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Why Provide Music Instruction to Children? Part IV: Relaxation

Being a parent is sometimes a stressful job.  One of the best life skills I have is my knowledge of music.  This was particularly handy when my newborn daughter came into the world.  Singing was an instant way to soothe both my daughter and myself.  Without it, I think most days I’d be lost.

To conclude this four-part series on why music instruction is important to children, we’ll explore how music can help teach your child relaxation and self-soothing techniques.

The other topics we have discussed are:

1. Self Discipline and Public Speaking

2. Math Skills

3. Critical Thinking

4. Relaxation

 Relaxation

Have you ever sat next to that person on the plane, train, bus or even in the car that has their headphones plugged in and are blasting their favorite song?  Or maybe you are the culprit.  Well, we know it’s annoying to others, but it’s actually rather enjoyable for the person enjoying the music.

Studies have shown that music can have a relaxing effect on people.  It has positive applications in child labor, post-surgery recovery, reducing overall pain, lowering blood pressure and boosting immunity.  This is mostly due to the tempo of the music that is played, not the genre.  Most people think of classical music as being the best resource for relaxing music.  To get in the mood, you can listen to whatever it is that you like; the tempo of the music is the more important factor.

Playing a song can immediately change a person’s mood.  It’s important that we teach our children relaxation techniques.  Combine slow music playing with dimmed lights and general calmness and your child will begin to understand they need to take it down a notch.  Do this throughout the day so that they can eventually do it for themselves when a situation gets little too stressful for them to handle.  You will soon see that nap times, bed times and even future social stressors will be much less of a fight if we give our children the tools they need to clam themselves.

Not sure you can create that calming environment in your home?  In a Kindermusik with Dominique class you will learn how to create an environment conducive to relaxation and sample relaxing music pieces for your own use.  Contact me to preview a class for FREE.

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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.