It was time to sing. As someone who’d grown up learning music, making music and studying music therapy, I knew there were so many good reasons to sing to my baby. Every neuron in his brain was crying out for music. However, after about a month of “Humpty Dumpty,” “Twinkle Twinkle” and “”Row Row Row Your Boat,” I realised how limited my baby-music repertoire was. I needed help to retain my own sanity. So, I took my baby to early childhood music classes where I learnt a few more classic rhymes and rhythms.
During this season of my life, first with baby one, then two, three and four, I could see how much joy play-filled music experiences bought to my children. I started sharing my love of music and songs with others who were willing to join my own classes.
Here are five things I learnt along the way:
1. It doesn’t matter if you don’t sing “well.” Your baby is your numero uno fan. Time to let that voice open up.
2. Kids will move. It will seem chaotic, but that is exactly what it should be. Active and full of busyness.
3. The best learning takes place when it’s fun.
4. Everyone, and yes, I mean every human being, is musical. If you have a beating heart, you have rhythm.
5. The brain goes wild when music is in the air—especially if you are making music.
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