Eight Important Tips For Parents To Help Kids Learn Music | The Tuneables
- Music skills are developed from active participation and repetition. Create music learning opportunities every day.
- Children learn music skills through modeling. Make sure music models are correct. (ie singing in tune, accurate rhythms)
- If you are not the best model for music skills utilize good recordings, instruments and live performances to provide alternate sources for your little ones to follow.
- The first step in developing a foundation of music understanding is developing an ear for tonal and rhythm patterns. Since children first pick up on visual relationships, make sure not to let your little one “cheat” with color-coded instruments such as keyboards, bells or computer apps.
- Keep the singing key in a comfortable range for your child. Singing too high or too low makes it difficult for a child to accurately sing in tune.
- Choose movements easily made by your child when performing rhythm skills. Lap patting and marching are good places to start. Clapping, at first, is somewhat more difficult for young children when trying to move to a steady beat and is considered an advanced movement activity.
- Hone a child’s listening skills by playing music and identifying particular elements in the song. For example, listen for tonal and rhythm patterns already learned, changes in mood or tempo, or the sounds of familiar instruments.
- Remember music is already a fun activity for your child. Providing focused activities that translates into successful performance opportunities will only enhance your child’s interest.