You may of happened upon the viral you-tube video this week of the crying baby who wouldn't stop fussing until they heard a certain country music song. While adorable, it also tells us that even young babies use music to soothe. When I was pregnant I often played music for my baby bump(s) and sure enough once they were born, they found comfort in hearing that same music.
Expression Through Music
I started my children at a pre-school age with various musical activities. We've run the whole gamete, over time - dance, singing lessons, keyboard lessons, group music classes, and guitar lessons. I think each type of lesson has helped shape them into well rounded individuals and given them the basis for a love (or music) and talent, that they can fall back upon, their entire lives. Music helps young children, right through to adulthood to express themselves in a positive way.
Whether your little one is a musical prodigy or simply enjoys singing along with the radio, music has many benefits for children. From reducing stress, to encouraging us to stay active, to working a new area of our brains, music is a great addition to any child’s life. Below you will find a few tips on how you can encourage your little one to express themselves through music.
- Don’t Follow Directions Encourage your daughter to break the rules once in a while by singing or playing a musical instrument however she pleases. This will give her the opportunity to fully express herself and have fun while doing it!
- Try Making Music Together Music will unlock your feelings, creativity and open the lines of communication. Initiate this with a fun music video singalong in your living room or having a fun family jam session. You never know, you may find that you’re a better singer than you thought!
- Bust a Move Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!
Barbie: Celebrating Self Expression Through Music
In this upbeat musical, Barbie™ stars as Princess Courtney, a modern-day princess whose world is flipped upside down when she switches places with Erika, a famous rock star. The two very different worlds collide when a mistake sends Princess Courtney to Camp Pop and Erika to Camp Royalty. While Princess Courtney and Erika learn to adapt to their different camps, they must come together when they find out both camps are at risk of shutting down. Through this process, they find their true voices, and come together for an epic sing-off that shows anything is possible!
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