Is your child expressing interest in music? Are you looking for a way to help?
Here are seven things that you can do to help your child develop their music skills.
Try Some Lessons
Children need encouragement in order to improve in anything they do. If your child really wants to learn music, putting them in music lessons will be beneficial.
Hire an Instructor
A seasoned music instructor will help your child develop their music skills. Be sure to hire one who will be attentive and sympathetic to feelings of frustration.
Encourage your children
Set some time aside each day for your child to practice and help them set reasonable goals for themselves. Reasonable goals build confidence. High expectations may burn them out.
Play For Me
Ask your child to play their learned music for you. It will build their self-confidence and you will be pleased with how far they have come with their music abilities.
Let your child play music just to play. Whether off beat of in perfect synchronization, let them try out the many different tones their instrument can make.
Encourage your child to talk about music with you. If music truly is their passion, don’t interrupt their train of thought. The more they talk about music the more passionate they will become.
The Art of Denial
You may notice that music has become an all-consuming force in your life and in your child’s life. Is this because they really want it or it is because this is what you want for them? If their interest in music begins to fade, ask them why. If you notice that this was more of your dream instead of their, do not push it on them any further.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and Child Day Care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.