
- Tap into your child’s interests, for example, if they like a certain TV program theme tune then you could even teach them how to play a small section of it on a simple keyboard, or take their favourite song and sing it in a round on those long car journeys!
- Let your children experience different musical instruments when possible – so many children can identify what a guitar is by looking at a picture but have they ever held one or plucked the strings?
- On those rainy days ask your children to make up a song about anything they like! You will be surprised at how well they will do!
- Encourage your children to express likes and dislikes about the music they listen to. Can they give reasons?