Music is full of virtues. It soothes and relaxes, but can also stimulate and (re)awaken. It can be listened to or played, alone or with others. And above all, it is accessible to everyone... and at any age. Do you want to let the musician in you express himself? Would you like to discover the joys of music? Or introduce your children to this art? Discover all there is to know about music education, for young and old.
At what age should I start?
Parents often wonder at what age to introduce their children to music. But in fact, musical awakening begins at birth - even during pregnancy - when you sing nursery rhymes or play lullabies to your baby. This first familiarization with the world of music is essential to develop his sound experience. Later on, your baby will naturally imitate those around him, especially by humming or singing.
Similarly, some toys (like rattles) are similar to musical instruments. By shaking or tapping them, your baby will play music in a way. Later, you can even offer your baby some age-appropriate musical instruments (xylophone, maracas, drums, bells, etc.).
We often talk about children's musical awakening, but adults can also be introduced to music: there is no age to start. Whatever your age, you can learn the basics of music, tame an instrument or learn to sing. If you want to, it's possible!
Musical awakening: which approach to choose?
In concrete terms, musical awakening can be done in many ways: playing an instrument, singing (alone, in a choir...), dancing or listening to different melodies... All these approaches allow to get familiar with music and bring complementary benefits. Among them are self-confidence, self-expression, communication, concentration, listening and even empathy.
The choice of method will depend on the age of the person, his/her level and his/her tastes. In particular, collective musical awakening is interesting for the very young. In this case, body expression or singing is preferred. Plan short sessions: the attention span of toddlers is very limited!
From the age of five, children can also begin to learn basic musical concepts (rhythms, timbres, etc.) and be introduced to some instruments. Moreover, musical performances - improvised or not - are also an excellent way to awaken a child to music.
For adults, the musical awakening can be a little more complex, without forgetting the playful aspect. If you want to learn to play an instrument, a good option is the tongue drum. Very intuitive and easy to learn, it can be played with the hands or with chopsticks (recommended for novices). It will help you get familiar with the notions of notes, tempo, rhythm, etc. And thanks to its design that prevents you from making false notes, you will be able to play harmonious melodies easily.
Whatever the age of the audience, the main thing is to mix pedagogy and entertainment, so that the musical awakening remains playful and pleasant.