Your challenge: Studies have shown that music has the power to actually further develop the areas of the brain related to hearing and movement in truly positive ways. But how can you foster an appreciation for music in your little one—especially if you are tone deaf yourself?
The solution: It doesn't take a Beethoven to train a budding musician. Simply by offering the tools and encouragement for them to pick up a musical instrument, you can help unlock your child's potential—not just with making the string quartet, but also with general learning skills and academics.
Sing to them: No matter what others may say, babies love the sound of their mother's singing voice. Not only do lullabies comfort babies, but they also promote the maternal bond and activates regions in those little noggins. And, considering babies begin listening to their mama's voice from within the womb, it's never too early to start singing to them.
Encourage interaction: Expand your baby's musical horizons early on by creating a play environment rich in sounds—from toys that play songs to ones where they can bang out their own beat. Already naturally curious, babies love the reward of sounds when they engage with an activity or toy.
Get up and dance: Before long, your little one should be able to keep the beat by clapping their hands or moving their feet. Encourage the dance party by moving along with them or by asking them to play the tune with their own set of musical instruments.
Look into local classes: There will be a time soon enough for violin lessons. But well before then, many places offer free or low-cost ways to encourage musical appreciation—like with baby music and movement classes at the library. Through these sessions, you can expose your child to new songs, skills and friends!
Pro tip: Continue to make music a family affair as your children get older. Studies show that listening to songs together can bridge the gap between parents and their children in meaningful ways.
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