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Is My Child Musically Gifted?

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.

 

 

 

 

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Jessica Peresta

I am a wife, mom of 3 boys, pianist, and music educator. Every child should be given an opportunity to learn music through lessons (traditional or online), home music education, and in the schools.

34 thoughts on “Is My Child Musically Gifted?

  1. My daughter started playing the cello at the beginning of the year. She absolutely loves it. She doesn’t mind practicing at all and actually does it on her own without being reminded.

  2. My daughter is only a toddler, but loves music already. She is a great ear and recognizes songs rigght away. This post is very interesting and I will refer back as she grows and develops her music abilities.

  3. Oh, wow! This was perfect timing for me to read. I love how you state that every child should be taught music. I’ve been contemplating piano lessons for my kids at some point in the near future. What age do you think would be a good age to start that?

    1. Hey! So I always suggest to parents that they start their kiddos in lesson when they begin learning how to read. There are teachers who will teach preschoolers though, but I feel like the kids get more out of lessons when they start around 5 or 6. I have a beginning piano course coming out next week by the way!

  4. My son loves his toy drums so much! Maybe he will be a drummer? haha he is only 1.5 so no telling yet but hopefully he is good at music. His father and I are NOT!

  5. I’m very curious to see my daughter’s music talents as she grows up. She has been “conducting” along with the Little Einsteins since she was very little, and she recognizes so many composers, songs and instruments. I’m curious if she will continue with this passion for it!

  6. I would love to teach my niece a musical instrument – but I’m not musically inclined. Thank you for this interesting post. xx

  7. Two of my kids started singing recognizable and in-tune songs by the time they were 14-15 months of age. Both were also obsessed with music from newborns. My other two kids didn’t start singing recognizable tunes until they were over 3, but are still musically gifts-just not as much as the other two.

  8. I think understanding that it takes time is key for many parents. Even if you have a nudge they are moving down the musically gifted path, time can be your friend here. Great insight! 🙂

  9. These are great tips. My daughter has been playing piano and violin for a few years now (on and off) and I can’t get her to practice violin anymore….Perhaps it’s just not her thing although her teacher says she has a talent

    1. It is so frustrating when you see the talent, yet they just don’t want to practice. I have a son just like that. I quit piano and then realized how much I missed it and came back to my mom and asked her if I could get back in lessons after taking a year off.

  10. I grew up very sad that my parents didn’t get me into music sooner. Soooo I’m wondering WHEN I should put my son into music lessons!!!

  11. Love this!! My four year old daughter loves to sing (although, I wouldn’t say she is exactly on key 😉 ). Both my girls love “playing” the piano. I hope to get my four year old into lessons one day (but we also swim and take dance, so I don’t want to over do it).

  12. My son just turned 5 and we believe he is musically gifted. Since he was a baby he’s always loved music. By the time he was 2 he was already conducting the Star Wars sound track. Now he does it in the right time signatures and tempos. He can sing any song he hears perfectly on pitch, or when he hears it’s wrong he can fix it. He’s had even started making up his own parodies. My husband and I aren’t vocalist, we were both in band and he’s a band teacher. Where do we go from here? We are getting him a piano in a few weeks. He loves all things music. His first love was March bands, specifically Drum Corps so teaching him some interments is a given. But he’s also on the autism spectrum, high functioning. What’s the next step? How can we build on this?

    1. Hi Deven! That is amazing how your son conducted the Star Wars sound track by 2. Wow! How amazing! I also love how he can sing songs with perfect pitch. I was also in band and not a vocalist just like you both and also have a high functioning autistic son. I would suggest that if he’s already showing an interest in music, then definitely get him in piano lessons. He would do so great at it! I think from here, he will maybe want to learn other instruments or go on to keep learning more piano. If you are interested, I do offer a beginning piano course for kids. Let me know if you have any more questions!

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