Music can help the development of lots of vital skills, including auditory, cause and effect, social skills and concentration.
Children can get a huge amount of pleasure from learning a musical instrument, or even just listening to music.
Learning a musical instrument also helps develop both fine and gross motor skills.
How can you encourage your child to learn through music?
Newborn babies can be soothed by the sound of your voice singing, or by playing soft music in their nursery.
Three to Six Months:
Providing baby with musical toys will help them to understand cause and effect. If they shake the rattle, they’ll hear a sound.
A rattle will help with their hand eye co-ordination (baby needs to be able to grasp the rattle), as well as their gross motor skills (arm movements to shake the rattle).
Music and singing can help baby with auditory skills. A song about clapping hands will teach baby that when she hears the words, she needs to clap her hands.
Six to Twelve Months:
Have music on the in background, rather than television.
Put music on and dance with your baby in your arms.
Provide your child with noisy toys that they can make sounds and music on.
Twelve to Twenty Four Months:
Allow your child to make music on a toy xylophone, or a drum.
Teach your baby songs that you can sing together. Songs with actions are great, as they help keep your toddler engaged.
As your baby learns to walk, put some music on and clap hands, do the twist and do some twirls along to the music.
Two to Three Years:
Sing active songs together, such as “Heads and Shoulders, Knees and Toes”, or “Five Little Ducks”.
Play different kinds of music to your children, such as jazz, classical, opera and rock, as well as dedicated children’s music.
Children can begin formal training on an instrument when they’re three. Before this, just let them play music for fun.
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