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As parents, we strive to help our children grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Times are changing faster than ever, and parents are working harder to make ends meet. With constant introduction to new technology, as individuals and as a family, we have more choices than we've ever had before. So how do we stay focused and ensure we give our children the best upbringing possible? In this series we will share some tips we have found that help children develop a positive self image, and encourage success in the classroom.



#7:  Give 'Em a Little Rock 'n' Roll

 

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Image by Melanie Lauren, via Flickr


What music are your kids listening to these days? We're music junkies around here, and always love hearing about new artists! Can your children identify different genres of music (i.e. Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Rap, Country)? Can they sing the words to a few popular songs, or comment on the instruments being played in a particular piece? Do they know the names of different iconic artists, like "The Beatles" "Led Zeppelin" "U2" (or insert your favorite artist here!) My point is, though they are amazingly talented, "The Jonas Brothers", "Justin Bieber" and "Hannah Montana" don't really count as a musical education for kids.


Learning to value good music at an early age is important to a child's development. Plato once said that music “is a more potent instrument than any other for education”. Music uses both sides of the brain, and affects the growth of a child’s brain academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Encouraging a child to begin playing an instrument is a wonderful opportunity to provide for them. It teaches self-discipline, perseverance, dexterity, literacy, and develops their auditory skills. Listening to a wide variety of music is also very important. Jam out to some Beatles tunes, get funky with "Beat It" by Michael Jackson, groove to some Herbie Hancock jazz, or relax with a little Chopin.... the possibilities are endless!



What's your family's favorite song? Do you have any great stories about your children playing instruments?

Stay tuned for tip #8 tomorrow!

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