The musical initiation begins in the child's own home. Parents can introduce you to pleasures of rhythm and sounds. Babies and toddlers love to dance and clap their hands. Also, babies calm down if songs are softly sung to them or hummed to them. Whether or not we have a musical sense, it seems that there is a kind of instinct in us that matches the baby's own ability to respond to sounds and movements.
It's fun to research what kind of music your child likes. Pick a time when they are awake, attentive and looking at you in admiration. Select different types of music, from classical to rock, and see their reactions. The child is sure to like soft, flowing music with a defined melody; however, as he gets older, he will surely prefer songs with ups and downs, with a good rhythm, well marked. You will realize thatdifferent types of music will appeal to you in different times.
As soon as your child is able to fixate and concentrate on your face for more than a few seconds, starting at six or seven weeks, attract his attention by singing songs and rhythms; do the mime too.
Babies and toddlers, until they are old enough to go to school, love it. Try the ones you are familiar with from your childhood. As your baby grows he will try to sing with you. You will be excited when you repeat a word or two and clap your hands or stand on tiptoe.
Let your child realize that he can be a part of the music. When you sing to him or he sings with you, give him patting the hands and show him how he can clap too. Don't expect him to do it without help until he is one year old; And even then, it will be some time before you get a proper clapping sound. It doesn't matter, by encouraging him to join you you are helping him understand that music is a source of fun.
Early musical education, that is, in children from 2 to 5 years old, aims to discover and develop the child's expressive, musical and psychomotor abilities, which subsequently allow the choice of an instrument, according to their preferences and aptitudes.
Music for them should be a game of sounds and body expressions, through movements, motor, visual and auditory awareness, and contact with musical sources. In a general way, it works with:
- The development of the voice: language and song
- Contact with sound sources through various materials: objects and instruments
- The recognition and representation of the sound duration, intensity, height, timbre, etc.
- The development of the auditory perception and musical thinking
- The use of movement as a means of expression and motor, visual and auditory awareness, to get to know one's own body, develop the rhythmic sense and promote social relationships.
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