A child’s journey to anything new begins at home. Home is always first school to your child and that is the place where learning begins. So the first and foremost important duty of parents is to give their child a positive nurturing environment where they can grow and develop their brains as well as different skills. Music steps in as an impressive tool for giving your child’s brain growth and makes it more creative. It is a fun and cool activity that serves that purpose especially at an early age. So if you create an environment that has meaningful exposures to music, you will be able to help your child growth in a significant manner. Some simple daily routine activities and actions can inculcate music learning in their life.
Creating a Musical Environment at Home:
Here are some simple tips that would help you in immersing music in your home:
Have a Physical Musical Space:
If you want to give your child a musical home environment, it is important to have a dedicated space for music at home. This could be a bedroom, living area, garden or any other peaceful space in your home. This space should be dedicated for a music time-out where your child and you can engage in music whether it is about listening or playing. This peaceful space should be away from distractions where there should be no loud noises and disturbances of any kind.
Arrange for Music Sessions:
This doesn’t need to be grand but a small group of your friends or relatives can come over at weekends or for some special occasions where you can encourage your child to play any musical instrument of his/her choice. Playing within such small gatherings would give your child confidence and at the same time joy of entertaining others. These opportunities would encourage your child to explore more about music and he/she will be more motivated to make progress so every time they perform with improvements. Not only that but it would make your child more social and would make interactions in gatherings much easier for them.
Listen to Music:
Be an active listener to different kinds of music. This really helps. There is no proof to which type of music would have most positive effects on your child’s brain but any kind of music would enhance their creativity. Listening to any kind of meaningful music would on a regular basis would help. As you and your child listens to music, grab their hands and legs and shake them with music. You can ask questions about music and interact with your child. Doing so would enable your child to focus more on music and would make them more responsive to any musical actions.
Enjoy Music with your Child:
Enjoying music may involve singing and dancing to music. You don’t need to be a singer or a dancer to enjoy music with your child. Listen and sing to simple songs with your child and dance together to make music a fun time for entire family. Singing would encourage your child to sing along and it will give him a chance to gain knowledge of basic rhythms and melodies. Move to the beat of music to help your child develop identification of beats.
Create Music Together:
It doesn’t need to be a master piece but as you work over music with your child; try to create some music and simple beats. Instruments such as a piano can be an impressive tool for achieving this goal. You can play piano or any other instrument with your child to create duets and can even rhyme along using simple lyrics. This combination of playing a musical instrument, creating melodies and singing along will give your child a joy of creating something. Moreover you will be able to spend a quality musical time with your child too.
If you can afford, it would be a good idea to visit musical concerts whenever possible. Your child would find it interesting to see how artists play musical instruments and sing. They may get inspired and may work harder with music. There could be nothing better than experiencing live music.
Give Exposure to a variety of music:
In early years give your child exposure to a variety of different types of music. This would enable your child to become comfortable to various musical horizons. Don’t force your child to like one kind of music, rather expose them to classical, pop/rock, country and all the different musical styles and your child himself will develop his interest towards some particular styles.
Make Musical Instruments:
Drums, shakers or anything that creates sound can be termed as a musical instrument. You don’t necessarily need to buy an expensive instrument. You don’t even need to buy these appealing pieces but you can work to create musical instruments with different things. It would be fun to create drums, clickers and other musical pieces using bottles, lids, cans and other pieces that may be lying around your house unused.
Benefits of Creating a Musical Environment at Home:
A musical environment at home can have many benefits on development of your child. Some of these benefits include:
- Rapid brain development.
- Boosts their learning, creativity and imagination.
- Inculcates love of music in them.
- It makes them a problem solver.
- It enhances their ability to manipulate information.
- It gives them a strong foundation for musical development.
And there is much more to it.
Parents should always take interest in a child’s musical learning and development. Giving them encouragement would enhance their confidence and they will be more motivated to work harder to make progress. Here we have shared only some ways by using which you can create a musical environment at home and give your child musical attitude towards learning. Begin as early as possible as your child’s intellectual skills begin to develop at an early age. This enriched home musical learning environment would also enhance your child’s communication and perception skills. Repeat your child’s favorite rhymes, record and playback. Very young ground work would help you in raising a musical child.