|Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:10 PM|
I came across this statement on NAFME's (The National Association for Music Education) website. It was just so well written and explains everything about why I do what I do perfectly.
"Music is a natural and important part of young children’s growth and development. Early interaction with music positively affects the quality of all children’s lives. Successful experiences in music help all children bond emotionally and intellectually with others through creative expression in song, rhythmic movement, and listening experiences. Music in early childhood creates a foundation upon which future music learning is built. These experiences should be integrated within the daily routine and play of children. In this way, enduring attitudes regarding the joy of music making and sharing are developed.
"All children have musical potential. Every child has the potential for successful, meaningful interactions with music. The development of this potential, through numerous encounters with a wide variety of music and abundant opportunities to participate regularly in developmentally appropriate music activities, is the right of every young child."
Thank you NAFME, this is exactly why no child is ever too young to start learing about Music. If it's started at and early enough age, children will develop a basic musical understanding. Chances are, they will also be more likely to want to learn to play their own instruments when they reach an older age. I can't tell you how many parents I have come across that had their child in Music Together who tell me how their child has decided to learn how to play Piano, Violin, Drums, etc. It really works. I'm not saying you will have guaranteed the brilliance of a second Mozart or Bach for that matter because of class. I'm saying that because the child was able to experience (and yes, EXPERIENCE in the perfect word) music so early, it does spark something.
Besides the joys of listening to music, lets not forget that it's also good to help develop a childs math and social skills.
So in closing, give your child a chance. You never know. I assure you that when you do introduce music to a child so early on, you are giving them one of the greatest gifts mankind has to offer. A great gift with some great perks.
Music, Love, and Harmony to all