5 Types of Musical Activities for the Whole Family

Simple, Fun Ways to Teach Your Children the Love of Music

Strike up the band! Try fun musical activities for kids of all ages that develop their creative talents and enrich their love of learning. These five types of musical activities will hit the right note with every child and grow them into music lovers as adults.

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    Music Classes

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    Tap into your child's musical genius or at least have fun trying. With music classes designed for both of you, you'll sing, dance, play instruments, rock your child, clap your hands and more.

    Newborns can begin their musical journey in age-appropriate classes. Other classes cater to toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. If you have multiple children of various ages, you can even find programs that will let all of you participate in one class together. Be sure to ask about a free...MORE introductory class too so you can find the right program for your family.

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    Share Music with Kids

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    Shuffle your kids' playlists to expand their musical knowledge. Expose them to music they've never heard before while getting the whole family involved.

    Grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends all get to play along in this musical activity that teaches kids about a variety of music, the musicians and the history behind the music genres.

    Have your family make their own playlists of songs they grew up listening to and then have them share that music with your kids. Really let your children...MORE learn to appreciate that music by encouraging your family to talk about their memories from those decades. For example, what song did Grandma and Grandpa first hear together? What song was popular the year you were born?

    Your children get to experience music from a variety of genres, thanks to the people who love them the most. Besides knowing you're bringing your kids an enriching musical experience, there's something in it for you too. Two words: theme night.

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    Make Your Own Music Instruments

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    March to the beat of a homemade drum or rock out with a shoe box guitar. You only need a few household items to make your own musical instruments. As you introduce your kids to musical instruments, teach them about each instrument. Take the learning one step further by listening to music that features their new instruments and quiz them on what they've heard. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort to hit the right chord and start teaching your kids about music. Once you open that musical...MORE door, your kids will want to learn more. 

    Making your own instruments is a wonderful introduction to the fun of music. And then you can apply that interest to real-life instruments and the people who play them. Many symphony orchestras offer free events in the park. This is the perfect place to take your kids so you can show them the real versions of the instruments you've been making and playing at home. Watch your kids. They'll surprise you by knowing more than you think! Check your local symphony orchestra for these special events that bring the whole family together for an evening of musical fun.

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    Play Musical Games

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    Get up and get moving. Enjoy musical games for kids that show them how to have fun while developing a love of music. Dance, sing, jump, freeze and more, all with the goal of building your child's musical talents. Record instrument sounds and play them back to see if your child can get the answer right.

    As an added bonus, music games burn off that bottled up kid energy and you get to play along too! It's a great way to spend quality time with your kids while encouraging a life-long love of...MORE music.

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    Enroll in Formal Musical Training

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    Are you raising a musical prodigy who's only 3 years old? Do you simply want an after-school activity for your 10 year old? As your child's interest in music grows, you'll be wondering when you should enroll him in formal musical training. There are several factors to consider as you decide what age is best to sign up for formal music lessons, with many of them based on each individual child.

    Lessons will vary based on where you live as well as the teacher's credentials. For...MORE example, a piano teacher with a master's degree in music is going to charge more than a high school student. Contact the music department of local colleges and music stores to get a list of potential music instructors for your child.