How to Cultivate Musicality In Our Homes
You wake up each morning, and listen to Beethoven as you’re doing the breakfast dishes.
The lunchtime routine brings a little bit of The Beach Boys, and maybe some Guns ’n Roses for a little extra flavor.
Little Shop of Horrors is playing in the background as your kids play outside in the afternoon.
Ah Nee Mah is adding some peace to the nighttime routine of cleaning up before bed.
You sing them a lullaby from The Barenaked Ladies (When You Dream) as you put them to sleep.
This is a normal day in my household. Does your day sound like this? If it does, you are giving your kids an amazing opportunity to cultivate musicality in the home! And if this sounds nothing like your day, it can be! And here’s why it SHOULD be:
Musicality can be a gift, or an innate talent, but more often than not it is something that is cultivated through time and exposure.
As dancers, musical and theater performers, and musicians, our kids at Starlight are in a unique position to learn about musicality in a non-competitive, loving environment, and that experience can be compounded by listening to music in the home.
WHAT IS MUSICALITY?
According to this article, musicality is:
- The ability to remember musical experiences.
- The ability to listen globally.
- The desire to search out what is important in a musical piece.
- The ability and desire to keep the music alive.
- The ability to feel what counts.
- The ability to delight and enjoy in the listening, performing and composing of music.
These are the goals that every artists strives for, and we firmly believe that each child we teach can fall in love with the arts even more as they increase their skills in these areas.
WHAT DOES LISTENING TO MUSIC DO FOR MY CHILD?
Incorporating music into daily life has more benefits than you would imagine!
MUSIC HELPS INCREASE SOCIAL CONFIDENCE. Kids who listen to music feel more comfortable with self-expression and are more empathetic.
MUSIC BUILDS INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY AND DEVELOPS CRITICAL THINKING. What instruments did they use to make that song? What makes some songs sound sad and some songs sound happy? Listening to the complex and varying sounds and lyrics allows students the opportunity to “wonder”.
MUSIC ALLOWS CHILDREN TO BUILD DEVELOPMENTAL SKILLS. Listening to music can strengthen memory skills, and dancing to music allows children to increase their motor skills while also working on self expression.
A STRONG MUSICAL BACKGROUND CAN IMPROVE WELL-ROUNDEDNESS IN YOUR CHILD. Music can improve all areas of child development and school readiness; intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. Music helps the body and mind work together.
Ok parents…we can’t WAIT to hear how you listen to music!! Please share your favorite tips and tricks, playlists, and tell us how you see the changes as you incorporate more wonderful music into your homes!