Singing and music play an important role in our culture. Music is present in many aspects of our lives: theater, television, movies, worship, holidays, celebrations,etc. At home, music can become part of your family culture – a natural part of our everyday experiences.
From birth of their children, parents instinctively use music to calm and soothe children, to express their love and joy, and to engage and interact. As they grow, do you know how the music your child listens to affects them?
Preschoolers enjoy singing. They aren’t self-conscious about their ability and most are eager to let their voices roar. They like songs that repeat words and melodies, use rhythms with a definite beat, and ask them to do things. Preschool children enjoy nursery rhymes and songs about familiar things like toys, animals, play activities, and people. They also like finger plays and nonsense rhymes with or without musical accompaniment.
Most young school-age children are intrigued by kids’ singalong songs that involve counting, spelling, or remembering a sequence of events. School-age children begin expressing their likes and dislikes of different types of music. They may express an interest in music education, such as music lessons for kids.
Teenagers and Music
Teenagers may use musical experiences to form friendships and to set themselves apart from parents and younger kids. They often want to hang out and listen to music after school with a group of friends. Their identies are formed by the genre of music they listen to.