Babies eyes light up with the sound of music. They move, jiggle and find their inner joy.
So often, music is perceived as something extra that you can expose your children to once they have mastered life’s basic skills. In reality, music creates space in our lives, and allows greater opportunities for us to foster the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development of our children.
Music is not a separate entity to be learnt in a formal capacity, nor is it a specific vocational calling for a select few. Music is more than that. It is core to many areas of life, and has the remarkable ability to lift our moods, to motivate, encourage, soothe and heal.
When complimented with opportunities to engage in sensory play, music can assist in the development of bodily and spatial awareness, logical thinking, linguistic expression and emotional intelligence. It can also nurture self confidence, joy, resilience, creativity, personal and social freedom, and a strong sense of identity.
Music facilitates bonding between children and their significant others, laying the foundations of mutual respect and harmonious relationships.
These are the kinds of early experiences that lend themselves to lifelong learning, personal success, the understanding and appreciation of values, and a deep sense of inner happiness.
So instead of waiting until your child reaches a certain age, or appears to be responsive enough to engage in music, start now by using some of these simple ideas to help get you started:
We all want to give our children the very best of everything life has to offer, and encourage them every step of the way. One of the most important ways to do this is by complimenting our day to day routines and rituals with a variety of musical experiences. In the process, you will strengthen connections with your child, while nurturing a deeper appreciation for the complex inter-connectedness and beauty of the world around them.
So toss aside your preconceptions of your own musical ability or whether your baby is old enough, and remember that even though you may not sing like Elvis Presley, in the ears of your child you sound like a star.
Happy singing, dancing, playing and music making.
Yours in Harmony
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