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Parents as Teachers

March 19, 2011

Everyday as a parent, you are teaching your child about the world and about themselves.  I see music as an integral element mediating a young child’s experience of the world that is often neglected or lazily taught. Simply because everyone is able to learn music and how to be musical does not mean that we can learn all on our own.

Sing to your babyThis is why parents are so important in the process of this particular sphere of education, one that colours so much of our daily lives (all aural perception). Dr Shinitsi Suzuki said that a child’s music education should start 9 months before the birth of the mother!

For most of us, this means a lot of catching up. It’s hard to know how to teach something that we seem to always just have known, or that we may have no idea about. We could question whether we should have to teach it at all.  But at Music Works Magic we see music as something to be shared and experimented with and talked, or indeed, sung about – not something to be neglected. Our teachers can help you to share music with your child at home in ways that will create a wonderful musical foundation for life. We model singing that is developmentally appropriate for your child and we will teach you how to evoke these responses from your child in a fun and gentle manner. We can show you how to musically communicate in a pitch and method that your child will innately understand.

music is sound in time and spaceRepetition is essential for learning and as a parent you can support your child’s growing mastery of their singing voice, by making singing a part of each day at home. As your child learns you will become much more comfortable with your own voice as well!

How Can you Help

  • Practice the songs your child has learned that week at home, in the car, walking in the park or wherever you both feel comfortable
  • Sometimes you might enjoy taking turns at choosing which song or which verse to sing and, using props to create your own musical experiences at home.
  • Play our CDs at home – these will reinforce your child’s listening skills and reinforce their ‘singing voice’ as they sing along. Our Cds, unlike most commercial material available for children, are pitched in keys that will make a huge difference to your child’s developing ability to sing in tune.
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