What do Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and almost every other famous composer/performer have in common? They all had talented musicians for parents that taught and exposed them to music from birth. In our modern culture it’s very rare that you hear of a child starting with music classes before the age of 5. Experts agree that from birth to the age of three is a unique window of opportunity of enhanced learning capabilities that will never be available again. Why do we wait so long to start music lessons then? You don’t have to wait any more, music education can start at birth, giving your child a huge head start.
Most people think that playing a musical instrument makes you smarter. Musicians use it as a badge of honor. Because of this belief, almost every parent wants their children to take music lessons. But is it really true? What does “smarter” even mean? If your child takes music lessons, they’ll get into a good college and get a good job right? Well maybe, maybe not. Regardless of if music lessons actually make you smarter, that really shouldn’t be the only motivating factor in giving your children lessons.
Your kids are taking music lessons, so you finally get a break for an hour right? Wrong! In my many years of teaching, I can only think of one or two parents that have actually sat in on music lessons. Usually this lasts for the first month or so, and then the parent decides everything is going well, so why not spend that time doing other things? There are a lot of reasons why you should always be there for the lesson. Here are only a few.