As a music teacher I have been thinking of lots of different ways to influence and inspire adults to include music education in their children’s lives. I mean children naturally love music, but as those children grow into adults the participation rate declines, and adults are more self conscious about singing or the realisation of learning an instrument is actually hard work deters them from learning!
Eventually they don’t include music in their lives, which would be fine but these people have children and then these children don’t get the richness of a musical childhood/life. I know, I know I’m making it sound very dire but there is research that supports singing to children improves their ability to sing in tune and this has to be done in the first 7 years of their life! So there is only a small window of opportunity to increase children’s musicality to its full potential. Not to say you can’t be musical if you start later in life but your ability to sing in tune is hindered. OMG! now you see why I’m freaking out.
So as a music teacher what do I do to encourage parents and adults in general to include music in their children’s lives. Well the most obvious solution is to run dynamic engaging music classes that encourage parents to bring there children every week!
In this day and age lots of children attend Childcare centres, so I took the route of engaging the children through the centre and delivering an awesome music program, which has been an effective way to teach children. But if you know children, they keep the details of their day pretty secret from Mum and Dad, so it hasn’t ticked the criteria of influencing and inspiring parents for a music education.
So my next solution was to write a children’s story which parents could read to their children but sneakily include a music education within. Everyone loves books. I love books, so do my children. My little tale “Melody Goes To The Spring Fair” encourages the parent and child to clap and tap their way through the story, and to make it all about children, my 8 year old daughter illustrated the book too.
As I’m writing this, there is a news report on the ABC news which is talking about how music is helping troubled homeless children and giving these children direction and is a light at the end of the tunnel for them.
The power of music is in our hands to pass on to children. Why is music so important? well that is probably a question for another Blog post because it deserves all the attention it can receive.
If you would like a listen to my story you can hear it here: Melody Goes To The Spring Fair Book Reading