Children learn best by doing.  Through modeling, a child has many opportunities to imitate steady beat and experiment with steady-beat playing.  Practicing these emerging music skills within the context of meaningful and playful activities gives a child a rich and unparalleled learning experience.

Ideas for parents:  Music is such a tremendous vehicle for learning of all kinds, but to enhance and inspire your child’s developing music skills, make it a goal to surround your child with music at home – during play, as he settles for nap, at bath time, and before bed.  Whether you’re singing to him or you just keep the iPod or radio playing, your child will benefit tremendously and will likely be inspired to pick up and play along.  Listening and responding to music exposes your child to the many wonderful benefits of music and a musical environment.

– Contributed by Theresa Case, whose Greenville, SC program, Kindermusik at Piano Central Studios, is proudly among the top 1% of Kindermusik programs worldwide.

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