Your child may be musically inclined and have musical talents that you don’t even know about. Even as a toddler, you can encourage and nourish these interests and talents and bring out the very best in your child. Music appreciation can start at a young age, but it doesn’t have to stop at your child simply listening to music. You can find out what musical instrument your child prefers and even get him or her started playing an instrument at a very young age. Here are some fun ways to do that.
1. Make instruments Out of Everything
There are all sorts of objects that can be used as musical instruments, and many of them may be in your house right now. How many times as a child did you pretend a pot was a drum? Perhaps you used to treat an empty paper towel roll as a trumpet. These are activities your child may enjoy, and you can make instruments out of all sorts of objects in their everyday life. If you encourage your child to experiment with musical instruments and turn common objects into tools for creating music, you can foster a love and interest in actual instruments.
2. Let Your Toddlers Listen to Music
Your child won’t be very interested in music without some exposure to it, and the more you surround your child with music and musical influences, the more likely they are to love it. Keep in mind that toddlers have different musical tastes than adults will, so light, happy tunes are more likely to pique their interest then something dark, heavy or serious. You don’t have to flood them with toddler-targeted tunes, as many parents find them annoying. Classical music, pop music and soft rock can all be appealing to toddlers and keep their interest for long periods of time.
3. Make Music Learning a Game
Musical instruments can be kind of daunting tools for toddlers to use at first. You may find that they get little enjoyment out of playing with the strings or keys, but making their interaction into a game can really spur their interest.
One game you may want to try is to place the musical instrument in front of the toddler and then get them to interact with it. Every time they make a sound come out, you can react in a silly way, pretending like the musical noise is having an effect on you. This will probably get your child to laugh and to try to replicate the effect by playing with the instrument more. This is just one example, but you know your child better than anyone. You know what kind of activities will keep their interest, so you can try to make musical instruments a part of that. Be sure to use a musical instrument that is well suited to your child, and here at Music Groupies, we have a lot of information to help you choose the right one.
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4. Use Coloring Activities
Toddlers love to color, and as they color, they learn and develop interests. You can use music coloring books or print off your own music coloring pages from the internet. As you color with your child, teach him or her the name of the instrument and make the noises that the instrument would. This can get your kid excited to try out the instrument for themselves.
5. Permit Free Play
One of the best ways to develop a love of musical instruments in your child is to just let them play with the instruments. You’ll only want to allow this with tough or kid-friendly instruments, such as toy guitars or sturdy keyboards. When your child experiments and tries to use the instrument on their own, they will naturally discover musical notes. Allow free play sessions frequently to encourage music appreciation at a very young age.
6. Let Your Child See Others Play the Instruments
You can take your child to music performances, show your child videos of people playing instruments or play the instrument yourself in front of your child. This will encourage experimentation with the instruments and help your child understand that he or she can control what the instrument does and the sounds it makes. Kids love to make sounds on their own, and if you demonstrate with one of these methods that people can use musical instruments to make noises, then your kid will catch on and try to imitate the performance and interaction for themselves.
These are just a few suggestions for introducing your toddler to musical instruments, and you can find more great ideas for musical interaction and appreciation here in Music Groupies. We hope these suggestions help you bring out the music lover or musician in your little one.
About the author
Simon Dupree has discovered he has a passion for music from a very young age. Ever since then, music has been an essential part of his life. When he is not practicing, he`s probably behind the keyboard writing for Music Groupies.