what instrument to start 2.5 year old on?
or is she to young?
, Feb 23 2013 11:38 PM
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:38 PM
We are wanting to start introducing DD to music other than seeing her dad play, playing with his instruments and listening..
What would you start on?
She can already hold a beat on her toddler drums and can follow instructions. We also want her to be able to read music.
Asking to much or good idea?
Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:52 PM
Maraccas? Kiddy drums??
Seriously though- I think she's too young.
Take her to a Mainly Music session:http://www.mainlymusic.org.au/
My DD loves these. Alternatively there's kindermusik.
Put pressure on her to 'learn' at her age and she may grow up to dislike music.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:09 AM
I would probably get her into a program like mini maestros if you want her to be musically minded. I think 2 years ols is a bit young to be specific about an instrument. The mini maestros program is heaps of fun for children and includes instuments, singing and dancing. As the children progress through the program they learn to read music.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:28 AM
Mum, who is a university-trained pre-school music teacher, recommends Mini Maestros:
From the website: http://www.minimaestros.com.au/program.php
"The Mini Maestros program has been developed over many years of trial and research. The music literacy component is based on Kodaly methodology and repertoire. The influences of the theories of Orff, Dalcroze and Suzuki are also evident. Much of the music is by local Australian composers featuring multi cultural influences."
22mo DS has just started going there and we enjoy it. At his age they are focussing on playing percussion instruments fast, slow, along to the beat and stopping when the music says. There is also singing and dancing.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:53 AM
Group classes are the way to go at this age. It's great that she has a strong sense of beat - now she needs to discover rhythm and in-tune singing so that when she starts an instrument (when she is physically ready and can concentrate sufficiently) all the basics are in place.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:17 AM
My 2 yo is doing kindermusik and loves it. He had a fabulous time , is definitely learning, and is being exposed to a huge number of instruments each week. We also have access to heaps of resources for things to do at home.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:28 AM
We do Do Re Mi music classes with both kids who are 4 and 1. They are also based on Kodaly.
I'd like Dd1 to start piano but that won't be until she is at least 6 or 7. Her teacher is adamant kids are too young before this age, and since she has a Masters degree in music, I trust what she says!
Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:52 AM
Both my kids started instruments at age 2. One cello, one violin.
If you're ready yourself, then go for it - the most difficult thing will be to find a teacher who is experienced in teaching 2 year olds. (Very rare!!) It's actually difficult to find a teacher who is even interested in teaching this age.
What state are you in? I might be able to help you find a teacher who knows what they're doing with this age group. Lessons and home activities need to be developmentally appropriate, and many teachers would try to teach a 2 year old in the same way as they teach a 4 year old (not gonna work).
* It's great to start young - my kids don't ever remember a time they didn't play an instrument. It's part of who they are.
* Expectations need to be VERY realistic. Really short lessons, for instance (eg 5 minutes) and very small steps.
* It has to be really fun - lots of games, etc.
* Don't let anyone tell you that starting young is "pushing". That's rubbish. (However, it would be "pushing" if you had unrealistic expectations.)
Many teachers will tell you a child isn't ready till they are 7. This is true in one sense... children aren't cognitively ready to learn to READ MUSIC until they are 7. So if a teacher is planning to teach music reading from the beginning, then you have to wait till age 7.
On the other hand, if you delay music reading till later, there's no reason why a young child can't learn to play an instrument.
Good luck! It's a wonderful thing to do.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:54 AM
I forgot to say... if you don't have an instrument in mind yet, find the right teacher first, and go with whatever instrument they teach!!
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:04 AM
We did Do Re Mi group classes, they were great.
I also have a big box of musical instruments at home that they can play with - I just put on music and let them explore.
I have things like wooden tone block, clave, different sized maracas, triangle, xylophone, shakers made of bottles ad rice, tambourines, etc.
My DDs are 1 and 4 and both enjoy the instruments.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:12 AM
Well there are lots of ways to look at it.
The way I see it, the first instrument creates the musician. Once they have studied that instrument for a few years, they will have a bunch of musical skills which can be easily applied to other instruments.
My violinist kid is doing a percussion group at school this year, and I've told her I'll buy a drum kit next year if she would like to take it further. She tinkers on the piano and has figured out how to harmonise simple melodies with a few chords. I also have a small guitar at home and she mucks around on that, and has taught herself 3 or 4 chords. She's using all those musical skills she is learning with violin, and applying them to other instruments.
My cellist kid is doing recorder at school, picking it up really quickly of course. I think she's going to want to add a woodwind or brass instrument in a couple of years - not sure yet which one she'll choose.
I think if we choose the first instrument based on what seems right at the time, then when they are older, they can take those skills and run in whatever direction they want. Folk music, rock music, orchestral, whatever they like.
Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:19 AM
What instruments does your DH play? From my experience and that of muso friends, kids who grow up around music tend to pick it up, it's kind of a family activity.
also depends on how serious you are about it. Percussion is always good for toddlers and lots of fun and noise. If you were super serious I would say piano. But have reasonable expectations. PPs have given some great points.
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