“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the wind, flight to the imagination and life to EVERYTHING.”
Music has existed for as long as humanity has existed. But it can only exist if someone creates it and shares it. So, it follows that, since humans have always done it, it must hold enormous importance to us. We don’t always understand every reason why it seems to hold a similar place in our lives to water, food, clothes and shelter, but trust us, it does – big time. If you’ve forgotten, just ask any teenager.
Children love the things that their parents and grandparents love. And music naturally brings so much atmosphere and emotion to a room, they ‘get’ why. They too will feel its power and be automatically drawn to it.
Remember your high school break-up? Remember the song that was playing at the time? Admit it! You still feel a pang whenever you hear it. Music is a powerful trigger of emotions. So, we’ve decided it’s time to start creating memories of your own today.
Here’s are some tips from TastyMoments – the memory-makers!
- Teach your child the lyrics of simple songs and listen while you’re popping the creamed spinach into the microwave.
- When you play songs, discuss the titles, what the lyrics might mean, what instruments are being used etc. This is easier done if you can see the band performing on an online channel.
- Consider sending them for music lessons. These lessons have a ton of fringe benefits. They teach kids cognitive skills, discipline, patience and motor skills. Music stimulates the same area of the brain that is required to do analytical tasks and – wait for it – math! There is evidence that children develop, on average, an IQ score of +7 points as they get better at playing an instrument. BONUS!
- Children who play music are often more confident and have better self-esteem than the little ones who don’t.
- Because it is such a creative and powerful way of expression, they feel as though they ‘have a voice’. Through music, they can invoke emotions in themselves but also have the power to transfer those feelings to others – an extraordinary ability for a young child.
- Lastly, it represents an incredibly powerful alternative way to engage with the world, other than using a digital device. While your child may develop to a point where they might use digital instruments, the device becomes a creative tool as opposed to a passive channel.
So, encourage your kids to appreciate music while they’re young, whether it’s by listening to it or playing an instrument.
Last word: If they do take up an instrument, we hope it is not a drum kit or a trumpet, for your sake!
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