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Ten Top Tips for Parents to Teach Kids Music

September 8th, 2023 | 2 min read

By Adam McCulloch

Ten Top Tips for Parents to Teach Kids Music

Nurturing a child's musical abilities at home is a rewarding endeavour that fosters creativity, cognitive development, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts. While enrolling kids in formal music lessons are valuable, parents can also play a pivotal role in cultivating their musical talents right at home. In this article, we'll explore ten top tips to empower parents in teaching music to their kids, creating an environment where the love for melody and rhythm can flourish.

1. Create a musical environment

Immerse your home in music.

Play a variety of genres and styles, from classical to contemporary, fostering a diverse musical palette. Encourage discussions about what they hear, and let them express their preferences. This helps kids to develop their musical taste and awareness.

2. Make music a daily ritual 

Incorporate music into daily routines. Whether it's singing during bath time or playing background tunes during meals, these small moments build a consistent musical foundation that enhances their understanding and appreciation.

3. Start with singing

Singing is the most accessible way to introduce kids to music. Sing lullabies, rhymes, and songs together. Singing enhances vocal skills, helps them understand melody, and improves their ear for pitch.

4. Engage with instruments

Introduce age-appropriate instruments. Consider options like rhythm sticks, shakers, and even homemade percussion instruments. Let them experiment and explore the sounds these instruments create.

pBuzz Dad with Kids
5. Incorporate movement 

Combine music and movement for a holistic experience. Dance to the rhythm, clap to the beat and encourage creative expression through physical motion. This helps kids internalize rhythm and develop coordination.

6. Explore musical games

Engage in musical games like "Simon Says" with musical actions or "Musical Chairs." These games make learning fun and develop their understanding of musical concepts in an interactive way.

7. Create a mini music corner

Designate a space for musical exploration. Provide a variety of instruments, books about music, and materials for creative projects. Having a dedicated area can inspire them to independently engage with music.

8. Encourage creativity 

Encourage kids to create their own songs or melodies. Offer prompts and let them explore their musical ideas freely. This nurtures their creativity and confidence.


9. Use technology wisely

Utilise apps and online resources that offer interactive music lessons. Ensure the content is age-appropriate and aligns with their musical interests. Technology can be a valuable tool to supplement their learning. You can find more apps in our article about using AI to learn music.

10. Lead by example

The most influential lesson you can give is by being an active music enthusiast yourself. Play an instrument, sing, or even hum along to your favourite tunes. Your enthusiasm will inspire your kids to embrace music wholeheartedly.

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Teaching music at home is a beautiful journey that fosters a deeper connection between parents and children. By creating a musical environment, integrating music into daily life, and offering diverse learning experiences, parents can help unlock their children's musical potential.

Through these ten tips, parents can instil a lifelong passion for music, nurture creativity, and cultivate a harmonious bond that resonates through the power of melody and rhythm.

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Adam McCulloch

Adam is the Content Manager at pBone Music. This should mean that he’s the ideal person to write about himself, but he finds boasting in the third person a little awkward. He honed his word wizardry with a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds. He has since written copy for clients and businesses across the land, from awards to something beginning with “z”. He also spent a number of years as a musician. He has written pop songs and even jingles for kids, performed more first dances at weddings than you could shake a pBuzz at, and once played a gig for a pie company at The Etihad Stadium in Manchester. When he’s not reminiscing about those good old days, you might find Adam enjoying the football (although as an Everton fan, that can be difficult). He also loves spending time with his partner, Jen, and his family and friends, and sincerely hopes they feel the same way.