Many parents ask me the best age and way to get a child involved in music. While you don't want to start them off in a rigorous 2-hour-a-day classical piano program at the age of 3, there's really no age too early to get them involved in music. The best thing you can do for your kids at an early age is to involve the whole family in music. Here are some suggestions on how to do so.
1. Take an Interest in the Music You Listen to and Share this With Your Kids
Have an affection for Frank Sinatra? The Beatles? Mozart? Coldplay? Make sure you play their music around your kids and share with them why you like it so much. Trust me. Even if they don't show an interest in it now, it'll be the music they grow up with and define other music by in the future, and it'll always sound like "home" to them.
2. Go to Concerts With Your Family
There's nothing like the communal event of a concert to get someone excited about music. People are sharing their music, and the audience is a part of it. And isn't that the whole beautiful reason we have music?
3. Make Your Kids Drummers
You don't need an expensive drum set. In fact, you don't need anything more out of the ordinary than a pot and a stirring spoon. Do you play music yourself? Play your instrument while your kids drum along to the beat. If you don't play music, you can all keep the beat while your favorite song plays.
Kids are natural dancers. You'll see toddlers bopping along to the beat of their favorite songs. Dance with them and make it an event.
5. Take Music Lessons Together
Music lessons can be challenging. Why not take lessons together as a family so that you can motivate one another to continue. Or take lessons in different instruments and form your own family band.