June 17, 2017 Sharon

5 ways to encourage your children’s hidden musical talents

I believe that there is a musical talent laying wait in each child that is wishing to come out and spread joy into the world through music. This however is sometimes a slow process and parents all over are always struggling to get their children actively playing, especially if they don’t play themselves.

Music is beneficial and helps with cognitive development in kids. Research has been done at Yale stating that an hour’s musical play increases memory and brainpower through the synapses in the brain. This helps with artistic expression and helps engage them into a life of creative expression. The art of play involves discipline and the patience that grows helps later in life. Music also increases confidence and social awareness with playing with other children, which can be a struggle for some late developers.

Listening skills

There is a growing trend in children with accessing music through various music platforms, like YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud, which is why getting them to appreciate good music is crucial. Playing music increases their ability to appreciate the musical sounds, tones and distinguish one instrument from another.

Children love music for the pure joy it brings and are not bound down by social pressures or the media. This means if they are given to chance to appreciate the love of music before the pressure comes from all the awaiting streams of influences they will be grounded to appreciate the music for what it is and not for what it isn’t.

Singing in tune and with confidence

Children love to be heard at home and in the places that they feel safe, but research has shown that children who learn to build confidence through singing will build confidence that carries with them into other social situations.

Singing brings joy to both child and parent, so make sure to give them the joy of music through whatever is accessible to you. The learning with tone, sound and timing are crucial for healthy development.

There is always a time when children can express themselves as easy as they would like but through songs they find ways to express in ways that are easy for them, which is fantastic for enhancing well-being.

Dancing and expression

Singing and dancing are great fun, which is why they are commonly seen together in every movie and social stream there is and for good reason. Humans love to express themselves and with dancing they can let their inner dance-queen out for all to see.

Expression through dance is very common in children and the more ways they can learn to express themselves the happier they will become. There have been studies that suggest that a kid that learns to channel emotions into creative outlets like dancing, singing or playing can and usually are less likely to fall into substance abuse, alcohol and depression which often leads to taking drugs.

Recording and attentiveness

Children love to hear and watch themselves on any recording device that they can get a hold of and I am sure your kids are no different. This is a fantastic way to help them refine their style, abilities and creates a healthy self-awareness that some children find hard to build.