Emily has been a very musical baby from day one, anything that she can bang, or shake makes her happy. Her favourite thing to do is play with her xylophone, or sing. Their really is no stopping her. When Emily gets older I really want her to play a instrument, it is something I always wanted to do, and I know that she will really enjoy it. She currently enjoys her music lessons, so I'm sure that it will make her just as happy to play a instrument, when she is old enough. It doesn't surprise me that Emily is musical, even though I am a terrible singer I love singing in the shower, and Sam plays the drums, so I guess she gets it from us!
Finding the right instrument for a child can be difficult. The first thing to take into consideration is age, Emily is under six and doesn't have the concentration she needs so far. Piano and violin are the most popular instruments for children under six becaause they help build a foundation for your child to choose a different instrument at a later age, if she wants to of course.
The violin would be a smart choice for Emily, because you can get a instrument manufactured in smaller sizes, making it easy for younger children to handle. Although a guitars are available in smaller sizes too. I do still think that Emily will enjoy a violin, the instrument transmits a lot of vibration to the chin and shoulder, so a child who likes dancing will enjoy playing the violin. Progress on a string instrument can be slow in the early days, it will require a lot of patients for us, aswell as Emily, and we will have to help her practice at home. When the time comes we will probably buy a instrument from Caswell's strings, as they have a great deal of information on their website.
Their are many benefits to Emily learning to play a musical instrument and I thought I would share with you a few of the ones that appeal to me.
- It helps to develop physical skills, certain instruments such as percussion help children develop coordination and motor skills. Enhancing coordination and perfect timing can prepare children for other hobbies such as dance and sports.
- Learning instruments teaches children about delayed gratification. Most instruments, like the violin have a steep learning curve. You must learn how to hold to violin, the bow, and where to place your feet before you can even make a sound using the instrument. It teaches a child discipline and patience.
- It improves children's social skills, group classes require a peer interaction and communication, this encourages teamwork. These are skills that will be really useful to Emily as she grows.
What instrument would you like your child to learn?
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