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To be perfectly honest, music is not required for you to have a relationship with your child. But, I can say it can be a WONDERFUL addition to your relationship. No, you don’t need to play an instrument or have vocal training to share music with your child. You do need a desire to interact (I) with you child, to share (S) with them, to experience (E) , and to explore(E). (Did you catch it?: I see!)

It appears music training may impact the aging process. So, maybe by sharing, experiencing and exploring music with your child you increase the potential for a positive future for both of you.

Songs are a great way to aid learning. Most of us learned our alphabet by singing the ABC’s. There are songs to sing with your child that cover a variety of topics like counting (example: learning to count to 20), geography (example: Seven Continents), songs that exist to make us laugh while we learn (example: Apples and Bananas), and more.

The best part of sharing music with your child is giving each other the gift of time interacting and making great memories.

March is a wonderful time to consider how you share music with your child. It is Music in our Schools Month. The National Association for Music Education has set a theme for 2012 as “Music Lasts a Lifetime”. As a music therapist working with preschoolers and older adults I think this is a WONDERFUL theme.

March is also “Sing with Your Child Month”. Many organizations from city libraries to private music instructors are observing this month.

These two March celebrations got me to thinking about the parents of toddlers. You sing the same song over and over with your child. You play a CD until it gets too scratched to play for the umpteenth time. You read and reread the same stories to your child. You love your child. You feel like things are on repeat. And, repeating is great for children. But, every now and then, we need and they need something new, something novel.

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