5 Ways To Encourage Your Child To Play An Instrument
Lots of children are naturally interested in playing a musical instrument or singing. They may have seen a character in their favorite television program playing an instrument, or perhaps they saw the...
Lots of children are naturally interested in playing a musical instrument or singing. They may have seen a character in their favorite television program playing an instrument, or perhaps they saw their school friends or parents playing instruments. It could just be that they watched a movie on YouTube of a guy playing a guitar solo at warp-speed and said, "wow, I'd like to try that". Below you'll find 5 ways to help and encourage your child to explore musical instruments.
Of course, not all children will be interested in playing an instrument. It may not be the case that they don't want to, it may just be that they haven't been exposed to musical instruments and don't have a concept of how much fun creating music yourself can be. In that situation you can check out the 5 ways to help and encourage your kid to play an instrument below and hopefully they'll pick up an instrument and start having fun. :-)
1: Explain to your child how the basic toys they played with when they were really small are different to the musical instruments older children and adults play. Children will usually start with small electronic keyboards that play all musical "sounds". You can make the distinction between the "keyboard drum sound" and a real drum kit. You could even get some pots and pans out and create your own drum kit. :-)
2: Play an instrument to your child. It doesn't matter how badly you play, the fact that you find it interesting will be reflected by your child. If you simply strum a guitar, your child will want to "try it". You can develop their enthusiasm by giving them a guitar suitable for a child.
3: Explore video-sharing sites and show your child how various instruments make different sounds. Your child may prefer the sound of a flute to that of an oboe... but just being aware of the different instruments and the sounds they make will be a great learning experience for your child.
4: See what your school or pre-school has to offer. Your child may be doing musical lessons. Find out from the teacher if your child has any desire to learn a specific instrument, and if so, which one.
5: Employ a little bit of sibling rivalry. If one child enjoys playing an instrument, it's very likely the other will want to. All you have to do is start one child learning their favorite instrument and the other will naturally want to copy their sibling... perhaps not with the same instrument, but one more suited to them.
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