If you are currently a grandparent, you may recall the popular television show of your own childhood, Sing Along With Mitch. The premise of the show was that people enjoy singing together, especially with popular music. Replete with lots of upbeat pop music, the show was a big hit it its era and kept many families sitting home in their own living rooms and enjoying songs together. March is Sing with your Child Month, and a very good time to consider introducing the love of song to your children.
Children naturally love singing
Children naturally sing if they are exposed to simple, catchy melodies and songs. Do not worry if their a bit pitchy or even off-note. The main thing is to get in the habit of exercising those vocal chords and enjoying their own voices. It is a way of celebrating life and also a way of lamenting loss and grief. This wonderful pastime may help children emotionally, too, as music is offered as therapy in many institutions.
With modern technology at our fingertips, it is easier than ever to help your grandkids learn to appreciate music and song. Some computers offer self-record programs like QuickTime so they can capture themselves singing. If you have a digital camera, it is also easy to capture those precious moments of the kids singing if yours provides sound and video; you can even post the song on YouTube or Facebook if you are so inclined and want to share with family and friends.
A house filled with music will encourage its appreciation
Having music playing in your home is another way to interest children in singing. Assign parts; you begin singing, then point to your grandchild to sing the next phrase. Alternating back and forth can add some interest to the enterprise, too.
Add some simple instruments. An old pot or coffee can might become a drum. Some rice in an empty plastic container becomes a shaker. Same-sized glass bottles can be filled with different amount of water to create different notes - tap gently with an appropriate wooden or metal tool.
Expose the children in your life to musical performances. Many cities offer children's concerts, music in the park, or street performers. And above all, sing! Leading by example is always best.
Music classes are held at Gymboree in Southlake at Northeast Tarrant County, Gateway Plaza
2960 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 170, Southlake, TX 76092 US
For very low cost music appreciation classes, look into Oak Baptist Church's weekly Mainly Music classes. The public is welcome and the cost is $1/session and includes juice and cookies. There are CDs (many are Christian in orientation) available online that will keep the preschool set singing along, too.