You now have this cuddly bundle of “yumminess” in your arms and you want to shower them with the best. You’ve heard it said that music will make them smarter, brighter, maybe even smarter than all the other kids. What should you do? Who should you call? Time is running out! They grow up so fast!
Well, the first thing you should do right now is slow down. This little human you are holding is already full of music and rhythm and is waiting to share it with you. You do not need to go anywhere. Not a good thing to say, since I do offer music classes for babies in my studio … But the only reason music teachers need to offer these classes is because parents no longer know how to live musically with their children. I will not deny the huge benefits of being in a group of people making music together, but that could also just be your family of two or twelve. Right now, just get comfortable holding your baby and singing a lullaby. What did your mom/dad/grandparent sing to you? If you only remember the tune, then just sing the song without words. Your baby does not care about the words. This baby only wants to hear your voice. If you really want the words you can search online and if you would like to sing along with someone (plus a video to inspire you) click here.
“But I can’t really sing”, I hear you say. So what? Your voice is the voice your baby wants to hear. It is the voice they know. It is the voice that has surrounded them since conception. There will be a time later on when you can join a class and improve your listening in order to sing on pitch. However,the most important thing to do right now is to sing to your baby. Enjoy it. Love it. Make it a ritual. Make a connection a connection that will last a lifetime.
This is the beginning of music education.