Children Deserve Musical Enrichment
Music has long been thought of as “extra-curricular”, but a case could be made that music is as important as Language or Math. When you think about it, music contains elements of both Language and Math. Music shouldn’t be thought of as an “extra” any more than the three “R”s.
Music is a language of it’s own. There are symbols to be interpretted into sound, just as with any other language. (think Hyroglyphics) Once you learn the language of music, you can write your own musical sentences, which put together can create a wonderful story that can make people laugh or cry or dance and sing.
Not only is music a language, but it’s a language of numbers. Eighth notes, quarter notes, whole notes, tempo changes…. it all adds up to needing to be able to interpret the written form so it can be communicated in it’s “sonic’ form. Interpretted properly, the language of music tells you not only what to ‘say’, but how fast or slow to ‘say’ it.
Children who are taught a different language when they are young are able to pick up new languages with less effort as they get older. This holds true for the language of music as well. Music has a leg up on any given spoken language though in that music can be universally understood by anyone speaking any language. Music is a universal language.
Music Instruction isn’t always as easy as passing on your love of music. There are some great programs out there helping parents do just that though. One truly fun music education tool that can help your children learn to play piano is Piano Wizard. Teaching your children to read, play and write music really can be as easy and as fun as playing computer games.
Just as a child first begins to learn his or her native language by ear, every musician must learn the language of music — pitch — BY EAR. After a child understands how to read and play music it can boost their musical understanding immensely to learn to recognize perfect pitch and relative pitch on their own.
If you could teach your child to ‘speak’ a language that anyone can understand, a language that can inspire emotion, a language that was spoken by greats like Mozart, Beethoven and Bach; wouldn’t you?