One of the most important things we can do to help our children learn how to carry a tune is to carry one ourselves! Which leads me to my question of the day...
Are you singing?
Is happiness, grief, and anything in between coming out of you in song throughout the day?
When was the last time you walked around the house singing some tune that was in your head? When did you feel so inspired and content that your heart led you to a song?
Hopefully, it wasn't that long ago.
Kids hear that, you know... and it does them a lot of good.
As stated before, I think that singing is the most important part of training a child to know and understand music - hearing melody in fast and slow, high and low tones does wonders for opening up their musical mind. And then pair all that with a strong emotion. Powerful stuff.
Do you ever hear your child singing by themselves somewhere in the home and think, "that's so wonderful. I love to hear him/her sing..." Well, they think the same thing about you!
So, again, when was the last time you sang as you went about your daily tasks? Or as you were driving in the car? Or as you were working outside?
Are you singing in front of your kids? Are you teaching them the tunes you loved as a child?
You don't even need to have a "music" slot in your day - just let the happiness, sadness, contentment, weariness, joy - whatever in your heart come out in song throughout the day. Sing like no one is listening... but I bet you someone is. And they love to hear it.
Beautiful music... can calm the agitations of the soul.
It is one of the most magnificent and delightful gifts God gas given.