I recently had the pleasure of engaging with accomplished children’s songwriter Ellie Greenburg, CEO of premier children music and movement centre, ABC Do-Re-ME! Based out of NYC, little ones have the opportunity to attend flexible classes wherein they interact, sing, dance and play with each other; exploring with a wide array of instruments all while being exposed to an eclectic range of music.
So when Ellie agreed to share her tips with the Babble readers on how to instil a passion for music into their children, I was stoked. I’ve shared in my love of music here before and often cover music themed activity and craft ideas for kids. It only seemed natural that the next music related article I shared with you all came with some tips from an expert!
*All quotes and images courtesy Ellie Greenburg of ABC Do-Re-ME!
Click through to discover these 10 tips for turning your toddlers onto music!
Introduce & Inspire Them! 1 of 11
Click through for Ellie's tips for instilling a passion for music in your child.
Turn up the jams 2 of 11
"Play their favourite music, but add some other genres as well. Repetition is very important with babies, infants and especially toddlers. This is how they learn. By hearing the same music, they remember that song information for a long period of time. You should encourage music repetition and play your child's 'favourite music' every day. You will start seeing your child's reaction to her favourite music after several days of repetition, she will smile, clap and even sing. You will laugh when your child starts singing along in the car while listening to Gangnam Style (for example), because he/she recognizes the song."
Get your groove on 3 of 11
"Dance with them, jump around. When your child sees that you are enjoying the music they will too! By dancing and jumping to music, you demonstrate to your child that music is exciting and fun. They will always remember that and you will notice your child dancing by himself while listening to music."
Mix it up 4 of 11
"Make sure to expose your children to different styles of music. Research shows that your favourite style of music is the one that you were the most exposed to growing up. If your parents listened to the Beatles constantly, there is a good chance you are a Beatles fan - same with classical music or any other style. By adding and combining different genres of music like classical, rock, pop etc., your baby will learn to appreciate and enjoy all styles of music not just as a baby but as a grown up as well."
When it comes to teaching your child an instrument… 5 of 11
"Don't start too early. The best age for a child to start playing an instrument is about 6 years old. If a child starts too young, they might not appreciate it and look at it as a chore. Wait until they are older or express interest in playing an instrument."
Ask them 6 of 11
"Ask your child if he's interested in playing an instrument and see if they have any interest in a particular instrument. Kids will be more excited to learn an instrument that they have chosen."
Experimentation 7 of 11
"Allow your children to experiment with different instruments. Don't go buy a grand piano because your 4 year old decided she wants to play piano. Buy a small affordable keyboard and let her play with it and explore it."
Stay calm 8 of 11
"It is normal for a child to decide they don't want to play an instrument or that they want to stop playing. Be patient and try to find out why your child is not interested in playing."
Don’t push 9 of 11
"The fact that you love piano or violin or you always wanted your child to play a certain instrument, doesn't mean your child will. No matter what don't force your child! By forcing him, you will make him resent the instrument. You can suggest taking a break or maybe trying another instrument."
Be a cheerleader 10 of 11
"Parents should continue to support their children's musical education at home by being their child's number one fan and encouraging them to preform what they learned at class. Even if you know your child is not a musical prodigy and will never be Yo-Yo Ma, he still needs to feel like he is the best musician on the planet. Dance, clap and cheer him up while he's playing. Encourage him to practice more, do pretend recitals and invite his friends to watch or use the toys as an audience. By doing so, your child will continue to play and improve and the most importantly - enjoy music."
It’s never too late 11 of 11
"Another way to encourage your child to play an instrument is to learn it yourself. By taking lessons together, you are getting quality time together and setting an example for your child. It might become something that you get to share with your child for years down the line."
Ellie Greenberg has loved music since she started playing the piano when she was six years old. With a passion for music, Ellie went on to become a musician before getting her law degree. After the birth of her daughter, Ellie realized she wanted to pass on her love of music to her children but struggled to find music classes that worked with her hectic schedule. Fed up with inflexible music classes, Ellie developed ABC Do-Re-ME! in 2009. ABC Do-Re-ME!’s fun and interactive approach to music quickly became the program of choice for parents in NYC. ABC Do-Re-ME! now has 13 locations in NYC and is beginning to franchise in cities across the U.S. Lucky NYC!
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