- Have fun! When you are interested in something and are having fun with it, they will be too.
- Find upbeat and/or newer versions of the classics to help get them excited.
- Use music to teach and reinforce core curriculum. They seem to remember the material better when they have a song to learn.
- Kids seem to learn better when they have a movement to go along with the music. After all, everyone loves air guitar! Be crazy, have fun, that is what I do!
- Some of the musicians that we enjoy are Greg and Steve, Dr. Jean, and Laurie Berkner.
- To teach kids how to read music, try the Freddie the Frog books.
- Use puppets with music. The puppets capture their attention and get them excited about learning the song.
- If you want to teach your children an instrument, start them early. Let them play with rhythm instruments so that they learn the steady beat. Piano is a good instrument to start formal lessons on.
- You and your children do not have to be perfect. Just have fun!
June 15, 2010
The tip from the expert for this week comes from my sister, Mary, who is a music teacher in the Memphis area. She gives some tips and ideas for instilling a love and appreciation for music in young children: