I started playing instruments in the late stages of my life – fourth grade, at the age of 9 when I was mature – my public school offered courses. I chose the violin and liked it. My teacher recognized my abilities and supported my decision to become a professional. But when I arrived at the music school, it was shocking! Most other students start to be young in kindergarten or earlier. I have to practice 5 to 7 hours a day to catch up with the artists. '
Today, more and more research confirms my feelings: from the early days of brain formation, music training has neurological benefits. The study also links children's music lessons to senior grades, test scores and self-esteem. Starting from the ages means that children have a better chance to become accomplished musicians if this is their interest.
But not too young! In addition to being a musician, I am the mother of three children [including two teenagers, they are pre-professional musicians, and a 6-year-old cellist]; I am the director and teacher of a school. A hundred teenagers of all ages teach music. Here are some practical experiences that teach me how to happily and successfully bring my child into the music world.
1. Enraged the baby. Teaching a musical instrument to a child under 3 years old is a frustration. Instead, let them listen to live music. Give them simple toy instruments like keyboards – kids like to press buttons. If you have played the instrument, knock them off and start playing again in front of them.
2. There is a magic number. It's about 3. For many kids, this is the time they can start focusing on the instrument course – especially if the instrument is a piano.
3. Is your preschooler focused? If the child can focus on a task like a puzzle or shape classifier for 20 minutes, then the child may be ready. [If he doesn't sit still for more than 20 seconds, don't despair – he will get there later!]
4. Start with a piano lesson. Although the violin is made in baby size, it is very difficult for most young people under the age of 4. The piano is much better. The child can sit comfortably. They have a palette in front of them – black and white keys they can concentrate on listening to treble and bass – basic ear training. There is satisfaction from the beginning: the button, it sounds good!
5. Do social networking. The best course of the era is like a great large game group, focusing on musical instruments. Children can't wait to see their friends. If you do not have such a course in your area, consider finding one or two pre-school children to join your child's elementary program.
6. Do your homework. Get at least three recommendations from other parents. You and your child should meet with the teacher in advance and visit the facilities [whether it is a music school or a teacher's home.]
Seek insights. Most preschoolers like to perform for family and friends. Children dress up; they buy a special outfit; they even buy new shoes! During or after the recital, there should be a reception [we call it a "party!"]. The children will run around, eat biscuits and carrots, accept congratulations, and feel great!
8. Keep the reward flight. The children are very focused on the goal, so many rewards, stickers and small toys are distributed. When your child is upset, you can say, "If you can play these three measures, you will get a sticker." It is like a miracle!
9. GOT five minutes? Although the course requires the child to concentrate for 30 to 45 minutes, set a lower home practice. If she can only finish in five minutes, that would be great. As she grows older, she will go longer. Consistency is more important than duration.
10. Create a routine. Choose a normal place and time to practice.
11. Break the routine. Some nights, I created a group of stuffed animals for my 6-year-old child. On the "regressive" night, she took the opposite measure. Sometimes when I cook, she will sing a serenade for me in the kitchen. The more wackier the better.
12. Do not buy an instrument. If you have a choice, you can rent or borrow it. Reducing your investment will help you achieve a correct, laid-back attitude. When a parent buys a new instrument for a beginner course, it is actually a guarantee of a child's failure. They think they have made this huge investment, so their children are better to stick to it. That's too much pressure.
13. Positive. Always see the bright side. Praise their attempts and their progress. Your approval prompted them to stick to it.
14. Give it five weeks. After five semesters, parents and children fully understand what they need. This is when you ask yourself:
– What did my child learn?
– Does he or she practice at least a few minutes a day?
– No from
Ok? were able from
Dealing with time and effort?
If you answer "yes" ' at least two questions, continue to study music lessons. Most of our preschool children continue to take private classes. Or, if they are old enough [minimum 4 minutes], some people will switch to a stringed instrument. Piano lessons can be of great help when they face the increased complexity of holding and playing the violin, cello or guitar.
But even if your child is not ready to continue, you are not wasting your investment. Everything they learned in the first five weeks will still exist when they are mature enough to continue making music, whether it is 3 months or 3 years.
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