Although many babies and young children are drawn to music, if your child shows an intense interest, he or she may be “music smart.” The musical child may grow to show a love for performing and have a great appreciation for music. Children with a strong musical intelligence may grow up to be singers, songwriters, composers, or music teachers. Ludwig van Beethoven, J.S. Bach, and Mozart were all extremely strong in the area of musical intelligence.
One way to encourage these children is to expose them to a variety of musical styles. You should also provide them with opportunities to make their own music. Ways to do this are to provide musical instruments for them to explore or offer basic household items that can be used as instruments. A wooden spoon, a pot, and a plastic bowl can make an amazing drum set for a child!
An important thing to know about music and learning is that studies have found children who listened to Mozart music for ten minutes performed better on spatial tasks. This has been called the “Mozart Effect” and this research suggests that certain types of music can actually make kids smarter.
How do you know if your child is music smart? Ask yourself these questions:
- Does your child listen to music a lot?
- Does your child hum or sing a lot?
- Does your child enjoy playing a musical instrument?
- Does your child cheer him or herself up with songs?
- Does your child have a good singing voice?
If you can answer yes to these questions, then you may have a musical learner on your hands! Following your child’s lead if they are a musical learner is a must. Learn about their preferred types of music and their instrument. Do they enjoy playing piano or another instrument? Do they love to sing?