My children are moved by music, they always have been. From the time Sydney was a month old she was a “spirited child” who wasn’t easily soothed. I would fight to try to calm her; using soothers, swaddling, rocking and finally…songs. It was the sound of music which got through to her when nothing else would. Today she is 11 years old and VERY much her own person and still is rooted in music.
My girls have both been actived in the muscial arts; singing lessons, theatre, ukelale and most recently guitar. They really enjoy their lessons and finding their own sense of style through music.
Encourage Kids Through Music
As parents we can encourage our children to find themselves through music, here are some ideas to do that:
Don’t Follow Directions.
You read that right! Many parents encourage their little ones in music through structured music lessons. But for many kids, music lessons can be stressful and monotonous. While following directions and reading music is important for any musician, finding your own beat is just as vital. 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 is a fun way to empower and express yourself. Making music with your little ones allows you to communicate with each other in a way that words cannot. 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.
It’s challenging to listen to music without moving to the rhythm! To help get your little ones moving and expressing themselves, try playing a variety of musical styles to inspire them. Dance along with them and encourage them to try new things too. You’ll be surprised where it takes you!
Remember that no matter how your little ones chooses to express themselves through music, we all approach music and the arts from a place of creative self-expression that should be encouraged. When we reinforce that there’s no right way, we can all have fun!
Barbie™ Rock ‘N Royals
In September, Barbie™ will be encouraging little ones to embrace their inner rock star with the launch of the Barbie™ Rock n’ Royals DVD!
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!
Barbie™: Celebrating Self Expression Through Music
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Belinda McNabb says
Depending on the music listened to it can make your remember good times from the past or pick you up when you feel down
We sing songs together!
We have removed any music from our collection that is a bit to old for our son and encourage him to pick a CD, or vinyl and give it a listen. when he hears a song out he likes we figure out what it is and get him into it. If he sings, hums, dances whatever makes his soul happy.
Music encourages me, especially praise music to God.
Lori b says
There is something about music that gets you moving. I like it while baking or doing housework
Florence C says
I put music on while cleaning and cooking. I give the grandchildren Itune cards to download their favorites.
kathy downey says
Being Newfoundlanders we grew up with music playing in our home daily.I always encouraged my kids to listen and enjoy different kinds of music.
Jeanna Ladouceur says
Music effects me all the time, it can put me in a better mood when I’m sad or upset or it can bring me back to old memories too. music is something that I’ll always love :)
Erin W says
My daughter loves music and will be starting violin lessons this Fall!
I’ve always encouraged my children (and now my little granddaughter) to play music, sing, dance. They’ve always had access to multiple musical instruments, and both my boys play guitar, bass and drums.
Heidi C. says
I am a huge music aficionado and my girls have definitely inherited that trait. I guess it started in the womb!
Deanna King says
I always sing and make up funny lyrics to songs :)
caryn s says
I love to play music to match my mood! I find something so soothing when it comes to music!
I find that music is very soothing.
caryn s says
I love music and listen to different varieties depending on my mood!
Anita M. says
Music can lift my mood and inspire me in many ways. Gives me get up and go when I need it, makes me smile when I am singing in the car with my grand daughters, invokes a memory from another time. It can also relax me and fill me with peace.
Judy Cowan says
Listening to music always makes me happy and gets my day going. I encourage my nieces and nephews to sing, dance and listen to music that they like.
Debbie W says
Music is expressive. I am able to loose myself into a good tune. Helps me check out of reality from time to time.
Stephanie LaPlante says
Music fills me with energy and positivity.
Lee-Ann S says
We let Miss R lead whenever she is doing something musical and try hard to keep her interested in her assorted instruments.
Bailey Dexter says
When my grandkids are here there is always music on for them to dance. LOL This Nana is always getting lessons on how to be dance cool!
my daughter loves to sing and dance
Elizabeth Matthiesen says
I’m afraid that I am completely unmusical, which I’ve always regretted but that’s just how it is. My grandchildren on the other hand love their music and are constantly singing songs they’ve heard or dancing around to music. The radio is constantly on when their mother is home, so that probably helps too.
Julie Bolduc says
We always sing in the car the kids love it.
We sing and dance together.
Juliee Fitze says
I like to try on the tunes when we are cleaning and dance and clean at the same time.