Hear Music, Play Music, Read Music
I was reading this article on Psychology Today about whether music is a universal language or not.
Here is the checklist I found at the National Institute of Health. You can compare your young child’s development with the typical progression of skills.
Music is a language in the sense that it helps convey emotions by changing pitch, rhythm, and tempo. Like any language, it can be learned by hearing and experiencing before it is read or written.
Piano lessons often get this progression backward. We, teachers, tend to gravitate toward reading music, using books.
Here is the episode I mentioned, Episode 075: Piano Doodling.
Tips for Supplementing Hearing and Playing Music
Listen to music in the car
Sing in the car
Sing at church and have your child involved in the church children’s choir
Attend school musicals and concerts
Watch these fun YouTube videos from Episode 040
Give your piano kid time to babble or doodle at the piano
The saying “See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil” has been popular in my family. Here is a silly picture that was taken with my father and Tracy when we visited the Ice sculptures at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas a few years ago.
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