Learning to play an instrument can help your child fine-tune her ear and enhance skills needed for education and social interaction.
Your child probably already loves music and has favorite songs. This may have happened with little encouragement from you beyond simply sing lullaby, playing music home or on long car trips.
Kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are exposed to a wide variety of tastes, smells, textures, colors, and sounds. Researchers believe this forges more pathways between the cells in their brains.
Musical experiences are an important way to help create these pathways, also called neural connections. And while listening to music is certainly key to creating them, it's when kids actively participate in music that they make the strongest connections.
Instruments to start with are wooden Maraca rattles, drum (create drums out of empty cans with plastic lids or oatmeal boxes), tamborine, bongo, next stage might be recorder and piano.
First stage is to train the rhythm, toddlers just love it.You can start with piano when your child shows a desire and interest in playing the piano and is happy to sit and concentrate for a short time.
Playing a musical instrument:
· relieves stress
· makes you smarter
· improves your social life
· helps build confidence
· teaches patience
· fosters creativity
· improves memory
· develops discipline
· gives you a sense of achievement
· is fun
Don´t ever force your kids to do what they aren´t passionate about. Offer options, give them the chance to figure out what´s interesting to them.