With easy access to Pop and Hip Hop music it can get difficult for parents to get kids to appreciate the work, complexity and sound of classical music.
Getting your kids to like classical music isn’t impossible; it just requires a little effort from your side.
Here’s what to do:
1) Put it on in the car
When they are younger, parents have the option of exposing and sheltering their children from whatever they want. It’s highly unlikely they are going to hear it anywhere else other than their music class. Turn off the radio (unless you find a station that plays classic music) and use your aux cable to put on some classic music. This is your chance to get them to appreciate instruments, rhythms, and melodies used in classical music. Tell them about the musician that created the melody – many classical musicians have very interesting stories.
2) Take them to classical concerts
Most big cities will have a local symphony orchestra. Schools and universities also have their own orchestras. Keep an eye out for events arranged by these orchestras and take your kids with you.
By taking them to classical events, you’ll make the music real for them. They’re bound to show interest to the sounds of the various instruments and how they are played. If you don’t have the time to take them during the evening, take them to the rehearsals that usually take place in the day. They’ll begin to learn how the different instruments work together in an orchestra.
3) Introduce them to upbeat classical music
Not all classical music is slow. Kids like hearing something they can move to and that brings a smile to their face. Find some upbeat classic music and play it in the house when they are around. Classical music pieces such as Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the Animals can easily be enjoyed by children.
4) Educate yourself on classical music
Learn whatever you can about classical music and start imparting your knowledge to your kids whenever you can. Try to generate interest in whatever way you can. At a young age, kids absorb information around them more easily than they do when they are older, so use this time to fill their ears with as much you can about classical music.
5) Create your own music
If you play classical instruments, play them in front of your children. Kids tend to imitate their parents’ behavior. Can’t play musical instruments? No worries! Use music notation software to create your own music and have your children listen to it.
Music Jotter offers easy-to-use music notation software that allows you to create your own music without any prior experience in music. The software comes with a manual you that guides you through the process. Once you’ve completed your piece, you can then share your music online with your friends and family.