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Kids Musical Instruments

Updated on September 19, 2012
Getting down to the beat.
Getting down to the beat.


Music is a part of most people’s lives. Airports, restaurants, shopping centres, movies and television are daily distributing music that they believe to influence people in a positive way. It may be to have a calming affect in a busy environment or to add suspense in a thriller movie. Music has a huge role to play in our lives and starts from an early age.

A fetus begins to hear relatively well 4-5 weeks before it is due to be born. In the Daily Mail Newspaper (8/3/2011) it speaks about a French psychologist Carolyn Granier-Deferrere of Paris Descartes University studying 50 pregnant women in the last trimester of pregnancy. She asked the expectant mothers to play a specific 9 note descending and ascending melody to the unborn fetus twice a day. A month after the babies were born the same tunes were re-played. In most of the babies the heart rate dropped by 12 beats per minute compared to 6 beats per minute listening to melodies they hadn’t heard before.

When babies hear a new sound, taste a new food or texture, smell a new aroma and listen to a new sound such as a musical tune, neural pathways are developed in the brain, helping with healthy growth and development.

And so we are attuned to the sound of music, beat and rhythm before most of us can remember.

Young babies are sung lullabies or calming melodies may be played to help the relax and sleep.

As babies begin to develop and acknowledge the tunes they recognise you may see them clapping and singing along in their own special way.

The young toddler will also clap hands, stamp feet and begin to dance to the rhythm without ever being taught to dance.

It is hard and maybe impossible not to be influenced by music to some degree. Most of us will have positive memories of music which can be uplifting, motivating and inspiring. Whilst there are occasions a certain tune may bring us to tears associated with a memory or just the sheer beauty of the music piece.

Music stimulates our senses and helps us to tune into our emotions. Kids benefit greatly from music as they are able to freely express themselves without words or restrictions at an early age. Music. brings happiness, fun and laughter to most young children and is a great way for them to bond with their peers.

The benefits of kids musical instruments

  • Bonding – a great way for parent/child bonding or children to bond with peers.
  • Pleasure – most children associate playing a musical instrument with fun and pleasure.
  • Motor skills – promotes hand – eye co-ordination as well as strengthening the fine motor skills.
  • Self-esteem – there is a musical instrument for all abilities. Participating in a musical event at school or kindy is not only fun but can instil confidence in one’s skill.
  • Memory – remembering words to a song or nursery rhyme helps improve memory skills.
  • Creativity – children can create tunes, rhythmns using both sides of the brain
  • Music has a positive effect on mental health

  • Musical Instruments for Kids

    Babies – may listen to lullabies, CD’s, musical mobiles

    Toddlers – saucepan and wooden spoon (if you can bear the noise), bongo drum, tambourine, castanets, glockenspiel.

    Young children – All the above plus maracas, guitar, keyboard, triangle, cymbals, recorder

    Older children – Anything goes!If children have been introduced to a musical instrument at an early age they will have the confidence and skill to learn new instruments.

    Music is a great way for the whole family to bond.Even for those who may believe they are not musical.Anyone can pick up a castanet or pair of spoons and tap out a beat.

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      Robert E Smith 3 years ago from Rochester, New York

      And don't forget my favorite since I was introduced to it about a year ago, the ocarina. It is widely used in Asian grade schools as a required instrument to expose each child to music. It is also one of the fastest growing musical instruments in this country (though we are slow to adopt it, this instrument is very popular abroad). Very good article. Bob Smith (no body)

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