How to keep your kids interested in music?5 min read
If you make an investment in your kid’s passion, then one day it will definitely pay the best interest. And music is such a skill that requires passion, dedication and talent. As parents, it becomes our responsibility to ponder that skill and turn it into a sounding direction. As the child grows, they tend to explore the world as well as their interests. Undoubtedly, music becomes a part of their lives in some way or another. Therefore, learning music should never be dull or boring!
Adding on, you can help your child see music in a different light and with a better perspective. It’s a privilege as well as an opportunity that isn’t rendered to everybody. Only some people are designated to get this blessing and cultivate it to share with others.
Getting your kid’s involved in learning
Finding out whether your kid’s area of interest is music or not seems to be pretty difficult. But in reality, it only requires some observational analysis and points to find out. To solve this problem completely, we have a list of tips and suggestions that you can follow to help you motivate your child to practice!
Understand your child’s musical aptitude
Every child is musical in his/her own way. Even infants are seen responding to musical patterns before they can speak or read. They also tend to produce sounds and voices in the form of either blabbering or murmuring. Such observations can clearly help you to know your child’s musical expression. Therefore it is advised to go ahead and let your children sing out clear and loud!
Finding the Right Teacher
Thorough practicing and revising are very important to excel in the art of music. Indeed, if your child connects with his or her teacher well, then there are higher chances of them getting successful in the future. Making or breaking the whole experience totally depends upon your teacher. Furthermore, if your child isn’t able to connect with the current teacher, then don’t be afraid to try a new teacher. The best teachers are the ones who know how to be a good friend and mentor to your kid before teaching them the concept of music.
Play along to music
Playing instruments along with your kid’s favourite song can prove to be a great way of experiencing and exploring the dynamics of music. Let them be comfortable with the musical instrument in whichever way they like- if they like playing it quietly, let them do that and vice versa. This way you can make them feel comfortable and confident at the same time. Not only this, but you can also play along with them by rephrasing whatever they sing. Help them to explore their hidden talent!
Celebrate every victory- no matter small or big
Undoubtedly you’ll definitely feel proud when you will watch your child’s performance. And hence it’s very important to celebrate the little victories along the way- no matter big or small. This will make sure to let them remain motivated and energetic throughout the journey. It isn’t important to throw a party every time or reward your kid for every win but you can also praise them verbally and let them know that you are really proud of them! If possible you can also maintain a journal of your child’s accomplishments. This can help you remember every single accomplishment of them. Worry not if you aren’t into writing much. You can look for other creative alternatives to solve this issue like- maintaining a checklist of their winning events or by framing their certificates and hanging them on the walls!
Praising them for such victories will eventually help your kid to always have a positive attitude whenever they are struggling in life.
Treat Music Like a Different Subject
Since old times, children are taught to follow a fixed academic routine. For a moment, place yourself in your child’s position. Knowing about a fixed daily routine with subjects like Math, English, Science, etc can prove to be quite hectic, especially for younger children. Not to miss the amount of homework given after school- piles of endless work to do!
With such a busy schedule, adding time to practice music can prove to be a burden for your kid. That’s exactly when your child may need your support.
For a clearer view, create a boundary between music and other subjects so that your child sees music as a stress-relieving ailment and a fun thing to do. For this, switching to an instrument that your child really likes, can help you out. If your child sees music as a forced discipline like any other academic subject, then things can turn out to be pretty complex for you as well as for them.
How do children express themselves through music?
Everybody can express themselves through music. Even infants are seen singing songs in their own versions without being self-conscious or without the fear of getting judged. They sing to themselves when they play. Coming to the story of school going children, it is not surprising to ponder the fact that most of them are excellent bathroom singers. Many kids are also seen to be interested in singing shows or any musical instrument like the piano, guitar, violin, harmonium or flute. If your kid also expresses himself or herself through any of these mentioned ways or any other similar activity, then you can clearly take it as a green signal.
If you wish to see your kids succeed, the main aim should be to make learning a fun thing to do and not an obligation. Always remember that consistency is the key! We as parents and guardians need to foster a growing curiosity and even excitement about music. Let your child know that you are his/her biggest well-wisher and supporter, especially when they feel discouraged or demotivated. Your child will most probably love practicing once s/he feel connected to it. Appropriate goals will make practicing fun and rewarding. Let this journey of learning be as fun and enjoyable as possible!