Is my child musically gifted? Should my child take music lessons? What if my child isn’t performing to their potential? I have been asked these questions over the years by so many parents. Music should be taught to every child, regardless of their natural talent or ability. There is musical talent built into every single child, whether it is playing the maraca or performing a piano sonata. There are some children though, just like any other subject, where music is something they are gifted in. These are ways to help those children reach their full potential.
Your Child Will Show Natural Talent
If your child is in a music class or taking private lessons, you may notice that your child is just naturally talented. They may pick up the concepts that are taught easily, breeze through the songs they are learning that week, or remember music facts better than some of the other kids. While listening to music in the car, they may hear a song one time and will then walk around singing the correct notes and words for the rest of the day. As a parent, this may baffle you, especially if you are not very musical yourself.
They Love Music
Children who love music will pursue it with such a passion you may not have even known was in them. They will practice without being asked (most of the time) and will enjoy different ways of experiencing music like producing, learning, writing, playing, and listening. If there is a choir, orchestra, or band concert, your child may hear about it and want to go. You might even notice your child walk through a store, hear music on the loud speaker, and stop to listen. This has happened to me so many times.
Giftedness May Take Time
Your child may not be like Mozart, who at 4 years old, could play piano fluently and was already composing. But, you may notice your child has a musical ear, has a desire to learn an instrument, or enjoys music. You may struggle with motivating your child to practice, but don’t give up. I notice that with some student’s, it just takes time for their passion to develop. As parents, just continue to encourage and motivate them to keep going. If you need a little help with motivating your child, I give some helpful suggestions in the “How to Motivate Your Child to Practice” video.
Lessons Are a Breeze
Your child might be the student that stumps the teacher. There are those kids who fly through the piano method books, will learn songs on their own, or finish their music theory “just for fun”. Teachers may have a plan to teach them similar to other students, but these kids just need more. So, week after week, the teacher gives the student’s more repertoire and the child exceeds expectations. These are obvious signs your child is a gifted musician.
They Are a Leader
If your child is in a music class, they might take on a leadership role. These student’s learn musical concepts like tempo, dynamics, style, intonation, and note and rhythm reading so easily that they genuinely enjoy helping others learn also. These kids will probably be future teacher’s, professors, or private lesson instructors.
Have you noticed signs that your child may be musically gifted? Are you a music teacher who has gifted student’s? What are your favorite ways to inspire these young musicians?
If you are a parent, student, or teacher who wants to learn more about music, connect with other musicians, or wants to post their latest videos of what they’ve been working on, I would love for you to join my Facebook group Music Education Connection. Collaborate, learn from each other, and grow new friendships. This is a place to receive encouragement, positive feedback, and to ask questions.