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Family Music: Kids Learn Music Best in a Family Setting

Updated on July 26, 2017

Music Helps with Family Bonding

Nothing quite beats music for bringing people together and creating memories. When families make music together, they are connecting on a deep level. Singing and movement release our emotions and are just plain fun!

There's also a time factor in introducing music to kids. Of course, it's never too late for any of us, and we can enjoy learning a new instrument or using our voices at any point in life; still there's a window of opportunity when it is easier to learn music.

As in most things, that ideal time to learn music is when we are very young. When you learn music as a child, especially before the age of nine years, you can learn it more easily. That's one factor in introducing an instrument to a child during the elementary school years.

Preschoolers, too, can develop their musical talents by singing and playing with rhythm sticks and shakers. Give a shaker to Grandma or Great Grandma, too. This is where everyone in the family can get into the act!

This hub explores the joys of family music. I have included some resources for making your experience of making music in your family even more enjoyable.

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Children Are Exposed to Music Prenatally

A Baby Hears Mom's Voice While Still in the Womb

Somewhere between the 16th and the 24th week of gestation, a fetus is able to hear his Mom and Dad's voices. This is a wonderful time to start singing to your little one. Songs you sing to your baby while he is still in the womb will recall that special loving place when he hears those songs later on. And singing to your baby after birth will help calm him and aid in bonding.

So don't be shy. Your baby thinks you are the best singer in the universe -- at least for a few years anyway. Take advantage of that fame! Because your baby responds to the love in your voice most of all, you don't have to worry whether you sound like a diva or a frog -- baby will prefer your voice to anyone else's, bar none.

So shine like a star!

Music Together

Music Together: Drum Song Collection
Music Together: Drum Song Collection

Music Together is a wonderful program for children and their parents to learn to carry a tune and move to the beat. This is one of nine CD collections that go with the program and a couple of other special CDs, such as one focusing on lullabies. Each is a collection of specially chosen songs sung by a variety of voices.

 

Music Helps a Child Develop Language Skills

Singing Helps Children Learn

It is quite common for a child to learn to sing words before she can even say them. A child responds to the rhythm and cadences of the words when they accompany a melody. Singing aids in memory, too. Think about how much easier it is to recite the alphabet if you sing the alphabet song than if you just say the letters.

Through music and songs, a child learns the meaning of opposites such as fast-slow and high-low. Songs can tell stories and a child can learn how to predict what comes next, especially when there is a refrain to chime in on.

Sing Out!

To your child, you have the best voice on the planet because it is filled with love!

Thanks for Visiting My Family Music Hub -- Please Let Me Know You Were Here - And Sing Me a Song While You're at It

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    • JoyfulMom LM profile image

      JoyfulMom LM 4 years ago

      Our family enjoys singing together - not that we sound great, but we have fun! When the "instruments" come out it can get noisy, but the little ones love it! :)

    • HeatherM2 profile image

      HeatherM2 4 years ago

      What a great lens and great idea... my little ones love to sing and we often sing together :)

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: I have a recorder but have never really learned how to play. Maybe I'll start, thanks to your inspiration.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      @JoanieMRuppel54: How true, jsr54! I've taught preschool, too, and there's nothing that beats singing with kids.

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      Joanie Ruppel 5 years ago from Keller, Texas

      I teach preschool music and it's the happiest job in the world! All five of my children are musically inclined and talented and I truly believe it is in part due to the music they heard first in the womb and second all around them. I won't discount their genes, but you can't thrive on that alone.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      I'm not going to sing you a song, but I'll play you a piece on the recorder, if you'd like! My son and I have been playing the recorder together for about four years now. We participate in a homeschool co-op and play the recorder with a couple of other moms and their children. It's a lot of fun!