Over the course of their childhood children will pick up a variety of different interests. During the elementary school ages they may want to explore sports, arts, music and more.
While it is true that most official teams and groups won’t be able to be joined until high school (possibly middle school for some things) it’s never too early to start encouraging your child’s interests.
Today, I wanted to share with you some tips for encouraging your child’s musical interests in case they’ve started showing interest in music and you’re unsure how to help them take it to the next level.
Let them explore different musical instruments
During the toddler stages it’s not uncommon for kids to express interest in different musical instruments. However, as they advance throughout their childhood you may notice that they start expressing interest in more specific things.
For example, my oldest son took up an interest in drumming after he received a play drumset and that resulted in him joining the first elementary school drumline in our area. Now that he’s going on to middle school he has signed up for band where he plans to expand his drum skills even more.
My youngest son, on the other hand, is still finding his way with what he wants to master musically. He initially started out with a thing for guitars, but now he also has become quite good at playing the drums. However, the other day I did see him pick up his old guitar, which at the moment doesn’t work so I have been researching acoustic electric guitars for him to possibly surprise him on his birthday.
Then, of course, there’s my middle son who has done cymbals and drums, but doesn’t seem to find either to be the best fit, but loves using the drumsticks on the drum pad to make beats. I’m not sure what way he’s going to go with his musical interests yet though and that’s okay because this is the age range for them to explore different musical instruments and find out what their musical interests are.
Expose them to different types of music
Playing an instrument isn’t the only way that children express their interest in music. For some children they want to explore their singing and dancing interests.
To help encourage your child’s interest in songwriting or chorography you can expose them to different types of music and see what they relate to best.
My kids are pretty much very diverse as they listen to hip hop one moment and next they’re singing country songs.
Show interest in their musical interests
Showing interest in your child’s musical interests is what’s going to keep them motivated to want to keep following their interests AND who knows what it could turn into down the line.
I paid attention to my oldests son’s interest in drums and it resulted in him learning a new skill and being a part of the start of something amazing in our area. Plus, it also resulted in his brothers joining the drum line too.
He’s now going on to do band in middle school as a result and maybe he’ll keep it up until high school and beyond. It’s a great way to keep him busy and out of trouble as he gets older.
Sign them up for music lessons
Once your child has decided what musical interest they want to purse, whether it’s dancing, singing, playing instruments, etc, sign them up for lessons to help them hone their musical skills.
However, before doing so, it’s important to make sure that they understand that they will be committed to doing the lessons for the duration of the contract signed and to be sure that it’s something they want to pursue.
Support their early musical interests
Kids are always looking for their parents support. Whether it’s going to their performances, sitting in on some of their practice sessions at home, or just asking them questions about how things are going musically, it means the world to them to have their early musical interests supported.
Yes, taking them to practices, signing them up for lessons, and purchasing what’s needed for their musical interests is important to, but your support is what they’ll remember most years down the line.
Conclusion: You can start encouraging your child’s musical interests before high school
High school is typically when school related musical groups can be joined, however, you don’t have to wait until high school to start encouraging your child’s musical interests.
Whenever you see them start to take a serious interest in music go ahead and see what is available for their current age group to help them start honing their skills and by the time they do reach high school they’ll be close to an expert in their field.