How do I Promote Musical Development?

By Jo Ann Vick


I have talked to adults who are keen on getting formal musical instruction for their children because
their son or daughter expressed an interest and aptitude for music. They want a musical education
for their children because they never got the opportunity for it when they themselves were young.
Their parents didn't see the importance of pursuing musical education for them while still at a young age,
and in most instances they lost interest in learning.

I always stress the importance of having early informal musical experiences from about 18 months
to 3 years of age, and starting formal experiences around 5 or 6 years. There are many books available
that elaborate on the importance of developing a listening vocabulary of music.
They reveal studies that show the effects of music activity on the young brain, and provide
recommendations for music to share with your children.

My hope is that the list below will be the catalyst that inspires you to start thinking of musical involvement
sooner for your children, rather than later.

Good Music, Brighter Children by Sharlene Habermeyer

The Mozart Effect for Children by Don Campbell

Music with the Brain in Mind by Eric P. Jensen

Keeping Mozart in Mind by Gordon L. Shaw

Jo Ann Vick is a private piano instructor with 20 years of training and performing experience
and has a home based studio in Frisco, Texas. Her mission is to develop in others, a love
for playing the piano. Her website is located at

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