Encouraging your child to pursue music education can not only help encourage their hidden musical talents, it can also provide them with a lifetime worth of benefits. These benefits include an appreciation for music and the arts as well as improve their learning in other subjects. Music education awakens different senses in your child, often together or simultaneously. The development of sight, hearing and small muscle movement in the fingers, hands and feet can lead to greater attention to detail and an increased desire for other areas of education.
As parents we have many opportunities available to us to introduce music education into our children's lives. These include actively supporting live musical performances and concerts held at a local university or symphony hall, learning to play a musical instrument such as the violin or piano and enrolling our child into a top vocal training program. The correlation between your child's music education and other areas of education attainment is strong and worthwhile for you to explore for the benefit of your child's growth and development.
Introducing Live Music into Your Child's Life
Taking your child to their first symphony concert or live musical performance serves as a gateway toward instill in them a lifelong love and appreciation for music. Studies suggest that exposing your child to the classics, such as the works of Mozart and Beethoven, improves their skills in listening and concentration and increases their self-discipline. The earlier your child is exposed to music and engaged into listening for particular aspects of a piece (i.e. different instruments, melodies, etc.), the more likely they are to develop their imagination, creativity and improve other important skills beyond listening.
Once your child has had the experience of music introduced to them, you can use this opening to explore your child's hidden musical talents. These talents may lie in playing an instrument or in vocal training to develop a hidden singing ability. The skills awakened in your child when they are exposed to music will be further developed when they learn how to make music.
Playing a Musical Instrument
One of the best ways to instill a love for music early in a child's life and promote the development of other skills is through the introduction of a musical instrument. Encouraging a child as her parent to take up the study of an instrument can lead to a huge payoff later in her life. Studies link playing an instrument to higher achievement in school. A child's participation in music lessons lead to small increases in a child's IQ points. Their participation has also been associated with improvements in literacy, intelligence, verbal skills and spatial abilities.
Programs for Aspiring Singers
If the instrument of choice for your child is her voice, you should consider enrollment in a program that provides her with proper instruction. Developing your child's vocal skills can be as effective a way to awaken your child's abilities as hearing music of playing an instrument. Although this may not lead to your child becoming the next American Idol or overnight singing sensation, tangible benefits similar to those that come with playing or listening to music may be more important for your child in her later years as she grows into adulthood.
5 fantastic singing schools for aspiring vocalists include: Berklee College of Music in Boston; the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music; Manhattan School of Music located in New York City; Temple University in Philadelphia; and the world renowned Julliard School of Music in New York City. Each of these institutions have programs that are designed to help your child improve their singing talent. Fostering your child's singing talent can be important for both you and your child.
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