Why Provide Music Instruction to Children? Part III – Critical Thinking

As a parent, there are many things in life that we often have to think about critically.  You may think about whether your child is hitting the developmental milestones at the appropriate time or where to move so that your child can attend the best school.  The third life skill in the series is critical thinking and this is one of those life skills we just can’t live without.

1. Self Discipline and Public Speaking

2. Math Skills

3. Critical Thinking

4. Relaxation

 

Critical Thinking

A musician thinks critically about their music all the time.  As they become a better musician they add more depth to how they think about a musical piece.

Whether the music is sung or played it requires the synchronization of multiple bodily functions to produce sound.  You must use your eyes, breath, and simultaneously move different body parts all at the same time.  In addition, you must think about the sound that ends up emerging and make adjustments to produce what is thought of as a pleasant sound.

As a singer, I learned about poise, posture and interpretation.  To sing a song expressively and make others feel and understand what you are singing about, a musician must think about what the composer was trying to convey when he wrote the piece.  They must analyze the piece, the notes/composition and words to understand the piece.  Only then can they convey the emotions needed to make their audience feel a piece.

You won’t have to analyze Beethoven’s 5th in a Kindermusik With Dominique

class, but you will help your child make the beginning connections needed for critical thinking in the future.  Through observation they will learn the basics in this complex life skill.  Preview a class for FREE to see what it’s all about.

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