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What Instrument do our children learn first? Ukulele

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Ukulele? Yes. Ukulele. Why?

Here are the five reasons we start with Ukulele:

  1. It is an instrument readily available to purchase at any time online.
  2. It is inexpensive, $20 for a decent Ukulele.
  3. The instrument requires fewer refined motor skills. Very young children (3 years old for example) can comfortably pick it up and be taught how to hold it and play it without their needing to have such refined motor skills as are needed with say the recorder. It is a rhythm instrument.
  4. Music on the first day of lessons! Children can learn to play a strum the first day of lessons that they can sing along with. Since their vocals are already developed, it is only a matter of time before they connect the songs they already love to sing to the notes from the Ukulele. Then, they are making music along with Papa!
  5. The musical skills learned with Ukulele are easily transferred to other instruments they wish to learn later.

Classical Music Inspires Play-acting in Preschoolers and Toddlers

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Today we listened to Modest Moussorgsky’s The Great Gate of Kiev with some enthusiasm. Without mentioning the numerous positive benefits of classical music to children’s cognitive growth, I wanted to share how our children expressed their creativity while listening to a wonderful piece of music.

As a small foreword, we encourage storytelling in our household, both the readable variety and the spontaneous variety. Throughout the day, we will find our children telling one another stories that they have invented by piece-milling stories they have heard, and they will often listen to classical music and invent stories to match the mood of the music.

Today was certainly the icing on the cake in regards to these experiences! I had never heard “The Great Gate of Kiev” before, or at least not consciously. The children most energetically with their costumes and all paraphernalia invented a great story to match the music in all its moods and changes. Boy 1 talked about a cow chasing a shake away, and Daughter 1 dreamed of princesses riding on horseback into the wind. They did not stop narrating and acting the entire length of the piece (almost 6 minutes), which was a great feat for a 4- and 2-year-old. I would highly recommend it as a nice addition to your classical music collection!