Besides toys with a musical appeal – instruments, buttons that make sounds when pressed, telephones, etc. – it’s important to encourage the child’s interest in music through singing. During this phase, when language is still developing, the best bet are nursery rhymes with funny wordplays, such as “head, shoulders, knees and toes”. Or even ones where the baby can follow through with gestures or by dancing, such as “itsy bitsy spider”.
Imitation – the height of this developmental phase – can be stimulated through music about animals (Bingo the dog is a classic!), that teach the sounds and gestures animals make. It’s important that you also sing and dance along, to encourage the occasion even more. As your child grows up, invest in songs with lyrics the kids can follow along with. An important tip: just because you have a small child inside your home, that doesn’t mean the whole family should be forced to listen to kids music all the time. You should put on some of the beats you like to listen to and enjoy them with your child. The more options available to the child, the better their repertoire will be in the future.
When it comes to teaching your child to play an instrument, it’s crucial to contain your anxiety and wait just a little bit longer. Music classes benefit the brain, but these benefits will only happen after the three-year mark, when certain learning capabilities begin to mature.