- Musical Listening Diet
Many “traditional” children’s songs have a similar sound when it comes to pitches and rhythms, but there is a great, wide world of music available to enjoy with your child! Early childhood is an important time to expose your child to a wide range of musical sounds, including a variety of instruments, styles, tempi (speeds), and genres. In addition to playing recordings geared toward children, also introduce your child to other kinds of music, such as jazz, blues, country, world music, and classical.
When selecting music to share with your child, variety is key. Select some music with children singing, some with adults singing, and some with just instruments. Pay attention to the kinds of music your child responds to, and incorporate these recordings into daily routines. Also, remember to sing to and with your child, in addition to listening to recordings.
What surprises you about your child’s musical tastes?