Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music

Valley Family Fun: Introduce your Kids to Music
By Laura Churchill Duke

As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on!”
Music does wonders for your soul, not to mention your brain development!

It’s never too early to start introducing your children to music. When they are in the womb, they will start to recognize their mothers’ voices, so sing to them often. Once they are born, keep singing to your baby! It doesn’t matter how good you are. Make up the words if you have to! Just keep singing!

There are several music or rhyme-time classes for babies. These are available through most Valley libraries, or the Kings County Family Resource Centre in Kentville. Children as young as two can be registered for more formal music classes such as KinderMusik or Music for Young Children.

If you are interested in having your kids learn an instrument like piano, guitar, or strings, there is a list of teachers on ValleyFamilyFun.ca under Arts and Clubs/Music. There is something for everyone in every region of the Valley! Or, perhaps your child wants to join a choir, an orchestra, or a band! There are listings for those, too!

In the Valley we are so lucky to have so many options. Research each class and teacher. Talk to other parents for recommendations. Also, think about what your and your child’s goals are for the lessons. Ask lots of questions!

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