5 Ways to Use Music at Home to Promote Learning, Enhance Creativity, and Teach Listening Skills

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Here are five easy, practical ways that you can use music in your home to boost the brain cells in your little ones minds.

1. The beneficial effects of music begin while your baby is a fetus. The effects are even more powerful during the third trimester of your pregnancy. Pick three simple lullabies that you know and love and sing them out loud daily. Buy recordings of these lullabies and play those for your baby as often as you can. When your baby is born, continue to sing and play these three lullabies. Your baby will recognize the sound of your voice and the lullabies. These three songs will become so familiar to your child that they can be used as powerful tools to help them fall asleep, relax, feel happy, connect with you, recognize your voice, and begin connecting those important neural pathways in the mind.

2. Make music apart of your family routine. Play the same type of music every day during a specific part of your day. Dinner time, play time, and bed time are all wonderful times of the day to play music. Your child will get used to hearing the music during this specific time of the day. It will become familiar, comforting and calming to them, which will in turn do wonders on their mood and behavior. Choose music that fits appropriately with the mood you are trying to set. Nursery Rhymes are great for play time. Dinner time is a great time to play orchestral or instrumental music, and lullabies are always nice for bedtime. Introduce your children to your favorite type of music as well, as long as it does not have any inappropriate language. Remember, children’s ears are more sensitive than adult ears so never play music too loud or use adult ear phones.

3. Sing! Sing to your baby as much as you possibly can. Before you know it your toddler will start belting out the tunes. Toddlers that are exposed to music frequently will sing entire songs before they are able to talk in complete sentences. Singing promotes language development, concentration and creativity. For preschool and elementary age children, add movements, dance, and acting. Put on a pretend play for your family. This will build creativity and boost self-confidence. Singing simple songs like the ABC’s is a great way to teach words, concepts and new languages.

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  1. Great article. Many parents are using my sleep Cd to settle their children to sleep with great results. It encourages parents to sing the sweet lullaby and the instrumental allows relaxation into deep sleep. My toddler was three when I first used it and now, almost eight still listens to it when he cannot settle to sleep. He also has been playing piano for three years and has perfect pitch. Music is wonderful and we share our love of piano together.

  2. Hi Deb,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience using music at home with your children! Tell us about your sleep CD, it sounds great! Piano is a great instrument to begin with, glad to hear your son is enjoying music so much! The benefits truly are amazing!

    Thanks again for your comment!

  3. My last child born after a 21 year gap, was a cat napper at first, and then could take 2-3 hours to settle to sleep as a toddler. As a night duty neonatal nurse, I was so tired and desperate for him to get to sleep and settled before I started work. On nights off, I wanted to go to sleep early, but he had other ideas. As a new to music mum, I composed a sleep song…it worked! He has listened to my sleep lullaby lyrics and instrumental over many years, whenever he found it difficult to relax to sleep.
    I knew I had to share it with other sleep deprived parents and toddlers. I developed the arrangement so that it was specifically designed to get toddlers to sleep and added merchandise for fun sleep experiences. Developed commercially, it has worked for hundreds of other parents. My son has perfect pitch and plays piano. I truly think the early exposure has been the key factor in this. He is about to play at his first piano comp. A great way to share his music and a boost to his confidence. He has done a great job at staying focussed on the music piece, and just learning that, is an important life skill. Regards Deb Herdman.

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