10 Awesome Tips How To Encourage and Expose Kids to Music
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Parents pass on their musical frustration to their children (most of the time), making them influential to a child’s growing up years. Whether you do or do not have any natural talent in music, anyone can literally expose kids to music with the help of Mom’s (and Dad’s too) fun way of learning, dedication and discipline
The Awesome Tips
1. During pregnancy, start playing music with genres such as classical, dance, instrumental jazz, blues with earphones not earbuds, not ipods but earphones like over the head one. While resting you may play music on top of your tummy, the way you speak to an unborn child. From inside the womb the baby can hear the music and who knows she/he dances with it!
2. Read creative books (yes start it while pregnant) it enhances your memory and increases your intelligence which the infant adopts.
3. Once the infant sees and feels the real world, play soothing classical music from the background, keep it at a low volume.
4. Compile classical music for playtime, suggested playlist are:
1. Carnival Of The Animals: Finale – Saint-Saëns
2. The Marriage of Figaro: Overture – Mozart
3. Dance Of The Swans (From Swan Lake) – Tchaikovsky
4. Piano Sonata No. 11 In A Major: 3rd Movement ”Rondo Alla Turca” – Mozart
5. A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo-Mendelssohn
6. Coronation March – Meyerbeer
7. Dance Of The Hours (From La Giaconda) – Ponchielli
8. Flight Of The Bumblebee – Rimsky-Korsakov
9. Petite Suite – Ballet – Debussy
10. Piano Quintet In A Major ”Trout”: 4th Movement – Schubert
11. English Folksongs Suite: 3rd Movement – Vaughan Williams
12. Concerto For 2 Violins In A Major RV.519: 3rd Movement – Vivaldi
13. Orchestral Suite No. 2 In B Minor: Badinerie – Bach
14. Waltz In Eb Major Opus 18 ”Grand Valse Brillante” – Chopin
15. Hoedown (From Rodeo) – Copland
16. Gold & Silver Waltz – Lehar
5. Compile another set of classical music for sleeping, suggested playlist are:
1. Wiegenlied (Lullaby) Opus 49 No. 4 – Brahms
2. Cantata No.156: Sinfonia – Bach
3. Gymnopedie No. 1 – Satie
4. Intermezzo Removed (From Cavalleria Rusticana) – Mascagni
5. The Swan (From Carnival Of The Animals) – Saint-Saens
6. Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor: 2nd movement – Mozart
7. Lisa Lan – Traditional
8. Touch Her Soft Lips And Part (From The Henry V Suite) – Walton
9. Lascia Ch’io Pianga (From Rinaldo) – Handel
10. Romance No. 2 In F Major – Beethoven
11. Cantique De Jean Racine Opus 11 – Faure
12. Nocturne In Eb Major Opus 9 No. 2 – Chopin
13. Variations On The St. Anthony Chorale: Theme – Brahms
14. Pie Jesu – Brunning
15. Concerto In D Minor For 2 Violins: 2nd Movement – Bach
16. Stargazer – Hawes
6. Buy your child with complete sets of musical instruments, from plastics to wooden material.
7. Bring your child to different music stores, music schools for kids for exposure where the child can absorb thorough understanding and start to build the love to learn musical instruments of his/her preferences.
8. The best time to enroll your child to a music school for kids is from five years old onwards. Suzuki style is one of the piano lessons I currently apply to my child. Do advance research on how to engage your child and what method to expose him/her.
9. Have them watch stage musicals and theater plays. Let them watch home DVDs of The Sound of Music, Mama Mia, Amadeus, Les Miserables musical, and the likes.
10. Singing, dancing and modulating with your child, it’s the best way to spend bonding and learning. Show your highest pitch and sing with your heart and lungs literally. Sing with passion, hand gestures, body movement and even dilated eyes.:) Children love to mimic, their observation will lead to something great, let them belt out the latest tune and compliment your child’s effort to boost their confidence.
These tips are a few of the things I’ve done and applied to my child, these may also work for your child. Have something to share? Comment down with your awesome tips, let’s add it up!
Credits: Music playlist from Classic FM
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