Some answers to some parents questions

Often parents raise many questions about the music education of children. Following are some of them giving some answers that can come to our aid.

How many days a week should a child be exercised in music? 

Specialists believe that two lessons per week are recommended to take a general musical culture, whatever instrument: piano, cello, guitar, violin, etc. If there are not two days, a lesson can be learned in the instrument or vocal, but the child will progress over a longer time interval. Less than one lesson per week is recommended because children will forget what they learned at the previous hour, especially when they do not have the opportunity to practice at home.

How parents can help a child in musical interpretation? 

Parents can help children play music by moving to her study at an early age, regardless of whether it is a study instrument or singing. There are lessons for the music education of pre-school children at the age of 2-3 years. Within these lessons can be emphasized the musical development of children through game, communication and group activity.

What is the age at which to begin studying an instrument? 

The ideal age to begin studying an instrument also varies in terms of the emotional, motor and concentration power that each child has. Some of them can start early at age 4, others yield from age 7 years.The best age to start piano lessons is 5-6 years, for guitar and violin courses is 7-8 years old, while for piano lessons it is recommended that the age of the child be over 8 years old.

 What advantages does the child have if studying a musical instrument?

It has been proved  that music has a positive impact on the development of children for their cognitive skills, memory and relationships with peers but not just with them.   Pre-school children participating in group music activities, such as musical games and the interpretation of some songs that are specific to their age, will make them more open, more compassionate, and more confident in themselves. For school-aged children, studying an instrument or singing means developing feelings of satisfaction and self-confidence, while simultaneously promoting  actions of movement coordination and concentration skills. Singing in  piano, guitar or cello helps them to use some areas of the brain that are not used in everyday life, normally. There are many people who think that an educated one, a child educated in the first place is a disciplined child. Here again we talk about the importance of music because studying an instrument often implies an increased discipline, especially when that child performs.  If the kid’s s lessons  are combined with free weekly music lessons about music theory and music history, the kid is advancing faster. Much of the music theory is given in these workshops, and the teacher is more likely to concentrate on music practice during the class hours.

How do parents understand that a child has talent or is motivated to music?

The basic elements needed to get engaged into music are considered the musical earing and the sense of rhythm. When talking about musical earing, we mean two types of listening: the born ear and the acquired ear.The born musical ear varies from one to another and is characterized by a large part of everyone’s musical abilities. That’s what most people say when they say they wear music. There are people whose innate ear is more developed, while the other is less. This type of ear is more intimate in humans, but it is a sensitivity that is found at everyone  in an early state.  The acquired musical ear is the type of hearing that is formed, built with melodic exercise, through the reproduction of sounds, intervals, through hearing, in short, through musical activity.  If in general a child can reproduce easily and accurately a melody, both from the rhythm and from the melodic point of view, has developed musical skills. If parents are not able to understand that the child has or does not have a musical ability, this should be done by schools that test the musical skills.

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