If a toddler seems happy when she plays music, does it mean that in the future she will be musician? Of course, it is not that simple. Becoming musician takes longer time and hard effort to realize it. But it is not wrong if you give attention to her interest in music because there are many benefits that child can get from this activity.
Child can get the experience in playing music not only by singing but also by listening music, playing, moving, and creating something using music element such as: rhythm, tone, harmony.
The Benefit of Music
Howard Gardner in Multiple Intelligence wrote that every child has a different intelligence and will use it personally. Child who has music intelligence prefers to study with activity that contains music element. Whereas Don Campbell in the Mozart Effect for Children: Awakening Your Child’s Mind, Health and Creativity with Music, said that music is a perfect tool to improve the language capability, agility, and emotional skill at children when they are at home, school, or when they play.
A song can be the tool to develop language capability at child. The vocabulary that child has indirectly will increase when she can sing a song. The more songs she comprehends, the more vocabularies she has. With a song, she will know alphabet, celestial object, flowers, plants, fruits, animals, and etc.
The cheer rhythm will stimulate child to move dynamically. Following music while clapping hands, stamping feet, shaking hands or bowing body indirectly teach child a pattern. In contrast, the soft music will stimulate child to move softly following the rhythm.
If you see your kid likes to hit the tables or pan, should you register her to the drum class? Almost all music courses don’t accept toddler for certain classes except for the outstanding child. Class which is opened for the toddler is class for the introduction of music instrument. In this class, child will be given an opportunity to try any music instruments and feel the experience of playing music. Child will be introduced any kind of music instruments and their sounds. They will learn the rhythm, sing, dance, play music in a group by using the rhythmic music instruments such as: maracas, triangle, castanet, and others. The toddler music class is not for creating an outstanding musician but for giving the orientation and the music experience. Her interest in music has not been permanent so let her tries any kind of music instruments and explore them.
Music Concert at Home
You don’t need to feel sad if your child doesn’t take music course. You can create home concert music for her with the simple music instruments:
- The pan cover.
- The empty galloon.
- A plastic bottle which is filled with the seeds (mung bean, hulled rice, soya bean, etc).
- Cake can.
- Syrup or soy sauce bottle which is made from glass.
- The cover bottle of soft drink. You can use it as rhythmic instrument.
- Don’t forget for chopsticks, spoon, pencil, etc for beating the things.