Music is a cultural activity and enjoyable art form, but it can be hard to explain to someone who doesn’t understand it. And some kids just don’t gravitate toward it. So how do you raise a child to love music — and is it even important?
To answer the second question first — yes — music is important to a child’s development. Teaching your child about songs and composition can help with:
- Physical skill development (e.g., motor skills and coordination)
- Academic skill development (math and musical composition are closely related)
- Improvement of self-esteem
- Social skill cultivation
- Development of patience and discipline
Learning about and creating music is more than an enjoyable pastime. It can actually help your child gain greater focus and understanding of the world around him. So while you may not be able to raise a child to love music, it should definitely be a part of their life.
Here are five easy ways to make it happen.