Music is to the soul what food is to the body and should play an integral part of a child's life from conception. Children thrive in environments where all art forms are respected and creative thinking is nurtured. For this reason I encourage parents to:
-play everything from Bach to the Beatles at home and in the car from newborn on
-sing together at bedtime to 'bond' and for the calming affect
-engage in a silly dance while listening to something upbeat to make the experience fun and organic
-leave instruments around the house such as a drum-set, percussion instruments or an electronic keyboard so they may experiment freely on their own
-have them watch a rock concert or a symphony orchestra perform on TV or attend a live concert
It's not always about grooming the next Mozart or Miles Davis, but rather using the art form to connect the child to his/her authentic emotional, intellectual and spiritual self. If the child begins to express a deeper interest in playing an instrument, then finding the right teacher is the next step. Bottom line, it takes an enormous amount of thought and energy to shape a new life, and one of the most important gifts you can give your child is the 'permission' to think creatively so he/she will live his/her authentic life. Living an authentic life also promotes good physical health!