Cultivating an enjoyment for music with your child is no overnight success. In fact, it takes many different activities with parents to help the youngsters to stay interested in music. Basic and simple ideas will go far, and here are some ways:
1) Take a familiar song and make up completely irrelevant lyrics.
Children love being silly and getting a giggle out of it. Start with a familiar tune such as Old McDonald. If you are talking about food at the moment, sing something like, “Daddy loves to eat broccoli, mommy wants tofu.” The more random the better. Watch your child get creative and be prepared to laugh nonstop.
2) Boogie down to a CD.
You do not need to limit your child to only children tunes. That Beatles CD you have will work perfectly fine. Switch it up between jazz, country, pop, classical, anything you have in your library. Dance accordingly to the music. Move faster when the music is faster, and vice versa. Or you can really have fun by doing the complete opposite!
3) Paint a story with the music you hear.
Instrumental music is better suited in this scenario. Does that flute sound like a bird tweeting? Or perhaps all those low sounds from the bass players sound like elephants stomping? Create a story based on all the different sounds and see how many different versions you can come up with.
4) Be a drummer.
Tap on a tabletop or any hard surface along with the music. Make up rhythms that either match the music or do not match at all. Let them go at it and see how much your child enjoys this. Note: probably not the best activity to do if you have a headache!
5) Make music with your surroundings.
With all the leaves falling off the trees, you can make different pile sizes from the leaves and jump between the piles. It may not be your standard melodious tune, but it sure creates a new kind of sound. Or, gently tap on the mugs that you are drinking out of. The more family members that have a mug, the better. Get resourceful and see how many different things you can make a sound with.
Just a couple of ides to get you going. Music isn’t about just listening to a concert or playing a musical instrument. Weave all these different ways into your child’s daily routines. You will be amazed on how they will begin to take the lead and come up with new ways of making music themselves!
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-By Natalia Huang
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