4. Introduce an instrument. Piano is a wonderful first instrument to learn and can be started as early as age 2 or 3! Music should be considered as important as language and math. Learning to read music and play an instrument at the same time as learning reading, writing and mathematics helps connect the left and right brain in a way that will benefit the mind for the rest of one’s life.
5. Listen to instrumental music. Mozart, Bach and Beethoven are prime choices for children because they have simple melodies that are repetitious. Listening to music is a wonderful way to teach children the important skill of listening. While listening to an instrumental piece of music ask your child what instruments they hear. Do they hear a piano, drum, trumpet, or violin? Being able to listen to numerous instruments playing at once and being able to pick out specific instruments is a great skill that promotes development and intelligence. Surprisingly, some adults have a difficult time being able to do this. Listening skills can be taught at a very young age and will stick with your children into adulthood.
Lastly, let’s not forget that music is fun! Listening to music can be as effective as taking a happy pill! If you’re feeling run down, turn on your favorite tunes and have a dance party with your little ones. If your children are bouncing off the walls and it’s almost nap time, turn on some quiet instrumental music. If you make music apart of your life your children will learn to make it apart of their life. What a wonderful skill to pass on to your children!
Campbell, D. (1997) The Mozart Effect. New York, NY: Avon Books.