When my children were little, I played music in the house all the time. Whether it be something quiet as they were drifting off to sleep, or classical music throughout the day. They would dance and babble all day long! I loved to see them enjoying the music. At an early age I would name the piece and the composer’s name. After a while, they would hear a song and be able to identify it. It was pretty cool to watch them develop a love of music. Now that they are older, they are able to listen to the radio and name the songs and the songwriters. I often find myself asking them who is singing on the radio.
They both now play two instruments and have played them for years. Alexander plays the piano and the guitar, and Kate plays the piano and the violin. My husband and I chuckle, as neither of us are musically talented. They both are pretty amazing. I have noticed that their concentration and thinking skills have increased as they practice. I am pleased that both have stayed with their instruments even though learning new pieces can be challenging.
There are many things that you can do with your children to help them develop their musical and auditory sense. As mentioned, playing music and identifying the composer or songwriter is an easy place to start. Singing with your children also helps them learn the melody of the songs as well as helps to build memorization skills as the words are memorized. Dancing and clapping the rhythm or playing rhythm instruments helps to build their rhythm. Playing Freeze Dance helps them educate and refine their auditory sense. Playing The Silence Game- sitting for a minute or so in silence, allows children time to hear noises and identify and reflect what caused the noise.
There are several award winning VINCI apps that can be played to develop your child’s musical and auditory senses. Drum That Up, introduces percussion instruments, names the instrument, and allow your child to become familiar with the sounds that each make. Once they are capable, a short piece will be played that they will be invited to copy. Piano, is another fun app. Your child will be able to explore the sounds of the different keys. Once they are capable, the beginning of a song will be played that they can recreate. Once the beginning has been mastered, the song will be played for them to enjoy. Little Instruments helps to develop the ability to recognize and name different musical instruments. Your child can place different instruments in the hands of a quartet. The composer will guide the monkeys through the song. String and wind instruments can be switched throughout. Your child can explore the different sounds that the instruments make and see how the song changes as the instruments change.
Pausing and reflecting on the sounds and noises that you hear throughout the day will help refine your child’s senses. Discuss the sounds that you hear. Listen to music and create music of your own. Dance and sing. There are so many fun activities that will help develop your child’s musical and auditory senses.
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