Music is wonderful and everyone knows that. It can heal wounds in our soul, make us feel relaxed and sometimes motivated, and it can do many impossible things to our minds. What is more amazing is that music can develop the physical and mental condition of children just by listening and doing music – related activities. However, not any type of music can be accepted easily by children. They have their own interests. That’s why introducing classical music – a type of music that even matures can’t know and understand deeply is such a task of challenge that requires many time and efforts.
In this article, I will introduce some certain ways based on my own experiences about letting my kids know about classical music and make them in love with it. All you need is some small games with music, a space to host some activities and of course the best record player you can buy to play some really outstanding classical pieces. With those preparations, we can start teaching our kids about classical music – a wonderful value of people from the early age. Some might love it, some might not, but at least they have some basic thoughts about it.
Listening To Classical Music Naturally And Willingly
Kids don’t really know what is “like” and what is “dislike” since they don’t know about the things that come to them yet. Everything is just new and interesting, and after a few experiences, they will decide whether they can like it or be a part of it or not. So do their attitudes towards classical music. Even though you can explain to them what this type of music is and how beneficial it could be, that would still make no sense. Fortunately, they will not stay away from anything new, and that’s our chance.
Though classical music might be quite beautiful and relaxing to kids, don’t ever think of forcing your kids to think like you. Talking down to a kid just leads to failure since they will likely to disobey what they are told to be. That’s the reason why we should let them listen to this type of music naturally by using a record player to play the pieces gently when they don’t notice and see how the kids react to this new experience. Never force the kids to listen to it like we do. That’s would be very annoying to them and make they want to fight back.
Attach Classical Music With Other Activities
Don’t let your children get bored of listening to music without doing anything. Actually, listening to music provokes kids to do something else while enjoying the pieces, so it would be better if you can give them something to do with. Relating activities to music can make them feel more active and appreciate classical music easier.
For example, because of smooth and gentle melodies, classical music can create favorable condition for story and book reading, which is a very good activity but most children can’t focus on because they are too energetic to stay still and do a thing like that. On the other hand, if you tend to attach classical music with indoor activities, children’s games with music – related feature are good ideas as well. You should host games that are related to special moments or tunes of the music to get their attention while listening. Through listening to classical music, kids will know more about tunes, instruments and especially how to enjoy music without listening to the lyrics which is beneficial for their mind and creativity.
Using Classical Music At The Right Moment
In some places, we are unable to host activities as mentioned above since the number of kid is too many and there is no way to control them. That’s the reason why passive listening can be applied in some cases, especially before playtime, when the kids get excited. It’s high time for you to play some music and talk to them about it and create a good habit of listening to classical music and knowing some information about it regularly. However, this might require a larger amount of time, so make sure that you can do this over and over at least on a weekly basis.
In fact, you can continue to play classical music while they are sleeping but with very low volume so as to make them sleep better. This is also another type of passive listening that is often applied in music therapies.
Dancing And Singing
Listening to music, especially classical music is quite difficult to an energetic child, that’s the reason why you can ask them to dance or sing along, not just listen to it alone. It is actually quite effective since they will easily know how to cope with the tempo of the music pieces and feel the meaning of the music even better and clearer.
If your child has talent in singing and you really want to develop it, let your kid attend a singing course for kids. Basically, singing and listening to classical music in classes will help your kid to know how to focus on the hearing and singing part as well as his or her potential in singing.
Learning About Classical Music
This is a quite effective method only if you know how to pass knowledge onto your kids with lively and interesting lessons. For example, if you know about the record player and own one, you can easily introduce about it, how it works and its components and show your kids some very interesting vinyl records of classical music. Their excitement will make them want to listen to it and find out more and more about this weird device.
In addition, playing a music instrument is a good idea. You should choose typical ones with simple chords and visual instructions such as piano and guitar to teach your children. Don’t push it too hard since they are kids and they learn because of the curiosity. Make your kids love the instrument and they will love classical music as well.