I was recently reading an article by the National Association for Music Education. Click here to read it yourself. They list beliefs about young children and musically appropriate musical experiences and I'd like to explore some of them here.
"All children have musical potential. Every child has the potential for successful, meaningful interactions with music."
I've commented on this before, but I definitely believe that all children are wired to love and enjoy music and all children have musical potential. I have had the privilege of being part of the musical journey of many families and never ceases to bring warmth to my heart when I see children's response to classical music. They just love it!
This article also lists some qualities of the adults in charge of providing these musical experiences to young children. "These persons should:
These adults could be a variety of people, including parents. I believe parents have a profound influence on their child's participation and experience of music in the early years. However, I am finding that many parents question their "musicality" and this is therefore why they don't sing or "do music" in their home as often as they would like to. Many parents appreciate the importance of music for their children, but are unaware of the best way to do this. What does this look like in the day-to-day events within the home?
Here at the Freesia Music Studio, I believe in empowering parents and equipping them with all the skills necessary to facilitate a high quality music enrichment experience in their own homes. This is the basis of the Holiday Program we provide. Parents have access to a musical activity to do each day with their children in between term times. See here.
I know that they children would LOVE to hear their parents' voices and play musical games with their parents, and the parents too will find immense joy in the connectedness that these opportunities provide. Connectedness is what we all crave! Music is a great way to connect within your family and within the wider community.