How can you encourage music skills and appreciation in little kids?
May 21, 2010 9:56 AM Subscribe
How do you encourage the development of musical skills in a 3 or 4 year old?
posted by Quizicalcoatl to Education (19 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the thing: my 6 year old has always loved looking at pictures and coloring and drawing and so it has been easy to facilitate her in her artistic development.
My 3 year old son loves listening to music of any kind. He just loves it. So what is the corresponding activity for him to pursue? I don't want to sign him up for formal lessons or anything (he's only 3 for goodness' sake! I'm not trying to make him a famous composer). I just want to give him the tools to explore something that he clearly loves and I don't know what those tools might include.
So far, I've come up with:
1) let him listen to music of all kinds as much as he wants
2) let him play with cheap toy instruments
The problem with 2) is, why would you settle for plinking around with a ukelele you can't play when there's real music available?