Starting to Teach Music to my Baby Boy

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Ali Emrah Candan said: Jul 19, 2016
 1 posts

Hello there,

I am writing from Turkey to find some answers on how to develop my boy musically.

My boy is a bit young right now, he is 5 months old but I already want to start making him absorb music and especially classical music and then when the time comes, switch to disciplined lessons.

I myself am an amateur drum player and I also know a bit about basic musical notions like notes, beats, clefs and so on. I couldn’t become a professional musician even though I wanted so much. I even had an attempt to learn cello which my teacher said that I was talented. But the life conditions didn’t allow me so I want to introduce my boy to music and lead him if he finally decides to take this path. I want him to be happy about what he is doing.

So please help and advice me on what I should do to begin with for my 5 month old baby?
And also what should I do when he comes to an age of taking lessons?

Note that, I already began playing babies tunes from Mozart and Bach and also sing to him myself.

Thank You.

Sylvia said: Jul 26, 2016
Sylvia Evert
Suzuki Association Member
Flute
Inchelium, WA
18 posts

I see you are already playing him music. That’s wonderful— probably the best thing that you can do right now.

Buy the Suzuki CDs and begin playing them when he naps, and as much as possible. Mix it up with other good classical CDs as well. My 2.5 year old has been listening since she was born. She doesn’t talk a lot yet, but she sings all the flute, violin and piano songs that she hears, and she sings in tune. She has a very good sense of beat and rhythm, even at age 2!

Paula Bird said: Jul 27, 2016
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

Here is a blog post I worked on to provide a list of really nice and affordable CDs to start a basic classical music listening library.

link

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
http://teachsuzuki.blogspot.com (blog)
http://teachsuzuki.com (podcast)

Alan Duncan said: Jul 28, 2016
Alan Duncan
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
63 posts

There is a growing body of research evidence that confirms the idea that very early exposure to active musical training from 6 months of age has lasting benefits. Listening is a key component of this approach as is very close parent involvement. As very young children begin to move about more and more, then incorporating movement and action along with music heightens these musical connections.

With that foundation, transitioning to a Suzuki music program would be completely natural. Our daughter began violin at 3 years of age. You mention the cello.

In any case, immersion is the key. Babies are immersed in a world of language; so they learn how to speak their native language. Babies who are immersed in music learn to “speak” music.

Phankao said: Jul 28, 2016
Phankao WanPiano, Viola, Violin
128 posts

Certainly as young as possible!

My youngest (now 7yo)—when he was only a few days old—he could recognise One Particular piece that my elder boy had been practising during my pregnancy—and had stopped practising when I was 5mths pregnant.

And he learnt it easily when assigned it last year, and performed it 2 weeks after being assigned. It’s a piece from a Board exam—grade 7.

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