How To Introduce Your Child To Classical Music
By Robert D. Crandell
Children may have different thoughts and perspectives compared to adults when it comes to appreciating music. Some children may appreciate classical music readily, while there are others who will not like it. However, if you want to introduce music to your child and want him/her to appreciate it, there are ways that you can do so.
Here are some tips which you can use in order to introduce classical music to your child and help him/her appreciate it:
1. Allow them to listen to classical music, but don’t force it on them.
Children don’t literally know what they like yet. When it comes to different types of music, and other things for that matter, there are no preconceptions about it when it comes to children. They won’t turn away from new things, even music.
Although this type of music would seem very beautiful and soothing for you, don’t try to talk down to kids when it comes to music. Just like any other things, talking down to them would often end up in failure. Allow them to appreciate it in their own, rather than forcing your ideals about it on them.
2. Do it with something you do with your child when you let them hear classical music.
What can allow your children to appreciate classical music and listen to them more is by relating something with it. If you read stories to your kid, try playing related music in the background while reading the story. This can allow him/her to reminisce those special moments with you each time he/she hears similar music.
However, if you’re going to relate music to stories, make sure that you play the same music when reading the same story to them. This can allow them to remember it more and be familiar with it. Also, make sure that you just don’t pick out random songs to play while reading a story to your children. You should also make sure that the song that you’ll play can relate to the mood of the story.
3. Allow them to listen to classical music before playtime.
Kids can become really excited when it’s playtime. This can be a great time for you to ask them to listen to music and tell them something about the song. You can throw in information about the composer, when it was composed, etc. By doing this regularly, you can allow your child to build a habit of knowing stuff about classical music and appreciate it more.
4. Let your kids dance to the music.
If you have kids who are quite active, it may be hard just to let them listen to classical music alone. You’ll also have to address their energy. One way that you can do this is by letting them do some interpretative dance while listening to the music. You can allow them to be creative and allow themselves to dance the way the music is making them feel.
Aside from encouraging your children to dance to the rhythm of the music, you can also join in with them. This can be a fun way to share your appreciation of music with your child.
About the Author: Robert D. Crandell enjoys writing for SmartSound.com which offers
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