Music has the power to shape the character and should be taught to the children. ~Socrates
Parents who enroll their children in musical learning from a young age should have realized that it is a good investment. Parents who enroll their children in MUSIC or MOVEMENT classes are even more educated, as a musical child can be developed before a musician.
A musical environment that provides musical experiences for all ages, including the mind, body, and spirit, is conducive to a child’s musical development. This musical foundation involves developing passion and motivation for the art, auditory acuity and pitch and rhythmic competence, motor coordination and expressiveness.
Music is a difficult area to learn and requires persistence. Many children have ‘fallen out’ of their musical pursuits within a short period of time due to being ‘jump-started’ in their musical development and learning how to play an instrument before the other musical skills existed. Children who have been musically nurtured are more likely to succeed at playing an instrument well.
Pre-instrumental music instruction should be given as soon as possible to nurture a child’s musical development. However, it is best to start these instructions as early as possible. These sessions are usually weekly and engage children in a fun, developmentalally appropriate way. These areas must be addressed:
* Voice development – The voice is the most important instrument a child has. A musical child should be able sing in pitch.
* Listening development – The human ear can process information, discriminate sound sources, and distinguish the qualities of sounds. It controls attention and focus. This important sensory ability is best used by a musical child.
* Motor skills necessary to play instruments well include movement development, coordination, and dexterity. Children who have been able to move and dance in many ways and are familiar with their bodies will be able transfer these skills easily to instrumental playing. When music is played on an instrument expressively, it needs to be supported with expressive body movements. Musicians who are relaxed and free from inhibitions will express their music through the body.
* Simple instrumental play that encourages eye-hand coordination, pitch association. Many musicians face the challenge of reading and playing music simultaneously. You can prepare a young child for this task by teaching them simple melodic instruments such as xylophones and glockenspiels.
* Music Ensemble Works – Music is a form of community art that is best enjoyed when played with others. Children of all abilities can enjoy working together in musical ensembles, even if they have different skills. Music classes that offer ensemble opportunities encourage focus and confidence, which are important qualities for musicians.
* Music Literacy: Reading and writing music can be as simple as ABC if children learn musical notations and place them in a musical context. This can begin at age 4.
* Music terminology, composers and styles, as well as musical instruments and music terminology, are all important knowledge to expand a child’s musical horizon.
The weekly session should last at least 60 minutes and include parents/caregivers in a portion. The group should not exceed 12-15 children to ensure that each child receives enough individual attention.
A child who loves music will be more inclined to pursue a career as a professional musician if he finds it enjoyable.
The Musical Classroom Experience
* Vocal enhancement and singing- Although it may seem strange to most people, musical language plays an important role in teaching children how to read and write simple rhythm patterns. Tones such as “do”, re” and “mi” will be heard, along with combinations of pitch and rhythm like “mii-mi”, ti-ti and “fafa-fa”. This is the language used to describe music.
* Moving – Children love to move, so this musical program encourages them to move to the beats of musical pieces. This exercise improves coordination and encourages musicianship.
* Music reading and writing – Children learn about pitch and rhythmic notation. They also learn how to write music. This will help them create their own compositions.
* Attention to detail – Young children will listen attentively and learn the sounds of different instruments. They also develop the ability identify them. These classes help you learn more about the music of master composers.
* Exploration of musical instruments – Children will be provided with real instruments, including keyboards, strings, and woodwind instruments, to help them explore all their options. This gives the chance to develop musical skills before beginning formal lessons.
Music is an integral part of musical development. It also helps with vocabulary, verbal skills and coordination. This is one way to share the gift of music with your child.