You’re in the kitchen cooking spaghetti for dinner with your little one coloring at the table nearby. You’re both chatting away as the radio plays softly in the background. One song ends and fades into the next, which happens to be your recent favorite.
Down goes your spaghetti-stirring spoon and up goes the volume on the radio as you pull your child to his or her feet. It’s time to dance.
Everyone appreciates the bonding time that music can bring. The benefits of music for you and your children are enormous—from the joy of dancing around the kitchen, to the peacefulness of a melody that helps concentration, to a favorite song on the radio that kick-starts a karaoke session in the car.
Not only can music build happy memories, but also it helps children learn and grow—both intellectually and socially.
“Children who become involved in [music] learn important life skills, such as how to relate to others, how to work as a team and appreciate the rewards that come from working together, and the development of leadership skills and discipline,” said Maestro Eduardo Marturet, conductor, composer, and music director of the Miami Symphony Orchestra.
The key is making sure your child has tools to spark musical creativity. One idea is to create a backyard music wall, along with six more suggestions, below.
Download a Kid-Friendly Music App
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