It is really easy to amuse a toddler with music and it can be any kind of music, either a fun and silly children song like “Wheels on the bus go round and round” or a popular pop song nowadays. The moment a tune catches the toddlers’ ear, they will react to it by stomping the feet and tapping their toes while jumping up and down and shaking their bodies. For the average toddlers, everything only stops at simple reactions: they will not try to keep the tempo of the music or sing a single note, and will most likely bump into their friends while dancing along to “Five little monkeys jumping on the bed”. However for a musically gifted child, he is in most case more developed in these areas. Your carpet ape who can create a random beat with your pots or his toys may have all the potentials of a drummer in a rock band. Check out this step-by-step instruction below to know if your toddler has what it takes to become a musical talent in the future.
Step 1: Notice How Your Baby Moves
The Talent Identification Program at Duke University once published a study in the “Digest of Gifted Research” , which says that young children with musical advance are apt to move in a rhythmic way. The way they tap their toes and fingers, sway or walk around is often in sync with the music, either the one they are listening to at that moment or those which they may have heard earlier. When listening to a song, a musically gifted toddler will instinctively play a drum or tap a tambourine in tune with the beat of the song.
Normally a child can play or rhythmically accompany music in time when he reaches the age of 3; however if your child is smaller than that yet having already demonstrated the ability to keep time quite often, he may pursue a natural musical talent which can be developed more in the future.
Step 2: Listen to What They Have to Tell You
Kids love talking about their experiences and listening to what they have to say is one thing parents should do in order to get a hint of what your children is capable of. Some children love talking about what they play and some may prefer to spend their time on observing others… For children with musical talents, they often pay more attention to sounds than images and even be more aware of it than other children. Listen to your children and notice how frequent it is for them to talk about the noisy street, drizzling sound of the rain, the bird singing or the music they heard somewhere…
Step 3: Do Some Small Tests at Home
You can start by playing some music for him and see if he knows or expresses any emotions when an instrument is misplayed. Sing him a simple song while purposely making a mistake in the melody to check if he can notice something wrong as that is what a musical talent will do. Then you can ask him to repeat a melody he has heard because musically gifted kids can quickly and easily catch onto it. Another sign is shown in how good your children are at mimicking the instruments played in a tune.
Step 4: Let Your Child Play With Instruments
You can give your child a piano performance and then encourage him to try playing it. He may just sit there and enjoy the sound each time he presses a note; however a musical talent will try to imitate or reproduce a beat or a song that he has heard (his perfect pitch
is being developed). Some children even naturally come up with a wonderful melody which may surprise everyone. (You may want to record every moment of your child and show it to him later. He will definitely enjoy it!)
Step 5: Seek Help From a Professional
In this last step, you will need to confirm your kid’s talent with the evaluation of a professional. Look for someone who is an expert in this field! They can be either the music teacher in your town or a professor teaching at a university majoring in music near your house. You can call them and ask if they can help you with determining whether your young one is musically talented or not. If it is confirmed that your child is exceptionally gifted, you may want to sign him up for music lessons (singing or instrument class) and enroll him in a school which is specially designed for the gifted.
Bottom Line: Let Your Children Grow Up as They May!
Even if your child possesses an extraordinary talent for music, it is still important to give him a chance to grow up like a normal child – with all the fun games and without a tight schedule of everyday practice. Many gifted children were recorded to have grown up to become normal people. When being asked, most of them expressed the tiresome of everyday learning and practicing during their childhood. Developing your child’s talent while giving him the freedom he deserves and you will never have to be regretful later!