Recognize the Musical Gift in Your Child With These 5 Signs
It might be distracting, but that constant finger tapping that your child does while listening to his favorite songs might be indicative of his musical gift.
Professor Howard Gardener’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences indicates that musically intelligent people have the ability to enjoy, create, and express musical forms. They are extra sensitive when it comes to the rhythm, timbre, and melody of the music they hear.
Wondering if your child possesses the penchant for sounds and music? Answer these questions to help you spot your child’s musical potential:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, we may have different tastes in music, but there are common responses when we listen to it. Babies are soothed by lullabies, for instance.
Musically talented children exhibit a different reaction. While others may be unable to concentrate while listening to music, children with a musical gift may find it more natural to study when there’s background music.
Musically gifted children retain new information using a powerful mnemonic device—by putting facts into a song. Studies show that music can enhance attention, especially for academic tasks that are considered boring, like memorization. If you hear him singing the multiplication table, chances are he is using music to learn—and retain this information.
Music-smart children are attuned to patterns, rhythms, and melodies. They find it easy to remember a tune even if they’ve only heard it a few times. Their musical intelligence also gives them a keen sense of hearing patterns of sound in the environment. Your child in particular may be able to easily catch an out-of-tune F string on a guitar or a pitchy singing note.
Their affinity to rhythm also makes them better writers and poets, as their musical gift influences how they craft rhyming lines and melodious sentences. A study published in the Research in Language journal concluded that musical aptitude has a positive effect on learning a foreign language.
Even without formal training, musically talented children can play musical instruments by ear. That means that many of them no longer need formal training as they can figure out a musical instrument on their own. Check if your child is able to pick out the sound of different musical instruments while listening to a song.
Creating music is a musically gifted child’s go-to channel for emotional expression and release. When he’s feeling sad or happy, he turns to his favorite musical instrument to express what he’s feeling. You may even notice it in the little things, like whenever he’s tapping his fingers to a beat without realizing it.
Now that you’ve identified the signs, it’s time to develop your child’s musical aptitude with the following activities:
Play songs and music together. Performing action songs engages not only your child’s musical ability but also his body. Another fun way to do this is by singing karaoke together.
Read poems and nursery rhymes out loud. Rhyme and meter are inherent in poems and nursery rhymes, so reading them aloud can help your child enhance his musical gifts. You may also write poems, raps, and jingles with your child.
Introduce him to various musical instruments. Allow him to pick the sound he likes best. Don’t forget to give him compliments and other positive reinforcements to encourage him to nurture his musical talent.
Watch videos, plays, and musical performances together. Expose your child to different types of music to develop his musical appreciation and expand his horizons. You can do this by simply tuning in to various radio stations, as well as attending concerts and musicals.
Once you spot your child's gift, you can unlock his musical potential not only with exposure to music but also with a healthy lifestyle and diet that supports growth and mental development. By including good nutrition in the equation, you are helping nurture his gift, and ultimately, bring out the best in your child.
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