Music with small children: simple strategies for parents and caregivers

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Music, Rhymes and Fingerplays: Follow the child’s lead; be gentle, especially with infants, and respectful of all. If he doesn’t like bouncing, tickling, clapping or moving limbs, then stop. With infants, begin “wiggle songs” on the toes, and later add the fingers. Eventually, the child will manipulate your fingers! Let children pace the music. Sing higher rather than lower, slower rather than faster. Go ahead and encourage them to clap, do hand motions, and then …

Motivating children towards music

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This blog post was first published on Educational Cyberplayground. How to motivate kids to take music lessons. When Janie Huck asked me to talk about how to motivate kids to take music lessons, I was intrigued.  I’ve always focussed on WHY music education, and all the arts, are BASIC education. Over and above the obvious: the act of creating something of beauty, food for the soul, self esteem and self confidence in accomplishment, community building, …

Why Music?

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“A village without music is a dead place” —- Nigerian saying I was inspired by all the parents of young children who brought their little ones to the library this morning, eager to expose them to music activities and play. Music is such a natural and powerful connection with children; It exercises the brain. It teaches language. And most importantly, it fosters emotional bonds between parent or caregiver and child, as they interact and have …