It is the time of giving. Often it is the shiny packages or new electronic gadgets or games that get the attention of young children. The decision of what kind of gift to purchase for a young child or even a young adult can be difficult in the sea of all that is available these days. We would like to suggest the gift of music - a gift that will bring much fulfillment over their lifetime.
Helping to bring about the appreciation for music can be done by buying a ticket and taking them to a live performance. If you can, then take them to a few different events that cover a wide range of different types of music.
It need not be expensive either - there are many free performances at local colleges as those that are majoring in Music give recitals. There are also free opera performances or at least very discounted ones. In the Holiday season buying tickets to the Nutcracker is not a difficult task as local community ballet companies often take on the performance as a yearly project.
Nothing can bring about an appreciation for Music like a live performance, but exposure to a wide variety of Music is so important. Make an afternoon plan to share lunch together with the child and visit a local library and browse through all of the different books on Music or recordings that can be checked out.
A wonderful gift can also be a monthly gift of an musical instrument rental. Many music instrument stores have monthly rentals of child friendly instruments. These can introduce the child to a variety of musical instruments and you may just tap into a naturally born gift within that child! Music lessons are very affordable, invest in a few lessons or an entire year for the child!
Another way is to invest in a music player, such as an iPod. Don't just give the music player - instead preload it with a variety of different types of music so the child can experience the wealth of music available besides what is popular in today's music. Perhaps load the most popular songs from the year the child was born, when the child's parents were their age and even the tunes the grandparent's tapped their foot to while listening to the phonograph. Give songs that marked the eras of music such as the 90's, 80's, 70's and 60's. Give songs that made Broadway musicals popular, or artists popular. Soundtracks from movies they enjoy are also a great gift.
There are many ways to give the gift of music. In helping install a love of all types of music you start a child or even boost a young adult into a life of exploration of different cultures, an understanding of the times, emotions, events, and people. It can give them comfort, help celebrate an event, and bring memories at times in their lives. Giving the gift of music is a gift they will always cherish.
Give them music and you teach their soul to dance!