Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Sing, Sing, Sing
When I was a music teacher, I would often have some loving parent of a 1st grader say to me, "Oh Johnny is just FABULOUS on the drums. Can I sign him up for lessons with you for the band program?" Or "My little 5 year old Jenny plays the recorder around the house all the time. I think she's ready for flute. Can she be in the band program?"
I was super excited that these parents noticed interests and possible talents in their children. I am glad that we encourage our kiddos to know and love instruments. But, what I always said to these well-meaning parents who wanted their kids to jump into something a little too early was this: Get them SINGING. If you want your kid to be a good musician, get them to sing. Do it now - while they are young.
Sing in the car. Sing in the bath. Sing while setting the table. Sing, Sing!!!!
Instruments are great in time... but instrument + a child who has already developed an ear for melody = priceless.
You may say, "Well that's fine for you - you're a music nerd, you can sing! I can NOT sing."
Your tot does not need you to belt out