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Kids and Music

All parents understand the power of music when it comes to soothing a cranky child, but many parents don't understand the power music has on all aspects of their child's life. The act of listening to music or even of allowing your child to make their own music can introduce them to many skills they will need for the future. Music can help your child grasp the spoken language, identify rhythm and beat, express their emotions and learn to relax. Although some experts believe that exposing your child to classical music, such as Mozart, soon after they are born will increase their intelligence, this fact has yet to be proven. However, listening to music can increase the activity in a child's brain and help them form connections that will help with learning later in life.

There are many different ways to include music in your children's lives. By using the simple tips below, you can instill a love of music in your child and other them a lifetime of enjoyment and learning.

• Instead of using the television as a "babysitter" while you do a few chores around the house, turn on the radio or pop in a CD. Music is more interactive than television because your child can sing along or dance with the music. Plus, this practice will allow you to offer your child a variety of music to listen too.

• Sit down with your child and "really" listen to a song. Pick out sections where the beat or fast and slow. Point out high notes and low notes. Teach your child to clap along with the beat of the music.

• Sing to your baby or your toddler. Even if you have to make up the words or you feel that your singing voice is less than perfect, singing to or with your baby is a great interactive past time. Plus, babies love to listen to the rhythm of their mother's voice and watch her changing facial expressions.

• Make music a part of your child's bedtime routine. Music, especially classical music or children's lullabies, is very soothing and promotes relaxation. Plus, playing music in your child's room helps block out occasional background noises that could disrupt their sleep.

• Vary your music selection. Children benefit from listening to a wide range of music. Do not feel as though you have to limit their listening to children's songs. Many kids love country, rock, jazz and even musicals.

• Teach your child to make his or her own music. Use old oatmeal containers as drums, or fill them with beans to make music shakers. Old pots and pans and a wooden spoon will also make a great drum set. Be creative and let your child use their imagination. Have them play along to a favorite song or make one up on their own.

• Take your child to a live performance. Live music sounds different than recorded music. Let your child experience the difference by taking them to a concert. Just make sure that you choose a concert that is help outdoors. Indoor concerts will be too damaging to your baby's ears.

• Teach your children songs that include hand or body movements such as Pat-a-Cake and The Itsy Bitsy Spider. These songs are fun to sing and help your child master their body movements while improving hand-eye coordination.

If your child shows a strong attraction to music, or maybe even a little extraordinary talent, you may consider enrolling them in a music class. These classes are offered for children of all ages, even babies as young as six months. Whatever you do, be sure to encourage your child's love of music and make a variety of music available to your child throughout all the stages of their lives.



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