As a parent, you want to do all you can to raise a well-rounded child. This includes giving them a good education and exposing them to different hobbies and ideas. Music is often top on the list. Whether it’s group music classes or private lessons, parents often want to introduce their children to music because there are so many benefits.
But, not all of us know what we should do, especially if we don’t feel like we’re especially musical ourselves. You don’t have to be musical to raise a musical child!
That’s why we’re here. With the help of Rock and Roll Daycare co-founder Christopher Vuk and his new book “Music in the Home”, we’re going to share with you the single most important thing you can do to raise a musical child as well as some pitfalls to avoid. Check it out!
Don’t Fall into These Pitfalls if You Want to Raise a Musical Child
Beware of these three things that many parents think will help their child be musical but may really not be doing the trick.
Don’t Rely on an iPad or other Device to Teach Them Music
While it may be tempting to hand over the iPad, find a musical app, and call it a day, resist the urge. You can do those first two steps, but then engage with your child and look at what’s being presented together. This is much better than passive screen time and hoping that your child will absorb some part of what’s going on.
Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
If you think that private music lessons or lessons at school will do the trick, that’s not always the case. Private music lessons are great if you can afford them and if your child practices.
Lessons at school are limited as they may not meet frequently and teachers can’t always give the individual attention that kids need. Again, they also need to be practicing at home to make it work.
So if these are the things that you shouldn’t do, what can you do? Drumroll, please…
Learn with your child!
While you may already be saying to yourself that you don’t have the time, you need to make the time. It doesn’t have to be for hours. It can be a short amount of time a few times a week where the two of you can learn music together.
You can sing songs together or even try out some of those iPad apps that aim to teach music. The whole point is that you’re doing it together!
This is a great way to not only do your part to raise a musical child but also sneak some special one-on-one time with your child that can be so rare these days.
For more useful information about how to bring music into your home, be sure to check out Christopher’s book!!