Tip to gain the most from MUSIC MAKING lessons with your child
- Be patient. Allow your child time to observe and become comfortable participating. Observation is key to learning.
- Set up a clear floor space for music time. Have a screen safely positioned where everyone can view and instruments handy. Hire and purchase options are available but home-made and kitchen items are also fine (see our At Home Worksheets).
- Use your instruments and core music at other times in the home regularly. Interact joyfully with video lessons multiple times. Use them for shorter more regular segments.
- Parent education information is presented throughout the video lessons.
- Familiarity builds comfort and confidence and in turn participation. Remember we are not seeking performance but rather individual learning and joyful music making.
- Your participation throughout the class, including singing is crucial to encouraging your child. It does not matter how you sound when you sing or appear when you move, it only matters that you do sing and do move. You are your child’s model!
- Give your focus to your child and activities. Talking/distractions during the class interfere with the children listening and devalues the activities and your child’s participation in the lesson. We understand this is not always possible but this is the aim.
- Take musical cues from your child…repeat sounds that they make and call attention to particular changes in music eg. High, low, soft, fast, flute, drums etc. This promotes listening and musical appreciation.
- Sing to and with your child at times of personal interaction, such as bathing, dressing, eating. Take your child to live musical performances and use a variety of music at home, exposing them to classical, jazz, reggae, country and folk.
- Use floor games, tickle rhymes and beat activities to distract and/or help calm children when they are unsettled, frustrated etc. Lullabies and rocking songs for quiet contemplation or rest time.
- Communicate with teachers. This is very important to working together to enhance your child’s learning.
- Congratulate your child when they sing, mime, dance and display enjoyment from their music. Recognise and reinforce music as a positive part of your family’s daily life. You will benefit from it too!
Research and practice have taught us children who are spoken to will learn to speak and children who are read to will learn to read. Doesn’t it seem obvious that children who are sung to will learn to sing? Music is not just for children who overtly express musical interest and we can no longer accept such statements as, “I will wait and see if my son shows an interest in music”. Parents can realise the shared role they play in musical development and provide the environment in which their children can prosper.
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