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Creating a Musical Home Environment

Your children spend more time at home than any other place. Home is the most predominant source of experiences. It’s important for parents to create a good environment in the home that includes music in a meaningful way. Start with these simple steps to create a musical home environment for your children.

Immerse your home in music. Whenever appropriate, let the music play in the home. It doesn’t matter what type of music. Your children will find particularly meaningful with any musical genres. So, remember to play music – any and all music.

Actively listen to music. Besides having music playing in the background, attending to and interacting with music regularly is also important for your children. With a young child, you should move his hands or legs to the music. With an older child, you can spark conversation and ask him questions about music. That can help in focusing your children’s attention to the music and suggesting that music is something that elicits a response.

Sing with your children. An excellent way to help your children internalize music is singing with them. It doesn’t matter how well you sing, you can sing simple songs for kids. With young children, repetition is important. That will help your children learn basic melodies and rhythms. Singing a song is also a fun way for you and your child to spend time together.

Dance with your children. Dancing is another fun way to encourage your children to learn about music. Finding and moving to the steady beat of the music is fundamental to all future musical ability. If your children find it difficult, don’t get discouraged! Just give them more time.

Make music together. As your children get older, you can encourage them to make music together. If they play the guitar, you may consider a duet with them. If you play an instrument, you may play along with them when they sing. That will make your children understand and feel the shared joy of making music.

Let music be a part of everyday life that improves whatever we do. If you instill this value in your children at a young age, they will continue to explore a relationship with music when they’re older.