Fun ways to help kids 'rock out' to classical music
It’s hard to imagine, but there really was a time when classical music was the popular music of the day. Haydn, Beethoven and the boys were the “rock stars” of their time. If music fans wanted to hear the latest and greatest music, they ventured to the nearest church to drink in the sounds of these classical greats.
Today, due to the pervasive nature of current popular culture combined with budget cuts in fine art programs at schools, too many children are growing up without any exposure to classical music and its developmental benefits. Parents are now realizing that if they want this exposure for their children, they must find fun and educational ways to integrate classical music into their family’s everyday routine.
This isn’t to say that popular music is not important for a child’s development; it certainly is. But what classical music offers that popular music lacks is the portal leading back in time via the composer. Children can learn so much about important historical happenings simply by learning a bit more about a composer. The textures, form and historical context of classical music provide a unique setting for learning. What’s more, listening and moving to classical and romantic-era music and identifying with the emotions being expressed can serve as a starting point for engaging children in discussions of their own feelings and emotions.
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