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Friday, November 18, 2016

Musical Instruments That You Can Introduce to Your Kids at a Very Early Age


MUSIC… Oh… What will the world be without music?!
Music gives happiness to the soul, it heals a broken heart, it reminds us of our loved ones, it takes us to a completely different dimension, it’s our partner against boredom! Life is just incompletely without music, isn’t it?


Everybody loves music, specially here in the Philippines where most people are into music. I know! Videoke everywhere! lol. There are so many things that music can do, not just for adults but also for infants, toddlers and kids – it’s for everyone!  

Here’s a few of the many benefits that our children can get out of music:

1. Helps them socially and builds confidence.
Music can help children improve on their social skill, specially when they are introduced to a group of little musicians. It helps them be able to connect with other through music. Learning to play musical instruments also builds confidence to our little starters.

2. Boosts memory.
For the past few weeks now, Nate is in love with Barney and Friends. There’s one episode that he keeps watching again and again and now, he memorized all the songs already (I don't mean the lyrics though, of course, lol)! Not just the songs but also some the actors’ dialogues! That’s how cool music is when it comes to helping boost memory. I can personally attest to this! What I can easily memorize are the song lyrics, it easily registers in my mind! That’s even easier to memorize than poems!

3. Music Aids in Relaxation.
What do we use when we’re stressed, bored, unhappy, or when we’re missing someone? What do we do when we just need a short pause? One of the things that we do to relax is listening to music. The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool. Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. (source)


Do you have a little music lover? Nurture that gift! Who knows your toddler could be the next Ryan Cayabyab, or the next Mozart, or the next Handel! What musical instruments can we introduce to our kids at a very early age? Actually, there are a lot… and here’s to name a few: 

1. Instruments they can shake
If we like to introduce in instrument, it's best that we keep it simple. Even at an early age, our kids love musical instruments that they can shake. Most common are drums, cymbals, xylophones and even shakers. Nate loves to play with drums when we're in the church. There's this one church that I know - their drummer during worship service is a kid! That's because he's introduced to drums at a very early. 

2. Wind Instruments
You might also want to introduce wind instruments that are easy for your toddlers to play with just like harmonica, recorders, horns and more. When we were young, our mother bought harmonica and we love it! It's easy to use, even little kids can learn it easily. Unfortunately for me, I didn't get to really love playing it so I didn't bother, haha. 

3. String Instruments
There are also many string instruments that you can introduce early to your child. Some of them are banjos, violins, ukelele, and small guitars. Ukelele I think is the nicest for me. I personally think that we should wait a bit later to introduce them to violins, specially if you're like me who doesn't know how play violins. lol.

For string instruments, I think it's best to use those with nylons so that our toddlers aren't harmed by the strings. Last year I got Nate a guitalele (I didn't even know that instrument name exists, lol), it's a smaller guitar that's using nylon. It's a bit big for Nate but he's able to hold it and play with it sometimes. It's cheap, so, that's good, just in case it gets destroyed by the little one. :D Then later on, when he's older and becomes in love with guitars, then we can buy him something like gibson les paul supreme (but that one's super pricey, maybe just a cheaper but durable one). For now, since we're just checking which instruments he like, the guitalele would do. 

For me, perfection isn't the goal when introducing musical instruments to our young ones, what's more important is that we're there to guide them in every steps and that they enjoy the things that they do. We can't impose something to them just because we want it for them. We need to be able to determine what they want, what they love and help them improve on that even more. 

Is your child into music or musical instruments? 
What are the musical instruments that you introduce to him/her? 
How did you nurture your child's gift of music? 

I'd love to hear from you. 

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16 comments:

  1. Our family has no gift in music. How I wish I have singing voice, for sure panay videoke ko rin. hehehe! Wala rin nagplay ng instruments, pero I think yung guitar pwede naman aralin.

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    1. Ayos lang yan sis! Sabi nga nila, kanya2 daw gifts and skills.

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    2. True, we have our own gifts, talents and skills. Until now, dinisdiscover ko pa kung ano ba talaga talent ko, sobrang hidden. hehehe! Chinecheck ko din kung san ok anak ko kaya pinapatry ko din halos lahat.

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  2. My mum and dad were both good singers. Even my other relatives. Music has been a staple in our household. We love to sing a lot in gatherings. Music is a good way of expressing your feelings and thoughts through the lyrics and melody. It's a great therapy too.

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    1. Wow! That's nice to hear sis! And yes, really a great stress reliever!

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  3. My son loves to sing. Binilhan ko syang piano 4 years ago per hindi pa sya nakapagpiano lesson. Wala kasi malapit dito sa amin e. But I plan to buy him a guitar naman. Feeling ko mas matutunan sya kahit sa bahay lang hehe.

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    1. I'm sure matututo yan si Matt, sis! Ang cute pa naman nun kumanta nung competition, hehe.

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  4. Playing instruments can help develop many skills in a child. From fine to gross motor skills, plus the coordinAtion of the hand and other body parts and brain. :)
    My son is starting guitar lessons. :)

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    1. That's true and wonderful to hear! In time, I'd like for my son to also learn guitar just like me and hubby. :)

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  5. I was "forced" into learning to play an instrument while I was young and today I wonder why I had to be as it helped me a lot.

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    1. I'm happy you still learned even though you were forced. I hope I was and I would've known how to play piano. :(

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  6. My husband and I are very intentional when it comes to introducing music as a whole to our children, being professional musicians that we are. We make sure that instruments are available in our home and the very first thing we teach them is how to take care of these instruments. We do let them play with them, but there's no banging on the keyboard or pulling out strings on the guitar haha. We started teaching our eldest to play the guitar last year and our second child, the keyboard. :)

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    1. And then when the time comes, the entire family can create a band! :) Music is going to be your way to bond. :)

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  7. It's the first time that I've known about guitalele! :D My husband and I are not musically-inclined couple. We don't play any instruments. But I'd like my son and her sibling-to-be, to learn to play the piano. Haha! So I will invest on it in the future. But for now, I have to find a guitalele and see how my first born will react on it. Haha

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    1. Piano is a really nice instrument sis, push mo 'yan. :) Haha. yes, have him try it, it's cute! lol.

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  8. My boys love Music. Perhaps theybe been accustomed to it when they were still inside their mom's tummy. I used to play classical music and even sing to them. My second son is into guitar and I lovr to listen his play. He is also into piano same with his kuya. Our little boy would love to play the piano too though there arent no melody. Ehehe.

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