Book Title: “Your Musical Child: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps”
Author: Jessica Baron Turner
I had this book in my collection for quite a while, but only read some of it now and then. As my belief in improving my students’ early years of piano training becomes stronger, I find there is a great need for me to understand more about the different learning modes of children and better ways to educate them in their musical journey. Therefore, I picked up this book once again, read it seriously, and found it quite an excellent read. Here I would like to share with you some of the great ideas I found that would be helpful to you as parents and me as teacher.
Many of you have doubts about how to help with your children’s musical learning. I would like to answer that with a quote, the very first paragraph of the book’s first chapter:
“As a parent, whether you have musical training or not, you can nurture your child’s musical development by getting and staying involved. Your participation matters a great deal…This active participation should make a tremendous difference to your children.” (Chapter 1, page 1)
I strongly believe in this idea as well. In fact, I have stressed this many times to my students’ parents: be there for your children. For sure parents with musical training would have advantage in helping their children, but that does not mean parents who have no experience with playing any instruments can only stand aside and watch their children’s learning and practice. For one thing: Do you enjoy music? You can always sit there just to listen to your children’s practice. You can even ask your children to perform a piece for the whole family and when friends come over. You can listen to music together, whether be at home or go to a concert. You can watch movies together like musicals and those about composers or musicians. Better still, you can sing songs and play musical games together. Choices are many and plentiful.
Children needs their parents’ concern, appreciation, and best of all, involvement in their music training process. Parents need to show that they do care about how their children are doing during practice. Let’s face it: who would want to do anything that no one cares? While you care about your children’s academic progress, why would you not be concerned about their musical achievement? When you show that you believe in the importance of your children’s music education, your children will do the same too.
Start getting involved with positivity, love and care and you will find tremendous difference.