Great music is great music and any age can hear that.
I was doing one of my Dad Days a few days ago - my partner and I are both freelance & working from home requiring a dual childcare arrangement - and to liven things up a bit I put on the first CD to hand.
Which happened to be Michael Jackson’s Number 1s. To this day I feel uncomfortable about mixing children and MJ, but he’s not going to reach out through the CD player and offer me a pay-off is he?
Anyway - the immediate response was excitement and movement. The LO was off. ‘Don’t Stop’ was a dance hit. She’s only 7 months and needs hands held, but everything else was just fine by itself.
It was one of those events that reminds me that great music comes in all forms and appeals to all ages.
It reminded me that as part of being a nurturing parent it requires a bit of a thought about how the different roles of music play out in a child’s development. When, where, who and how are all potentially important and plan-able as any other stimulation activities…
I will expand on this in the next instalment…