Dear MTH blog readers,
It has been a while since I last posted! I hope everyone is doing well. My life has changed tremendously since last October – I gave birth to my first child! I have been enjoying the joy of motherhood 🙂
As music teachers, I am sure we all agree that music education is one of the greatest gifts we can give to children. My daughter is almost 7 months old now. I first sat her down in front of the piano when she was 4 months old. We do a lot of singing, sometimes she listens to me play while I wear her in a baby carrier, and sometimes I hold her tiny hands and we play simple tunes.
Many of you probably have experience teaching your own children. What were your challenges? I have taught some students whose parents are music teachers themselves, and I often wonder if I would send my daughter to another teacher when she is old enough for formal lessons. What about those movement classes? I know there are Music For Young Children, Kindermusik, MusikGarten, etc. Anyone has any experience with those? As a busy private studio teacher, I never explored those programs, but now that I have a little one, I am contemplating becoming a teacher for one of these early childhood music systems.
I welcome your suggestions and advice! If you are interested, I have set up a Facebook page where I am sharing my experience as a new mother teaching her daughter to appreciate music and play the piano. I hope to hear your feedback!