Friday, May 18, 2012
10 Easy Ways to Bring Music Into Your Child’s Life
Make music an integral part of every day!
Ask yourself each day if your child has sung, played, or listened to some music; if not, sing a lullaby or play a CD softly as you say "Good Night."
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Sing to your child (your singing ability does NOT matter.)
2. Listen to any kind of music while playing with baby
3. Put a CD player in the kitchen or in the child’s room – and use it
4. Buy a music box. One of the best presents you can give a new baby is something that plays a classical melody – Brahms’ “Lullaby,” Strauss’ “Blue Danube,” or Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nacht Musik” are favorites.
5. Schedule a daily listening hour – or even 10 minutes – each day. Play music, sing, put on a dancing puppet show around the crib, and as your child grows, dance with him or her around the room as you enjoy your favorite music.
6. As your child grows, buy simple percussion instruments at a music store and bang along to the music. Pots and pans are great rhythm makers too!
7. Watch videos with great music, such as The Nutcracker ballet and the French film The Red Balloon.
8. Listen to a wide range of music that you enjoy (CDs in the Maestro Classics Stories in Music™ series, the Classical Kids series, and child-oriented recordings by Raffi and Tom Chapin are great choices.)
9. Find age appropriate live music and take your child to family concerts at least twice a year.
10. Keep your child’s favorite CDs in the car and listen actively as you drive
Ask yourself if you are smiling more lately!
PLEASE SHARE ANY IDEAS THAT YOU HAVE FOUND SUCCESSFUL!