Your child is showing signs of musical talent. Who should make the decision about kids and music lessons, the parent or the child? Most people will say the adult. The child does not know enough to know what is good for them yet.
Actually, there are three different scenarios involving parents, kids and music:
- Your child shows interest. His interest and ability is obvious to everyone, both friends and family. This is a perfect scenario with a natural and mutual outcome; the child is simply born to play musical instrument.
- Your child informs you they want to sing or play an instrument. Sometimes a parent will pick up on the request the first time and other times the child will ask repeatedly. Children are persistent and if your child is always visiting with the same musical kids then they will embrace these lessons and attend with pleasure.
- The parents see their child's interest. Everyone has a different level of natural musical ability and children are no exception. Kids and music go together naturally. It is easy to prove this if you just turn on the radio. The reaction to the melodies will depend on the age of your child, but even a child to young to walk will start moving to the beat.
On the opposite end of the spectrum are the parents who see and hear their child's desire for a formal musical education but they disapprove the idea of kids and music. They are imposing their own personal opinions on their child. Usually this is because the parent was forced to be involved in a kids and music program as a child and only has bad memories of it.
Kids and music is a natural combination. Why would any parent try to defy nature and separate kids and music? If your child openly expresses the desire to learn music, you should let them. There are a few primary reasons parents deny their child a musical education, here is a brief list of the most common ones:
1. Parents are absolutely clueless about music education because they never took these lessons themselves.
2. The parents were forced to take music lessons when they were young. This is important because the bad memories about kids and music and being forced to do something they hated will not go away. No parent wants to expose their child to something that will be unpleasant.
3. Children change their minds and interests almost daily. Many parents doubt that the child will be studying music for a long time, and the expenses for music are quite costly and immediate. If finances are the only factor between your child and their desired musical education talk to teachers and instructors. In most major cities there are organizations that are willing to help.
4. Parents do not understand the advantages of a musical education and attempt to see some other talents in him, for example, in dancing, art, athletics, etc.
Tatiana Bandurina is an owner of Quintecco Educational Products Inc. She develops a new trend in education - Music Education for Parents. For more information on kids and music, visit http://www.quintecco.com