iVo Nakov 
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                                            Kids and Music

Introducing your kid to music is a lot easier than you might think. Responding to sound and rhythm is one of the most natural instincts we have as human beings, so your child is already noticing, listening and experiencing the sounds and rhythms of the world around them. It's our job (the parent and the teacher) to guide them gently and help them explore music in a way that is fun and positive.

  • Research has shown that music stimulates certain parts of the brain and helps children grow smarter, more focused and are more likely to succeed in school.
  • Through music children begin to develop their memory and work ethic. They learn how to listen and how to approach a new skill as well as develop a healthy and positive self-esteem as they get better at the instrument they are learning.
  • Music is probably one of the best ways for self-expression and invaluable outlet for emotions and feelings we experience in our everyday lives.
Now as children we weren't really sure what to do with all the things we heard,
but we did begin to recognize, distinguish and respond to certain sounds and
rhythms as they caused us to experience different range of emotions.

Once we associated the sound with a good happy feeling,
we wanted to do it over and over again......
............ Like banging on a bucket with a stick........it just doesn't get any better ;-)

So just expose the kids to music and let them ask the questions. Drumming in that respect is a great way to introduce music to kids because it is very visual and physical instrument and kids are fascinated by it. Now we all know how much energy kids have, so for them drumming becomes FUN because they are making all those loud sounds and they get to hit drums or pots and pans with their hands or with sticks ;-) Now that is an experience they will never forget. And again allow them to move in their own pace. You can have them take a lesson or two, but don't refer to it as a lesson. Instead tell them you know this fun place where they can hit drums and make cool sounds and I can assure you they will be more willing to explore that, than signing up for drum lessons. Sometime pushing them a little might work, but be always ready to pull back and let them play only when they want to. There are ways that experienced teacher can use to introduce your child to a routine of practice, but it is a slow and delicate process, so be patient.

    Caution - some kids might seem bored and indifferent to music and that's OK.
    All this really means is that music hasn't been presented to them in a way they
    understand and enjoy yet. So be patient, there are many creative and fun ways
    to help them enjoy music, so there is no need for forcing music lessons on anyone.
    Studying music needs to be introduced at the right time and your child is the one who
    decides when that time is. Age could be helpful to determine the approach we will have
    with the child but usually doesn't tell us if they are ready to study music or not.
    Hint: If they look like this  
    <---------------------------     they are not ready yet. So let them be because sometimes
    waiting a year or two can work miracles in term of the child's interest for studying music.
    This of coarse is if they never made that face in a first place.

       Here are some ideas

  • Singing to your child even before they were born is one of the easiest ways to introduce them to music.As they grow older teach them those same songs and you'll be amazed how quickly they will learn them.
  • Dance with them as you spend some time to show them how to move their hands and feet to the rhythm of the music can be a fun way to introduce them to rhythm. Kids love that one.
  • Bring them to a music store and let them see all the different instruments. Allow them to touch and play the instruments as you are making sure nothing gets damaged.
  • Help them make their own songs. Then remember to have them name the song so latter it will be easier to recall.
  • Let them pick the instrument they want to play and if they change their mind latter on you should find out the reason, but no matter what always support their decision.
  • Take them to see live music if possible and make sure they have ear protection (earplugs). Nothing is like seeing people perform live music. I still remember the first band I saw when I was 4 years old.
  • If they are interested sign them up for lessons. At the beginning is always good to sit in at the lessons, so you make sure the teacher is connecting with your child and their approach is working. If your kid is not having fun learning keep looking until you find a teacher that helps your kid excel in their learning.




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