It must be realised that the first few years are particularly crucial for the child's intelligence development. The acoustic capability and learning of the mother tongue at a young age is very high, therefore that is a proper age to develop musical sensitivity as well. The value of music in our children's life, even since infancy, is being confirmed through research that constantly proves that music can entertain a child, as well as develop its skills, probably even its IQ, more efficiently.
In this effort, one should bear in mind six important elements:
1. Musical incentive: When a child is used to listening to music, this results into making music an indispensable part of their upbringing, but many times recalling pleasant emotions too. So, musical incentives play an important role from the child's birth and training can begin at the age of three or four.
2. Listening: Children learn to speak in an environment surrounded by speech. Thus parents can incorporate music in their environment so as for children to be able to absorb music, just as they absorb the sounds of their native language. When a child repeatedly listens to tunes that is about to play later on (i.e. on the piano) makes their learning much easier.
3. Repetition: When a child learns a new word they do not dismiss all the previous ones, instead they add it to their vocabulary and use them all in combinations. Similarly, children repeat every tune they gradually learn, using and constantly perfecting the technique they have originally obtained, as they enrich their repertoire. Introducing new technical skills and musical meanings in the general framework of known songs makes them easier to understand.
4. Encouragement: As with language, a child's effort to learn a musical instrument needs praise and encouragement. Each child progresses at their own pace, acquiring each new element one after another. That generates a feeling of satisfaction to all directions, children, parents and teachers. It also creates an atmosphere of whole-heartedness, generosity and cooperation, as children are being encouraged and supported on every effort.
5. Delay in reading: Reading is taught to children after they have already learned how to speak. It is therefore very important that the musical skills of a child are developed before they learn how to read music. This tactic gives parents (in their role as teachers), professional teachers and children the ability to focus on the development of good instrument handling and beautiful sound and an overall good attitude towards music.
6. Gradually enriched repertoire: Children do not practice in order to speak, contrarily they learn how to speak by using the language in order communicate and express themselves.
Through a systematic teaching guide of Musical Pre-education on the piano, you can learn alongside your child the various musical concepts and obtain skills within the broader framework of music. A carefully selected sequence of songs on technique and musical development is presented. This solid repertoire provides children that want to accompany and play music like the elders with strong motivation. Children will enjoy listening to you and you will be the most advanced student at all times, whilst being a teacher to your children's eyes. They will share each challenge and will appreciate your every effort. For beyond the knowledge you provide them with, you also give them time spent together. Quality time, the amount of which remains a constant, makes your children trust you and create a feeling of safety on all levels.