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The Importance Of Music For Children

Updated on October 7, 2014

Music is important for children

Why were lullabies invented? They soothe children and calm their reactions to stress. This in turn reduces the stress in the entire family. Over time, children memorize lullabies and start to sing them. Music is often a huge part of childhood. A toy piano, drums, xylophones and guitars are favorite toys for children. Parents and grandparents should encourage children to experience music. A great way to do this is to provide toy instruments to the children. These don't have to be expensive.

Children can play and enjoy their own music. While they may not develop professional talent, they will gain an understanding of music that will help them relax in the future. As they get older, consider music lessons. Qualified instructors can teach children how to play the piano, a skill that they can use for life. Your child's school may have a music or band program. Check out all of the available options that will give a musical education to children. There may be an old instrument in the family somewhere. Ask around. Do you have musicians as friends? They may have an unused instrument that they are will to part with. If you are creative, you'll find an appropriate instrument for you child. With it, they can truly expand their musical abilities. If they are lucky, their school may still have a vibrant musical program that they can join.

It's a sad fact that in these days of budget pressures for schools, early funding victims are often music programs. This is usually due to the lack of perceived direct benefit from music. This is unfortunate because while music students don't earn sponsorship dollars from their activities, they bring calmness and civility to the school. This is a direct, positive influence on the music students and to those students exposed to the sounds. With the reality of budgets, it is more important than ever that parents advocate for music funding in schools, that they provide musical avenues to their children themselves and that they encourage and support more live performance music where ever it is available in their communities.

Musical appreciation comes best through the playing of an instrument to a degree that far surpasses mere listening to iTunes. To give children a chance to calm down, it is important to instill musical appreciation from a young age. Your child doesn't have to be a musical prodigy, they just have to enjoy music for their own pleasure. Children who love music will often surprise you with their ability. Give them a chance to show what they can do. Keep emphasizing that music is fun.

Obviously parents and grandparents support music for children. This lens has been liked over 200 times. It has also received dozens of fabulous comments in the sections below. This is great news. Make sure that you follow through with your support by getting the children involved in music. Talk to them about your passion for music. Find a nice instrument that they want to play. Encourage them to sing. Volunteer to help school music programs.

Musical funding debate

As mentioned, schools often cut funding to music and other arts programs first. The impact of this loss of funding is often severe on the programs and devastating to children. Dedicated parents push on and give their children musical opportunities. This can be relatively inexpensive at first but usually requires more of the family finances in time.

Do you support the funding of musical programs in schools?

Yes, the cost is low compared to the value received.

Yes, the cost is low compared to the value received.

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    • PaigSr 2 years ago from State of Confussion

      Yes as I was part of all but one musical group in high school including the librarian for the department. If anyone could not find me the first place to check was the music department. In fact there was only one teacher from my high school that got an invitation to our wedding and that was my HS choir teacher and the head of the music department.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, the music is a very good value and teach you a lot of things.

    • Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Crashrat has it spot on! School funding goes into sports but they cut arts/music? What's with that? It's proven that music can even help with learning - especially math - and improves memory.

    • TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

      Yes, through the NARAS (the Grammy's) Music In the Schools initiative. It is a proven fact that children who study music are better students.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Yes, indeed!

    • hovirag 4 years ago

      I agree with this side :)

    • Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I do! Music is very important for children because it helps them develop different skills

    • crashrat 4 years ago

      PRIORITIES! We need to understand when we cut art and music we're not just limiting career options, we're limiting people's imagination for life!

    • tfsherman lm 4 years ago

      I had musical education when I was growing up, as did most kids from my generation. I can't imagine not having had it, and I feel it's a debt my generation owes the younger ones.

    • June Nash 4 years ago

      Music and art are very important for society.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely. Music has been proven to raise a child's IQ and learning abilities. If nothing else, that should be reason enough.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Caged. Music programs give children the opportunity to explore the arts in a way most parents can't offer. Of course parents need to support their children, but it needs to start in our schools first.reativity of any kind should be encour

    • Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      YES! The arts are equally as important as the other subjects in school and should receive funding.

    • Deborah Swain 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Absolutely. I grew up in the UK where music was part of the curriculum...I left primary school able to read music and play several instruments. I don't play now, but have had a lifelong passion for music!

    • Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      If we make it only accessible to people from families that can afford lessons, we eliminate a huge portion of our world population from discovering their talents. And, in the end, the world wins when a new musical artist is released to reach their potential.

      A more positive approach to music should be adopted in our schools to encourage exploration and experience of a natural human form of expression, music.

    • rattie lm 4 years ago

      Absolutely! I am a frustrated music teacher. we refer to it here in Australia as a KLA (key learning area). I call it a NKLA (neglected key learning area).

    • Joan Haines 4 years ago

      "You must work - we must all work to make the world worthy of its children."

      - Pablo Casals

      Music education is absolutely necessary to bring up whole citizens of the world. So much culture, story, science, language, and art can be brought to music. I would not consider EVER depriving children by dropping music education.

    • RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Absolutely - everyone wins when the public is well-educated.

    • OnlineSuccessor 4 years ago

      If every child had a musical instrument I wonder how the world would turn out. Fantastic lenses, one of the best I read!

    • AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

      yeahh

    No, the cost should be paid by parents.

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      • stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

        Yes, I support the music programs for kids. It also could be the only reason some kids stay in school. It is like the kid that loves sports, there are kids that love music and show up for that class.

      • VanayeHamilton LM 4 years ago

        As a parent of a figure skater...I could argue that the school should pick up the tab. ;-) It's got music, is physical, and introduces my daughter to "other views". However, as a parent. I love the idea of me being able to introduce her to this art form. And I would hope that other parents would want to introduce their children to the art of music themselves rather than giving a stranger the privilege.

      • adragast24 5 years ago

        I am mitigated. I like the idea of having a bit of music education in schools but if a pupil is a bit serious about it (wants to play an instrument), then I think the parents should pay for it

      • theoxingyi lm 5 years ago

        It is a valuable cultural experience, but I have a hard time justifying the cost and time compared to more core subjects.

      • legangles 6 years ago

        NO this sounds crazy in my school, my parents earned too much money to qualify for any of the bursaries or scholarships except those I won for academic prowess. I would have loved to have learnt saxophone in school but couldn't get on the program and my parents couldn't afford it. Luckily a chirty got involved and now I playyy all day :D

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      Music as a Career

      Many children find that they can translate their love of music into a career. This is obviously a difficult, and rare, undertaking. The book "Outliers" by Malcolm Gladstone says that 10,000 hours of practice are required to become an expert at something. The Beatles did it back in 1964. The "Fab 4" became rich with their music. Talent is required, but so is dedication. Without encouragement, however, your child is not likely going to work in the music industry. That and luck. If they want to try, beware of the difficulties, but help them.

      The Internet has completely changed the music industry, although the big publishing companies don't like to admit it. New artists can publish and promote their own work and be incredibly successful. There are funding opportunities for albums or concert tours. Publishing to the web offers various revenue streams. An incredible demand for new material always exists. Budding performers can get a piece of the action if they have the talent, drive and luck. Justin Bieber did it. There will be more young superstars discovered in the future.

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      Child toy piano teaches musical appreciation

      Great toy musical instruments for children

      They don't need a baby grand piano

      Children of almost any age can be taught to play any musical instrument. They will have a lot of fun making music with anything before they have any training. It is natural for children, babies even, to bang things together. If you watch them, they aren't always just smashing things together: they often will use blocks or sticks in a controlled, drumming fashion. This can be enhanced if you provide an actual toy drum to them. It doesn't have to be loud, either. Toy xylophones and even pianos are fun for children and can be bought for good prices.

      Lots of these toys are available in great condition in the used market. While space can be an issue for some bedrooms, small musical instruments can help solve this. Roll-up piano mats are available that are a lot of fun for children and they don't take up much space. The key is to provide a musical instrument to the child quite early. In time, you can upgrade the instrument to something more substantial as the desire and talent of the child increases. Part of the learning experience with and instrument is the care of it. Make a point of telling the child that it is a toy that should be treated with a little respect. Children will usually respond well to limits that are established. It will help them learn to appreciate and preserve the instrument. WIth care, the instrument will even last long enough to be passed to another child.

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      Formal music training
      Formal music training

      Music lessons for children

      While musical appreciation and talent can be self-taught at an early age, formal training can really advance both in a child. There is a huge industry that has been active for hundreds of years teaching children how to play music. There are some cases where exceptional talent has come naturally but most musicians have had instruction. As a parent, you can really improve the chance that your child will develop musical talent if you can enroll your child in some formal musical instruction. It doesn't have to be expensive, either.

      Check out whether your child's school has a band or orchestra. You can rent or buy a student level instrument for them to play in the school band. There are lots of trumpets, flutes, clarinets, etc, available on eBay at great prices. The school may have instruments to loan. If this is not an option for your child, check out local private music instructors. Perhaps you even have a friend or family member who instructs music. Someone in your family may have an instrument that isn't used anymore. There are lots of possibilities. A basic introduction can be learned with most any instrument, even one in poor condition. As the child gains talent, and express real desire to continue, then more advanced training and a better instrument may be appropriate. Parents should actively try to find a way to provide some formal musical instruction for their children. Even a little can pay huge dividends in your child's future. Make sure that they have fun with their instruction, however.

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      They know the importance of music

      This lens has indeed been fortunate to have been blessed by many Squid Angels. Each of these people has directly supported the boosting of music in the lives of children. While their Squid Angel blessings have been greatly appreciated, the angels have also seen fit to contribute more to this lens. Many of the excellent comments have been given by Squid Angels. Many have squid liked the lens, liked it on Facebook and even lensrolled it to their similar lenses. All of these activities have been wonderful and I sincerely thank the Squid Angels for their interest.

      We have recently been informed that the Squid Angel program has been terminated. It was a feature that would allow certain people to "bless" a lens, similar to someone liking it. "The Importance of Music For Children" was blessed by quite a number of people when the program was in place. They understand that teaching music to children is very important. They realize that children are the future of music. Thank-you.

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      This lens has won a prestigious Squidoo Purple Star award. It was nominated by Littlelu. I appreciate the confirmation from the awards committee. This lens is important to me because of the profound influence that music has had on my life and on my children. I see the beginnings of musical appreciation in my granddaughter who 2 years old. I have ideas on how to bring this topic to the attention of more parents so that they boost access to music for their children. This Purple Star award, with the attention it brings, will help to highlight music to parents. I am very appreciative of the award!

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      Expose children to live music

      During the spring and fall, many schools host concerts highlighting their band, choir and solo performers. Why don't you check your local schools to see what they are playing? You can also check out band camp for summer music programs. These offer young music students intensive training on their instrument. It's a great way to advance talent to the next level.

      Band camps have been established in most areas and they offer students the chance to receive intensive instruction on their musical instrument. Accomplished music teachers work full time with students for a week or two, practicing increasingly difficult pieces that are appropriate for the young musicians' skills. There is usually a performance or two at the end of the band camp. These can be fantastic concerts. If you can, see if you can enrol your child in a band camp and then make sure you attend the wrap up concert.

      Another great way to foster musical appreciation in children is to take them to live musical performances. iTunes, TV and radio are great, but there is a greater impact to everyone who experiences live music. Large orchestras are best, but small bands or solo acts can work too. Check out the local schools to see when they hold their concerts. These are great opportunities to expose your children to live music performed by other children.

      School band programs need all the help they can get so your attendance will be very appreciated. Make it an extended family event. It is a fact that children put in a lot of effort in their musical performances and will improve their talent enormously in a surprisingly short period of time. If you attend two performances months apart by the same school band, you will notice this improvement yourself. If you bring your child to performances of local college or university students, you will be amazed at the quality of music offered. Some of these students will go on to professional careers. Some offer their own compositions, often performed in public for the first time. These students appreciate and deserve our support as well. With the quality of music performed at the college level, and the inexpensive ticket cost, it is a wonder that their performances aren't sold out months in advance.

      Usually people just check out a lens and enter a simple "Nice lens", or similar comment. This lens has received a number of excellent comments that speak of the joy that people received from music. Parents, grandparents, musicians and others have left fabulous words of advice, encouragement and support for the advancement of music for children. These words are very appreciated and represent the huge amount of support that exists for music in schools. If you have a few moments, be sure to review some of the comments yourself. There are some amazing ones in the list.

      Note that this lens has been liked by over 300 people. Thank-you all!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Music does help kids to focus and concentrate. Some of the kids have a natural inclination towards music and they start listening and singing at quite an early age.

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          Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

          We sang to both of our boys when they were little, and they grew up enjoying music and singing. One is still singing regularly. I also think it has helped them to concentrate. I like your assortment of musical toys -- I'll have to wait for grandkids to buy them :-)

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          Spook LM 6 years ago

          Welcome to Squidoo and what a great start. I'm positive you will enjoy your time here. I always loved music but battle with it a bit these days. You are quite correct, it is, soothing. Blessed by an Angel.

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          Kate Smith 6 years ago from Ashburn, VA

          Music and all creative, expressive arts are so important for child. Nice lens.

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          Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

          Very nice. I use all kind of rhythm and noixey things in class besides tap shoes, too. Love this. Kids have to have arts!

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          Wow, cool timing! I just taught two classes today where I had the children create "homemade" instruments to play and was discussing seeing a live orchestra over the coming holidays with them. I'm adding this to "Music is FUNdaMENTAL" ~ thanks! =D

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          Mart903 6 years ago

          Nicely done; lensrolled it!.. Congratulations, javrsmith!

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          tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

          Excellent lens on an important subject! Lensrolled to Musical Instruments Make Great Stocking Stuffers.

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          JanieceTobey 6 years ago

          I agree that it's important to introduce children to music! This is my son's fourth year in recorder class. We have so much fun playing duets together!

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          SofiaMann 6 years ago

          Nice lens. Congratulations.

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          classicalgeek lm 6 years ago

          I could not agree more. Music is vital for children's brain development, as well as their overall well-being!

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          sheilamarie78 6 years ago

          This is an area close to my heart. I was once trained as a Music Together teacher. I now am a facilitator in the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program in Canada. Early exposure to music is so important for the development of little ones! I have written about this elsewhere on the web (orato.com), but hope to make a lens here on Squidoo in the near future.

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          scar4 6 years ago

          Music has no boundary, I'm sure my kids would like them.

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          norma-holt 6 years ago

          Great lens on an important topic. Featured on Educating Young Minds. Thanks for the blessing on that lens, much appreciated.

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          Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

          Very nice lens and well written. Thanks for visiting my lens and leaving a comment :). Joined your fan club, keep those great lenses coming!

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          CCGAL 6 years ago

          I couldn't agree with you more about the importance of music for children. I have read that music helps the brain form neural pathways that in turn make learning math easier when the child is older. Thumbs up for this lens.

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          Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

          this is a lens close to my heart as I have been a violin and pianl teacher for many years. Blessed by a squid angel.

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          squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

          Great lens. I'm a firm believer in exposing children to music and showing them how great it is. Thank you for posting this!

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          reasonablerobby 6 years ago

          A massive thumbs up for this lens. I was brought up with music and it was the best gift I was ever given. My mother was a piano teacher and I learned from the age of 4. i stopped at UK grade 5 when i was 16 (discovering girls etc etc) much to her dismay. When i was in my thirties I secretly took grade 6 and surprised her with the news that I had passed! You have never seen a smile so big. I know work in higher education and looking back I can now explain what I think the true value of learning to play an instrument is. Firstly it helps with 'pattern spotting', recognising similar elements in a stream of events, it also teaches tenacity and the realisation that good things don't always land slap in your lap they have to be worked for, also it teaches self reliance, taking a piano exam at young age means 'you are on your own' its down to you alone, it also teaches you how to manage good and bad news when you get or don't get the mark you were expecting, finally it teaches you about giving, about playing something for the joy of others. My mother left teaching in school when policies belittled the role of music in education. The small minded policy makers had no real grasp of the profound educative value that music has for children. Mind you you are never too old. I'm teaching my girlfriend piano at the moment and she is 21 (again)

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          darciefrench lm 6 years ago

          Exposure to high caliber music is essential in early childhood- it's importance much understated. Kudos for bringing to light such an important topic for parents and families.

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          akrause2112 6 years ago

          Excellent!! Keeping music alive in children is very important!! This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel!

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          Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I can attest to this as I had been exposed to art but not music so my ears are not well trained.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Yes, music and the arts is just such an important medium to which children should be exposed - the younger the better.

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          eclecticeducati1 6 years ago

          I'm a firm believer that children should be exposed to the arts. Great lens. Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I agree, instilling musical appreciation in children is an investment in their creative futures. The arts are taking a blow in our education system in the U.S., hopefully we will see that turn around. All the more important to encourage music in the home.

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          Nightowl John 6 years ago

          I completely agree with you. Wonderful lens. Squid Angel blessed.

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          nebby 6 years ago from USA

          With all of the budget cuts in schools it's sad to see some music programs get cut. Music is so important for children as it teaches them so much more than you see on the surface. I love the self-confidence it can give.

          Wonderful lens & congratulations on your purple star!

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          Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          Music is a universal language and like you so well discussed in this lens, has tremendous benefits. Not sure about the level of funding in schools, but I think music should be encouraged as it is a form of expression as well. I can't think of anyone who doesn't like some form of music. Congrats on your PSA and **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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          livingfrontiers 6 years ago

          We all need joy in our lives, and music is the universal communicator. Keep up the great work...angel blessings!

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          Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

          Excellent lens and topic. My one-year-old daughter adores music and has loved playing her toy piano from just a few months old. She bounces and "dances" to every tune she hears and adores all her musical toys. I am sure that when she is older she will be eager to get on our real piano! Music has such a positive effect on children. Well done!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Our schools are doing such a disservice to our children by taking away music, PE, arts, shop, home economics. No wonder the drop out rates in High Schools are soaring, kids hate school it is boring! Teach the kids that don't want to be corporate lawyers how to succeed in the world, doing something they love!

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          GrowWear 6 years ago

          Stopping by this wonderful Purple Star lens to wish you happy holidays and a new year filled with abundance and love.

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          Congratulations on the well-deserved purple star. Adding my SquidAngel blessing to those you've already received.

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          grannysage 6 years ago

          When I was four, I composed a song on our piano. My sister wrote down the notes and the words for me. It was called Tangerine. Then my parents had to sell our piano. Who knows what symphonies I might have gone on to write? However my dad taught me to play the guitar and later I took lessons. I was always active in the school choir too. You make some great points in this lens. I could have used that baby baby grand piano the little girl is playing.

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          Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

          Congratulations on your purple star :)

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          @grannysage: I hope that you re-visit Tangerine. It could be a great hit that combines the innocence of a four year old with your extensive experiences since. I'll just ask this question: Who knows what symphonies you are going to write in the future? Good luck!

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          @Lady Lorelei: Thank-you very much! Like you, I was so pleased that my favorite lens was rewarded.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          What a wonderful lens. I was lucky enough to benefit from an excellent (free!) music program in a public school growing up. It saddens me that so many children aren't getting this opportunity. Thanks for bringing awareness to this important issue.

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          Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

          Agree completely! Music is important. Nice lens.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great Musical Instruments toy collection at www.toysandstuff.net

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          Michey LM 6 years ago

          Absolutely great informative lens, blessed as well

          All the best

          Michey

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          sheilamarie78 6 years ago

          Congratulations on your purple star!

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          legangles 6 years ago

          great lens love it

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          legangles 6 years ago

          great lens love it

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Music is important and soothing to all. Kids enjoy them more.

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          Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

          I love kids and music, a lot of our kids in a Special Educational facility learned through music as therapy, there were talks of cutting it and we pushed for funding, thankfully keeping it, music is so impoartant in peoples lives, it plays a huge part, you hear a song, music and be transported somewhere! Well done on your Purple Star!!!! wonderful and 100% support for funding music from me

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          LauraMarie LM 6 years ago

          I think kids should start to learn about music from an early age. Encouraging them to learn a musical instrument makes for a good hobby and makes them very creative.

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          ChemKnitsBlog2 6 years ago

          Music is such an important aspect of the growing process. Phenomenal lens!

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          onlinecertification 6 years ago

          i loved your lens, it gave me valuable information and will see i put more effort to introduce good music to my son.

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          photofk3 6 years ago

          Great lens. From about the age of 8 to the age of 13 I also have been learning playing the piano. Now that my cousin has two babies, a two-year-old and a 6-months-old, she also bought music CDs and is having her children constantly listen to it because she also heard of the positive effects of music to shildren.

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          hayleylou lm 6 years ago

          Enjoyed my visit here - I agree music is so important for children - my boys love to sing and dance :)

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          sousababy 6 years ago

          Fabulous lens, you have done a wonderful job of introducing things to help parents, grandparents, teachers, etc. understand the life long value of music (just as important as math...at least in my life). Congrats on a much deserved purple star too. Lensrolled to mine. Sincerely, Rose

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          Oracle Post 6 years ago

          i heard that classical musics help the development of children's brains, which is really a fascinating fact! music is also my passion so i think my children and I will have common interest in music. Thanks for sharing your wonderful lens!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Most beautiful lens, Javr. I have rolled to my lens on connecting with your inner child, thanks!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Most beautiful lens, Javr. I have rolled to my lens on connecting with your inner child, thanks!

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          sousababy 6 years ago

          Dear javrsmith, I am back as a new fan and had to see this wonderful lens of yours again. Lensrolled to more of mine now. Oh, you do deserve two thumbs up and a big purple star. Keep 'em coming! Fondly, Rose

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          pixelposy 6 years ago

          Awesome lens, congrats on the well deserved purple star! I feel fortunate to have grown up with instruments in the home and at school. Making mixed tapes from the radio was a favorite childhood pastime. :)

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          LadyJasmine LM 6 years ago

          A little more angel love couldn't hurt this brilliant lens. :-)

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          hankasawat 6 years ago

          I'm all for music for children as long as it is not forced on them. I remember my sister crying at a piano recital because she made a mistake. Music should be fun and I hope all parents remember to keep it that way.

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          @hankasawat: You make an excellent point. There can be a lot of stress when children are involved in performances. Family pressure can be excessive as well. My great aunt came from a family of 7. No one could play the family's piano so she was signed up for lessons. As the youngest child, she was the last chance for the family to have a piano player. She hated the hours she spent on the piano and never played after she moved out of her parent's house.

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          You're so right that school bands need the support of the community as their audience. When my daughter's 4th grade band gave their first performance the audience, full of parents who had endured their sons and daughters struggling to play a few notes (badly) on their trumpet or whatever, rose to their feet giving a standing ovation at the end. My daughter was so inspired, she never forgot that performance.

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          Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

          music is shown to greatly increase brain development in children

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          Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

          I have memories of Wagner, opera and Mozart in the sixties, somehow I missed out on the Beatles and Stone's altogether. Music is an extremely impoertant part of child development.

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          chemrat 6 years ago

          What a great lens on a very important topic! Lensrolled on my music lenses. Thanks for stopping by! Jim

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          Michelle Collins 6 years ago from Florida

          Great lens! LR with: "My 8 Year Old Daughter & Her First Violin Performance" * Blessed *

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          capriliz lm 6 years ago

          Music is so important for children. I wish every child could learn to play an instrument.

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          dwnovacek 6 years ago

          I benefited greatly from piano and clarinet lessons in my youth. I made sure that my children were able to have the opportunity to learn something about music through school programs. My daughter was able to attend a magnet school that specialized in music and the performing arts. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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          Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

          I don't know how I've missed this before. I share your feelings about the importance of music education in our schools. Add my blessing to your long list of angel blessings. They are well deserved.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Just returning to congratulate you on your Purple Star here! It's a wonderful heart and soul lens and very well deserving!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          This is a fantastic lens and I can clearly see why it got a Purple Star! My granddaughter is only old enough to 'bang' out music right now, but I am hoping that she will become every bit as musical as her great-uncle.

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          BrandonJames926 6 years ago

          Congrats on the purple star!

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          Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

          very nice :D

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          Vikki 6 years ago from US

          *Blessed* by a squid angel;)

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          masz09 6 years ago

          great lense

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          Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

          Came back to bless now that I have wings - and I see that I am not alone in wanting to bless this lens! :) Congratulations, well deserved.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          I really love your lens. It's so wonderful and charming. I always think music is one of most important thing for child. 5 stars for you. Have a wonderful times :)

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          YsisHb 6 years ago

          Thank you for visiting my lens on greek shepherd's flute. Certainly children love playing it to the utmost pleasure of their parents' ears.

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          sousababy 6 years ago

          Dear javrsmith,

          Just wanted to let you know that I featured you and this lens within mine at: https://hubpages.com/community/good-heart . I can always feature any other lens of yours, at any time, just let me know on my Bio page.

          Also, there is wonderful commentary about you and your work (7 comments, so far) left within your featured section of my 'Squidoo people with a good heart' lens. (Plus, you can earn up to 390 points for yourself with easy yes/no polls, fun quizzes, commentary and a Squid like). Hope it helps!

          Take Good Care,

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          JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I love this page, so now that it is my turn to be an angel, I can finally say *Blessed* and featured on "Musical Angel"! =D

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          moneyloveandcha 6 years ago

          We just took our son to see Keller Williams this weekend (he has a kids album and is currently doing some kids shows on his tour). My son loved it!

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          TheMusiconomy 6 years ago

          great lens. Indeed, parents need to not let this go. The idea of exposure to music during early childhood is a crucial one. If any parent has very young children and would really like them to learn an instrument, they don't have to wait. After the age of 3, children can enter what's called The Suzuki Method. It's a group lesson method that non-stressful and just focused on playing by ear. This is the only method of learning an instrument designed for the pre-reading stages of childhood. The concentration is on listening and producing a pretty sound.

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          Luminosity LM 6 years ago

          I wanted to help with your goal and help you keep it.

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          kguru1979 lm 6 years ago

          Nice lens .... It is important that music shapes children a lot and grows them mature and intelligent...!

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          sorana lm 6 years ago

          Music is a very important part of children's education. They have to be exposed to music in the same way as they are exposed to all the other subjects. It's part of gaining knowledge about the world they live in.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Lucky Leprechaun Blessings by a Squidoo Angel

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          Chazz 6 years ago from New York

          Very important topic. The arts are all too often overlooked in schools and are the first to go when budgets get cut. Very sad situation.

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          JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

          Very important lens... Great to see it's getting recognition!

          With Love and Gratitude,

          Jeremiah

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          Othercatt 6 years ago

          Back home, it was up to the band or the choir to pay for everything. I remember we saved cans and had bake sales. But we were able to do it.

          Blessed

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          Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

          Good lens, and I joined your fan club.

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          Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

          Very happy to have come across this lens. It spotlights such a critical topic. I am a huge supporter of music opportunities for children. Thanks for being such a strong proponent.

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          adriangana 6 years ago

          Love music, food for our souls

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          jseven lm 6 years ago

          Great lens that deserves the purple star and squid angel blessings!

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Music is essential to helping developing imagination in young children and adults. I don't know what I would do without it and I only listen to the radio.

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          gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

          Great lens, if you check my lens My First Art Class you'll see I try to let parents know the importance of having arts training in their curriculum. It doesn't matter if the child has natural talent. It's an experience that will make a well rounded child, and who knows, they could come to love playing an instrument or painting, for example. See you around the galaxy...

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          Stacy Birch 6 years ago

          Wish I could play the piano, but my fingers are to short. Nice lens.

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          celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

          Yes, music is so important the child has to discover the world and sounds.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          Great Lens, well deserves the Purple Star. Music is so important for children!

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          dani_wong33 6 years ago

          i know that music are very good for all age, espescially if we hear the music to the baby when it's inside mom's stomach. it will increase baby brain electron moving

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          even rehearsals it is important if parent attend such, they should attend with their children and i second dani wong33 with me and my wife music in now the born marrow, my is that God keeps me strong so the i may keep my two children in the music world

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          JoshK47 6 years ago

          What a fantastic lens - the importance of music is apparent in all of the kids I know who have learned it, they shine in all other areas, too!

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          Katherine89135 6 years ago

          Great lens! I agree that music should be considered an important part of a child's education. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to study music and attend wonderful performances as a child and teenager.

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          corteeze 6 years ago

          Thanks for creating this lens. Definitely Purple Star worthy.

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          catherinelovestv 6 years ago

          I think Music is important while growing up, I was in the choir and practiced the violin when I was young I was not very good but I enjoyed it and have some fond memories

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          Krafick 6 years ago

          A music lover is always a peaceful person. There would be more peace around if more children were taught music. Rafick

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          Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

          All of my children are music lovers, only 2 went part of the way to learning to play instruments however. We still have the paino, organ and guitar JIC any or all of them wish to continue. Thank you for this lovely lens.

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          Runnn 6 years ago

          Personally, I do encourage kids to learn some music instrument.

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          Kathryn Grace 6 years ago from San Francisco

          I grew up with music and made sure my children did too. Now we're passing the love along to our grandchildren. We have a number of musical instruments for them to play here, and luckily there are several musicians in our family. Good lens. Congrats on the purple star.

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          Prezewalski 6 years ago

          Music is divine. You have beautifully phased the musical importance in this lens.....great job!!

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          javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

          @Krafick: ...although certain types of music may not work this way!

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          TeacherRenee 6 years ago

          A beautiful lens on a beautiful topic! Music is so important for your children, because it can introduce them to a world beyond the 4 walls of the classroom. Music also helps children to learn, as catchy tunes can stay with children much longer than simple explanation ever can. Thank you.

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          zeronese lm 6 years ago

          Great work! best wishes :)

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          STYLEssentials 6 years ago

          Great lens, now I see why it was featured. Outstanding work!

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          NidhiRajat 6 years ago

          wow that's amazing....

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          vauldine 5 years ago

          I becme ill at the age of 15years being diagnosed with gran mal epilepsy at the time. My parents felt that I could not return to normal academic education. I sent to learn music. It actually healed me and I not longer get seizeures and I was able to return to ;attend university and graduate with honors.

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          efriedman 5 years ago

          Important topic, well done. I would have loved to have music instruction as a child. Have only learned a little as an adult, but playing music (with my husband) brings a lot of relaxation and fun.

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          bechand 5 years ago

          I remember the music fieldtrips from my own childhood the most of all fieldtrips - my favorite was Yo Yo Ma at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall - awesome !

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          Track29 5 years ago

          I wish my parents had placed more emphasis on music when we were growing up. I think that because there were so many of us in the house my dad didn't want anymore "noise" as he called it, getting into his ears. I feel like I lost out on a lot, so it's good that you are highlighting the importance of music for children.

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          Candlemakingsup 5 years ago

          Yeah!!

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          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          I grew up in a large family. Mum was a music teacher so most of the children got lessons from her. When it came my turn mum was not able to give me lessons but that was okay as I learned to play by ear and also taught myself to read notes. Our family used to entertain at weddings and other local events. I don't know what our lives would have been like without music. Well deserved purple star!

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          Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

          Very informative lens. Thank you! Music is important to our lives.

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          Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

          Very informative lens. Thank you! Music is important to our lives.

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          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          I am revisiting this lens. Music in the schools is an important subject.

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          BoyScoutPopcorn 5 years ago

          My parents have had me learning to play the piano since I was eight and I also play the trumpet. It's a lot of work, but it has helped me with my Scouting advancements.

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          Lauren 5 years ago from Florida

          This is so important--I remember fondly the instruments I played as a kid; I still play the piano today and am trying to foster my love for it in my son.

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          lbos114 5 years ago

          First off let me say Thank you for Blessing my Lenses! Indeed the importance of music to children is eminence! But speaking from personal experience it is one of the most significant parts of my life!

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          mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

          This lens is not just about music but about families working and appreciating each other which spills over into the whole community where you live. My children even got to sing at the Nations Capital in Washington DC for Christmas when they were younger. No one is a loser because all those involved are gifted with Love and Care right from an early age. Great lens.

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          Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

          Wonderful lens. You've been blessed by a Squid angel.

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          Wendy Leanne 5 years ago from Texas

          Wonderful lens. You've been blessed by a Squid angel.

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          Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

          This is such an important subject that I had to come back to this lens and bless it now that I have my angel status.

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          viscri8 5 years ago

          Music is important for children for their development-- as any other art form is important too.Music is also important for animals -- and as research has shown -- for plants too. I great lens about an interesting topic.

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          lesliesinclair 5 years ago

          personally, I love to see children perk up when they are exposed to music.

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          Great to see this topic getting good exposure! Imagine a world where every child started life with the opportunity to enjoy music, and to experience it in different forms... imagine that generation growing up and running the world :)

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          Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

          I enjoyed music classes in school when I was a child and cannot imagine how closed minded I would have been to so many things without music. I enjoy reading the articles people have actually written themselves, as I have yours.

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          DanielTiley 5 years ago

          A fantastic lens that tackles a subject close to my heart. Music is my favourite thing in life and I love how it can inspire and enlighten people around the world. Children should be taken more lessons on actual instruments rather than playing on rock band or guitar hero all the time.

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          Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

          Just had to pop back and bless this lens, now that I have wings. :)

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          pawpaw911 5 years ago

          Exposing children to live music, is an important part of getting them interested in music. Nicely done.

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          AJ 5 years ago from Australia

          Thank you so much. I had CDs playing in the hospital room from the time my daughter was born. She now plays three musical instruments, sings, participates in four school music ensembles and dances ballet, tap, jazz, song and dance, and in troupes. I think the music helped!

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          Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

          When my twins were newborns, I played classical music. Today, they don't appreciate the top 20 hits; they favor "real" music played by artists and vocalists.

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          I always appreciate people who support the arts in youth

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          theSEOmama 5 years ago

          I agree that music can play such an important role in the development of a child. The benefits of music programs in schools are immeasurable. It's sad that so much funding has been moved from this area and agree it's even more important now than ever for the parents to step in and do what they can to see that their children are still able to fully explore the arts, including music, whether it's through before and after school programs (which are often inexpensive..sometimes kindly offered free through the generosity of a passionate teacher, such as our handbell program at my girls' school), lessons, museum visits, etc. I'm very grateful myself that my husband is a musician and willing teacher to our two girls.

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          ICanCook 5 years ago

          Being exposed to many different facets of life at an early age is an invaluable experience. As kids we don't see the value, but upon my reflection as an adult, I realize that it allows one to find out where our natural talent and interests lie.

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          traveller27 5 years ago

          The benefits of music for children are varied - and there are many. Great work - blessed.

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          tebor79 5 years ago

          I feel sorry for kids that don't get to learn about music. It was my favorite class in elementary.

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          YsisHb 5 years ago

          I would like to invite you to read my lens on the Greek debt. Thank you.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          very interesting lens....well done

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          SallyForth 5 years ago

          Thank you for a great lens.

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          Spiderlily321 5 years ago

          This is such a great lens. I think that music is such a great idea for children. It is very soothing and fun to listen to. I was in orchestra, choir, band, and marching band throughout my school years and I absolutely loved it. It is also such a great therapeutic tool for all ages.

          Thank you for creating this excellent lens!

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          RedShoesGirl 5 years ago

          i would have loved to play the piano,but my parents didn't had the money for the lessons.When i will have a child I will certainly let him play an instrument.The music is a very good food for the soul.

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          Rose Jones 5 years ago

          My children received a rich musical life as part of being in Berkeley. They will profit from it for their entire lives.

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          kathysart 5 years ago

          BRAVO!

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          PennyHowe 5 years ago

          I was terrible at music when I went to school. But the participation in the programs where well worth it. Then I became a teacher and for sure know how important music can be in the lives of children. Congratulations on your Purple Star award--well deserving in mu opinion.

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          wecomparebooks 5 years ago

          you are blessed!

          Great lens!

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          KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

          My stepson has studied music for 8 years and was just awarded a full scholarship to USC. He was also offered scholarships to two arts colleges. Music teaches discipline and the importance of teamwork. We are so grateful to the teachers who inspired him to stick with it.

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          adragast24 5 years ago

          Well done for this beautiful lens! You deserved the purple star.

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          sibian 4 years ago

          I am so happy to have found this lens, very relevant to our family's interests. I am sure my darling wife will love it. Thank you.

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          sarasentor lm 4 years ago

          I think there is on one who do not like music.

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          Cara 4 years ago

          This is a great lens.

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          Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

          My children are young but already I can see their love of music. They dance whenever they hear a tune and make instruments out of simple toys (they do also have toy instruments that they enjoy.) They partipate in a program called Music Together that they truly love. I think music enhances the brain at an early age and is a joy throughout life. My older sister plays in the WI symphony orchestra.

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          Johanna Eisler 4 years ago

          Music is such a precious gift on so many levels! Children LOVE music. Wise parents will share musical experience with their children. It is an incredible bond and can affect the relationship between parent and child throughout their lifetimes.

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          Funkysi 4 years ago

          Really nice lens. My daughter love music. She play children's piano a lot.

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          dhikah 4 years ago

          within two months, I will be a father. Lens that you created, has given me a new knowledge. Thank you very much for the article that gave me this new knowledge.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Returning with fresh angel dust...because music IS important for children!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          At School we had Music Classes and I am so glad that we did. We know who Mozart was but none of the kiddies here know who he is or was.

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          johnsja 4 years ago

          Couldn't agree more. I often say to my kids, where would we be without music? Music is vital for everybody.

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          davenjilli lm 4 years ago

          Music does help to frame our moods, it can calm a crowd or generate a mob. Music moves us for sure.

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          RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

          Science and math classes are important but must be balanced with the liberal arts in order to give people a well-rounded education.

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          Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

          Music is so wonderful for children. They benefit so much from hearing music, learning to play an instrument and generally learning to appreciate it!

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          Optiplex 4 years ago

          Music can help them learn all thing faster. Very informative!

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          Joan Haines 4 years ago

          "Music will save the world."- Pablo Casals

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          Tea Pixie 4 years ago

          Everyone, at every opportunity, should encourage music in their homes. It doesn't matter what kind of music it is. Have affordable instruments like recorders and harmonicas lying around. When your kid picks up an instrument, look for free lessons and free music sheets online. Do anything you can to support their exploration into the freedom to express that music provides.

          The schools can provide support for music but funding is such a fluctuating issue. Don't let your kid's potential be limited by other's choices. Even if you have very little money, music can fill your house if you just sing. Honestly, it makes a real difference.

          I appreciate what you have written here. I think it is important to help everyone on earth to experience 10,000 hours of musical exploration, even if they only do so in their own homes. It's key to the development of our social sensitivity to the beauty that the world has to offer.

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          olmpal 4 years ago

          Thanks for this interesting article. Music benefits children in many ways!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have six kids, and have seen the benefits of music in so many ways. Infants interact with music before they even leave the woom and once out, it becomes a calming and soothing source. I love watching my little ones dance and run around as music plays.

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          Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

          I can see why this lens won a purple star! My mother was a pianist and I remember learning to play from the little book, 'Teaching Little Fingers to Play.' I think it is still being used!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          One of the reasons my kid goes to the school she does is because of their encouragement of artistic and musical abilities. She's only 4 years old but she loves her little toy instruments and enjoyed beginner's piano during the summer. Congrats on the purple star!

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          rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

          Teaching children music is A MUST :) It helps

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          kabbalah lm 4 years ago

          Music is very important

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          jonathanwm 4 years ago

          I love this lens. Music is important to everyone. I guess everyone in the world will listen 1 music every day.

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          tfsherman lm 4 years ago

          I do storytimes for very young children, and music is the way I reach out to those babies! Kids love music so much, and there are so many studies about how important it is to their brain development. Great lens on a very important subject, thanks!

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          AdamzPg 4 years ago

          This is a great lens, I got my nephew a keyboard at 3. I think every child should play as soon as they can try!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Returning with fresh angel dust for this important subject, all my children play one or more instruments...music is an important heritage to pass through the generations.

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          Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

          Music is a very important part of a child's development. Both my parents played piano, my father also plays guitar. Now my bother plays 8 instruments and us (3 girls play) play guitar, piano and flute. Both my chilren play guitar and sing pretty well. So To me music must be taught since the early years.Also music is used as a therapy like in the Tomatis Method. Loved your article about the importance of music for children :)

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          sue826 lm 4 years ago

          I think music is important for everyone. I'm happy to say my 2 daughters love music and I think they got it from their upbringing.

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          weballan 4 years ago

          Love your lens. I agree music is great for young children. I've read that playing music to unborn baby is very beneficial as it can help to speed up development.

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          TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

          Good lens. Thank you.

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          Ethan 3 years ago from London

          Amazing lens thank you :)

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          Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

          Wonderful lens! I played flute in school, and continued for many years (well till a house fire burned two of them up as well as a brand new keyboard), Hopefully I'll get a new keyboard soon. No, I'm not concert quality, but I enjoy it, and yes I think it did add to my appreciation of music.

          Would you believe my dad chopped up our childhood piano for kindling because he didn't want to pay to have it re-tuned and repaired? Wacky!

          Music in schools is very important. Two of my favorite teachers were the music instructors. (Both coincidentally named Mr. D.)

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          Nice lense

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          stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

          Voted up and sharing, great hub.

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