Finding out your child’s musical talent and learning what exposure you should give to your child related to music is important yet difficult. There are different approaches and ways that could help you in realizing musical talent of your child. Different children have varied comprehensions and problems and thus testing their abilities and realizing their interests would need you to opt for varied ways. The idea should be to expose your child to music in a way that keeps them motivated to learn and practice. Tap in to the passion and musical talent of your child and pick up ways to improve those skills.
Tips for Realizing Musical Talent:
Here are some tips that would help you in exploring your child’s musical talent:
Watch them closely: If you want to inculcate music in the life of your child, have a close eye on your child and look for moments of ignition that would enable you to realize their true passion. A child is born with neurological triggers that remain in his unconscious mind. When you give your exposure to music, you will be able to find out moments where motivational energy will be released. Look for that spark to get an idea of his musical interest.
Choosing an instrument: With a variety of different musical instruments available, it is often difficult to realize which instrument your child may like to learn. Give them exposure to different types of instruments so that they can decide which one they like the most. One instrument that is most popular among children is piano. Children are seen learning piano regardless of their age. Musical theory and notations can be easily learned over this instrument. Another popular instrument is violin. Your child may develop love of one instrument and may come out of it in a few days or weeks. That is natural, do not force anything and let your child explore different instruments.
Get an instrument: Once your child has made his decision on which instrument he would like to learn and play, you can get that instrument. It would be best to buy a cheap and affordable priced instrument rather than buying a fairly expensive new instrument. If you are not sure whether your child would really carry on with that instrument, you may rent or borrow that instrument for a limited time frame to see if he still carries love for that instrument.
Give Real Options: Once you find that your child appreciates music, you should give real choices that would aid them in progressing and improving their musical skills. You can engage them in music lessons and let them decide if they really like to carry on with the instrument that they have chosen or would like to switch to something else. For example you can sign up your child for a 6 months piano lesson and see if the interest still is there after 6 months. Make sure that your child knows that it is not something that he forcibly needs to carry on for his lifetime. He should know that he has the option to switch if he doesn’t like to play piano or any instrument for that purpose.
Encourage Practice: When they have signed up for a music class, the best way is to let them practice so that they can progress and improve with their group. Encourage them to practice for at least 30 minutes each day. Although with kids, you can’t force them. Tell them importance of practice and motivate them to excel exceptionally well in order to stand out in the competitive music industry.
Encourage Imitation: As your child develops love for a particular kind of instrument or music or if they begin to love any artist, you may witness them copying. This is a neurological shortcut to learning any skill and children love to imitate as a first step towards learning music.
Encourage their Passion: Do not be judgmental about your child’s passion. What may seem impossible to you may not really be impossible. If you think that your child is carrying an unrealistic musical passion, do not discourage their passion and let them carry their dreams. This should be done even if your child doesn’t have enough talent. Keep on encouraging them and let them be what they want to be.
Guide them but do not dictate them: Always let your child make his decision and let them choose their musical talent. You just need to work for their guidance and must not dictate them. You can give them suggestions for improvements and encourage them to participate in related activities. In some fashion, they will uniquely identify their musical talent.
Every child is different and has unique skills and abilities. They have different passions and talents that will grow with time and practice. Each individual has been gifted by God in some way and thus can make his/her different style. The need is to realize that talent. As parents it is our responsibility to realize talent of our child so that he/she can progress while feeling accomplishment and fulfillment with passion. If your child shows continuing interest with music, let them progress with it but if they don’t let them live their lives without it. Occasionally reward your child for making progress with music and musical instrument and keep patience. If you don’t have musical expertise and interest, hire a professional trainer or music guide for your child.