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How to Nurture Your Child’s Love of Creating Music

The ability to create music is a unique gift that only a few people receive. When your child has shown an interest in creating music, you can do one of two things. You can ignore it and let the gift fade away, or you can support it and let it take your child wherever it is meant to take him or her. These three ideas on nurturing that creative urge will help you guide your child’s budding musical interest.

Provide a Flexible Start

Some parents get frustrated when they invest in a single musical instrument that proves to be unappealing to the child. Instead of sinking more money into another instrument that may also end up unused, they simply do nothing.

A better option is to come up with ways to expose your child to multiple instruments. Visit a music shop where your young performer can spend some time trying out various instruments without any commitment on your part. Let him or her start with a basic lesson a few different ones and see which one “sticks”. Once your child has settled on one instrument to start off, it will be easier for him or her to commit the necessary time.

Introduce Technology

Kids are great with technology when they are immersed in it at an early age. They will also prove to be incredibly resourceful and persistent when technology lets them fulfill their goals. Steering your musical child toward technology that aids in creating their own songs is an easy decision.

Invest in a good laptop (which you probably already have) and then purchase recording software with some serum preset tracks and other basic elements to help them begin framing up their creations. There are plenty of options for affordable USB microphones as well as free recording software. Get the right mix of equipment so that your musician doesn’t have the frustration of dreaming up a concept with no way to make it real.

Provide Musical Education

Music is an extractive art. Each generation builds on those who came before it. Most modern musicians trace their roots back to a few basic ancestors like Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Beatles, and the artists of Motown.

Exposing your musical child to these key artists will provide them with a musical base that will provide a broader base of inspiration for his or her own music. Have them listen to old records and watch musical documentaries. Get books about the legendary artists of every genre. Subscribe to music magazines to help them keep current with technology and instruments. The more ideas your child can hear, the better the chance that he or she will pick up the missing pieces of their own ideas.

As a parent, you want your child to have the option to explore his or her interests deeply enough to get an idea of whether it’s something with a lifelong appeal or just something to dabble in. Like any hobby, music requires some basic equipment, knowledge, and interest. These ideas will help you create real opportunities for your child.

Tim Esterdahl

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