Research shows that ALL children are born with musical aptitude, and following that thought, everyone has the potential to achieve in music. It's time to dispel the myth that you've either got it or you don't. Today, I'm going to help you with what to do from here: how can we as parents and carers of children nurture their musical development and help them make their own music (or make music their own)?
The answer is quite simply to sing, move, play, listen and engage with music in as many ways as you can! But what songs, rhymes, or music do you use?
It can be anything, however there are some wonderful suggestions provided by Rhyme Baby to give you a place to start. A friend and colleague of mine, Danielle Joynt, has provided this website (www.rhymebaby.com) as a starting point for parents and carers. It is a fabulous resource riddled with beautiful artwork!
1.) A variety of rhymes particularly useful for babies, including some recordings of the songs and how to sing the songs.
2.) Tips on choosing small percussion instruments for babies.
3.) Lists of music, pieces and composers to move to or play along with.
4.) Some musings on topics to do with all things babies and music related.
And more to come!
It's a brilliant resource for parents and music educators and is constantly evolving and being added to.
Enjoy exploring this resource with your little one!