Reblog: The Best Ways To Help Your Young Child Experience Music At Home
Have you ever gotten inquiries for very young piano students? Perhaps an age that’s younger than you’re comfortable teaching? My personal preference is 6-7 as a young beginner, although I’ve started lessons with “mature” 5 year olds before.
When parents inquire about lessons for a student who is too young for my studio, I often refer them to other teachers who specialize in preschoolers or pre-K music classes. (I’m lucky to have some pretty great teachers in my area!)
After reading Megan’s 2 part blog series about helping young children experience music at home, now I have all kinds of suggestions to give parents with those really young students! Check it out:
From Pianissimo: A Very Piano Blog
“As exhausting as it is for parents, it is a young child’s job to move! For the first couple of years, many big milestones for children revolve around moving and coordination – rolling, crawling, walking, clapping, and grasping, to name a few.
When you approach your child’s movement with that understanding, the constant motion becomes a bit more tolerable.
Embrace every chance to move. Move like an animal – hop like a kangaroo, waddle like a penguin, run like a gazelle, flap your arms like a bird.
If you hear graceful, elegant music encourage movements like gliding or swaying. Show them how to make their arms float like butterfly wings.”
Desmarais, Megan. “The Best Ways To Help Your Young Child Experience Music At Home, Part 2”. Pianissimo: A Very Piano Blog. N.p., 2017. Web. 23 Jan. 2017.