The first 1,000 days
Without a doubt, these first days are scientifically proved to be some of the most crucial for your child’s development! Your little one is learning, absorbing, and trying out new things on a daily basis. So, what can you do as a parent to get the most out of this crucial time?
Music is one of the best ways to help your baby thrive during this developmental period. Listening to music, singing songs, moving to music, and just generally making music in any number of ways is so incredibly beneficial to your baby, toddler, and preschooler.
Welcome, dear reader, to Modern Musical Parenting. It is my mission here to empower you, the moms and dads, to bring the gift of music alive in your own home within these first 1,000 days.
Unfortunately, many parents think they are not “good enough in music” to introduce it to their own children! But this simply isn’t true. Quite the opposite – humans are innate musical creatures. We have a musical instinct that is practically in our genes.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Have you, at any point in your life, sung a song – even if it was to yourself?
- Did you learn an instrument or to sing when you were younger, but don’t feel confident in your capabilities now?
- Are you a mom or dad that just isn’t sure how to use music regularly in your home other than your favourite streaming device?
- Do you want some fresh inspiration for encouraging music in your little ones?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the place for you!
I want you to feel empowered to make music in your own home, to sing to and with your child without any rigid notion of how it should sound. I want you to know what kinds of activities go hand-in-hand with music making. Because, let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t want to sing. Luckily, there are lots of activities that you can do (and probably are already doing) that will musically engage your child!
Regrettably, music is often regarded as something that’s really only accessible to those with the right training or those with enough money for lessons. And, we are often led to believe that only a musically trained professional can teach us how to engage musically with our child.
And again, that’s just not true. There are so many activities that you – the parent – can do that will encourage your child to grow musically. Especially in those first few years, you have lots of options to engage your child with music!
But why trust me?
Well, music has been an essential part of my life as long as I can remember. Yes, I have studied music formally, and even went as far as earning my PhD in Music Theory! And now you might be thinking how easy it is for me to say that anyone can do music.
But it is absolutely true! The reason I studied music was because I was encouraged to make music by my parents from the very beginning. And that’s the kind of support that keeps our children interested in music. It’s this type of informal music making, or musical parenting, that benefits your child the most.
I’m not talking about getting on a stage and performing. I mean simple, fun, informal music making in the comfort of your own home. For the benefit of your child, who loves your voice regardless of what it sounds like. For the benefit of your child, who loves watching you be silly and dance around to that funny song. And for the benefit of you, as a mom or dad, who wants to empower themselves!
So, I offer the best and most practical advice I can, combining both my academic research and my own personal experience raising children with music in the home.
And let’s be honest. As a parent, you probably don’t have a lot of time on your hands, so you need the information in quick, easy formats. And you want info that’s geared towards you – not teachers!
That’s exactly what Modern Musical Parenting offers you here. You’ll get the most up-to-date research and why it’s relevant to you; you’ll get fresh, new ideas for music making, and you’ll learn how to make music for your child. Music is fundamental in all of use – so, you can do this, too!
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Ready to jump start your music making? Then join the 30 Day Music Making Challenge! You’ll get an 8-page mini-eBook loaded with musical activities for 30 days.
It’s an honor to have you come along with me on this journey! Tell me, what do you want to hear more about regarding making music in the home? Don’t hesitate to let me know by sending me a message below!