My fondness for music began as an unlimited, uncensored, exposure to music through all media. Radio music stations which were usually playing and available, in addition to records containing every musical style, were “exposed” my ears. These, along with a child’s normal attention and open imagination, would be the first stepping stones leading to the greatest appreciation of music.
Literally speaking, we’re residing in an incredible period of history. If, as we needed to visit audio libraries or purchase a plastic record in the past to hear any modern or traditionally classical work, the electronic media of present times has provided us with limitless possibilities available from numerous origins. Press a button and you have an endless selection of songs available to you with many artists and interpretations.
Certainly, quite often when parents of kids who are studying music, ask me how they and their children can expand their knowledge of music, I tell them that the answer is simple and inexpensive.
These are six methods of increasing a person’s musical awareness.
1. Expose yourself liberally to any electronic source of music.
2. Allow the music to accompany you everywhere, – in your car or at home, on cable TV. (On cable television, you may also discover various other fantastic stations of traditional music. The majority are audio, but one has audio and video, and it is named Mezzo.) A few of the radio stations’ advantages are the fact that it is user friendly. The station managers often select canonical works, so it’s super easy to become acquainted with all of the famous and important works. An added bonus is listening to the news several times a day, and keeping up on world events.
3. Select many traditional works which are narrated. This adds dimension to the music by infusing the insights of a seasoned musical professional. An expert can perhaps lecture about the composer and his inspiration to compose the music.
4. Attempt to hear consciously and introspectively to allow your inner self to feel the music. Try to appreciate the contribution of every individual type of instrument to the piece as a whole, and think about what feelings they cause to surface. Think about and feel the music even after the performance is over.
5. Lookup the composers on Facebook and Wikipedia or other websites. Try to look for various pieces written by the same composer and learn to listen for a particular composer’s unique musical style. This can permit the children to listen with higher consciousness and to get greatly enhanced information. It will also aid them in their quest to determine the nature of their favorite musical styles.
6. Your children should experience as many performances as possible. It should be possible to find several recordings and interpretations at multiple performances. I am confident you’ll find children in several locations shows. It’s nevertheless an excellent experience in the long run, even if the child does not have the stamina to sit all the way through it. You’ll observe that as their love for music evolves, they will find it interesting enough to stay through the entire show.
I will let you know that this is precisely what I do with my children and they equally adore a variety of types of music. They do not have a problem listening to the Beatles, Michael Jackson, or even to the fantastic pianist, Jarrett. They love to adjust the tonal settings on the radio themselves to enhance the listening experience.
We have the responsibility and opportunity to make great musical art available to our children.
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Go forth and enjoy the musical experience!