Part 1 – Music Lesson and Children. Are you thinking through it?

For Age group 2 to 5 (early learning)

 

 

Are some kids born with great abilities in music and the rest without it?

Have you heard people saying that some kids are born with the innate quality to perform music and some are not. As a music teacher working with kids and as a performer, I beg to differ at this point of view. Let me explain this to you.

 

Example 1

Imagine a clean White-board which has nothing written on it but kept aside for years unused, what do you think happens to it? Your right!! it would be dusty and cannot be used unless we clean the board and get rid of the dust.

white board

Example 2

Think of a White-board which has too many things written on it for many many years without rubbing what you wrote on it. Can this White Board be used? You are right!! This cannot be used too.

 

What’s the point i’m trying to make?

Children are Born with a neutral ability to sing and perform music which can be seen as a WhiteBoard. As in the first example, anything that is unused can become rusty and later, when we try to use it just because we see others are using it, Makes the whole thing too complicated and we are at times too quick to give up and say I can never sing or play music. Okay, now coming to the second example – There are some others who have tried sincerely to learn music but have failed many times and these failures to learn or to perform as they are growing up, creates→ marks on the White-board and it stays there not wiped for years and years and these people give up too.

 

What do i believe?

I believe that a good teacher or a mentor who can work with the person (may be 3 years old or 30 years old) can take them through a process which could be well guided thru the expertise of the teacher blended well with innate ability in the student through lessons which challenge but also at the same time revealing or discovering the sync the student has with the MUSIC itself.

 

So how does this Equation look like?

Music and Child

AURAL LEARNING

  • Ability to hear and to hear rightly is the 90% of music learning. Here,students are taught music by making them hear various styles of music followed by simple exercises to do.


RECOGNISE SHAPES & PATTERNS IN MUSIC

  • Children are born with innate ability to recognise patterns may it be shapes or designs. They start recognising patterns in music and over time they become familiar with it.

REPETITION

  •  Imagine an adult doing an activity for more than once if there is noting to benefit from they stop doing it but not so with the children. Children love to repeat the same actions. This wanting to repeat in the child needs to be mixed with some interesting lesson activity from a teacher


MUSICAL IMPRESSION  ON EMOTION

  • Imagine you making an impression of your hand  on some clay, you’ll see the clay taking the shape. The same way Music creates impressions on our emotions, giving it a correlation to a feeling (Happy, sad, bright, melon ) when the music is played.

 

What Next?

—– Look into the PART 2 and PART 3——-

Im sure you recognise the importance of the points spoken above. I’ll want you to comment on what you think of this article with some information about your child and I’ll reply you with a a lesson plan/regime to move forward with. Thanks for your time.

 

Keep singing 🙂
Joel E.Dave

 

 

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One thought on “Part 1 – Music Lesson and Children. Are you thinking through it?

  1. Lata Kedia

    Hello Joel,
    It was great to read your thoughts on the importance of exposure to music for young children.

    For me, I believe that those of us who are sensitive to art and creativity (music, visual arts, dance) have a greater range of expressions and grow up to be sharper. My son is only two years old right now but children are exposed to music from the time they are in the womb and I have seen him reacting to songs now, that I used to listen to or sing when I was expecting him. Perhaps ‘how to play an instrument’ lessons are a little further away as of now, but I would really want to start ‘Music Appreciation’ classes for him for this reason. Also, I believe that exposure to music and the understanding of it, helps in language development later on. It also brings about a sense of passion, dedication and discipline. All in all, music education can be a magical experience for children.

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