Creative Ways by Helene Goldnadel to Supplement Your Child’s Music Class

You have signed your little one up for a music class, and they love attending. For that hour or half hour each week, your little one is free to dance, bang drums, squeal, and sing. They laugh, coo, stick out their slobbery tongue, and do many other adorable things that you do not get to see every day. If you learn how to supplement those weekly music classes at home, you could actually see all of those adorable behaviors on a daily basis. Following are some creative ideas suggested by Helene Goldnadel to get you started:

 

Create a Music Room

 

Part of what makes music class so fun is the assortment of instruments that children are exposed to. One week you may be banging drums together, but the next week you might be touching a banjo or listening to the guitar being played while you sing together. You can recreate that magic in your own home by setting up a music room of your own. Your baby will quickly associate that room with the happiness of music, and their faces will light up when the door opens.

 

It is expensive to do this, so focus on starting out with some cheaper, smaller instruments. Smaller children may even use pots and pans, wooden spoons, and other household items as starter instruments. You can find instruments at yard sales and on Craigslist as well. Build up over time and it won’t seem like such an enormous financial investment.

This could even be a section of your child’s room if you do not have an entire room to devote to music at this time.

 

Make a Daily Time for Music

 

Work music into your daily routine, so you are playing music and enjoying it at a given time each day. This might be listening to fun children’s songs in the bathroom during bath time (do not put it too close to the tub), or it might be dancing around the kitchen as you make dinner. Dinnertime is actually a great time for music, as your child will enjoy helping you cook as they grow older.

 

This should become a daily tradition, so music becomes a natural part of your little one’s world. Incorporate themes and lessons taught during your music class, and your child will quickly grasp what is being taught during those lessons.

 

Regular Talent Shows

 

Family talent nights are a blast for everyone! This is something a smaller baby may not completely grasp, but as they grow older, they will enjoy and look forward to performing on these family fun nights. You can do karaoke or have each person in the family get up and sing and dance to a song. You can do anything during your time “on the stage” and everyone’s eyes are glued on you.

 

This gives children a chance to process, practice and display things they are learning through their music class. Rather than just learning in the class then going home and forgetting music until next week, they will actually grow in their love of music as they get this performance experience in a safe, supportive environment. That will do wonders for their self-confidence and help them even in adulthood.

 

Think of your own creative ways to supplement the lessons being taught in music class. You will help them learn through music what other children may never learn at all.

Also read: Tips by Helene Goldnadel to Help Make Homeschooling Better

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What To Consider When We Explore Talent?

When exploring musical talent there are many aspects that one might consider. For the purposes of clarity on this let us consider for example a guitarist who has a tremendous amount of virtuosity and speed in his or her playing. The untrained audience’s initial perception would be that the talent of the player in question lies in the incredible speed at which scales and changes are executed. However on “closer inspection” one could find that the player has no feeling in playing a piece, and the interpretation and phrasing is cold and lifeless. The dilemma then lies in asking oneself whether we have witnessed true talent at all or simply talent for mimicking notes from an analytical perspective without the ability to interpret with creative genius.

 

Having said this there are many more aspects to consider that will depend on personal outlook and leanings of both audience and performers alike. In Classical music and for guitar in particular we could be listening to Bach’s violin concerto or the adaptation thereof for guitar in either its original tonality or predisposition key for guitar and if we did not understand Bach’s particular style we could judge any performance of this peace as cold and lifeless. Strict contrapuntal rhythm with seemingly very little room for expression is what would strike one almost as a prerequisite for playing such a piece.

 

However there are many aspects to the music by Bach of this period such as the preference for utilizing open strings to sound the notes which are characteristic of this period and contrapuntal music in general. Having said all this there are performers that will interpret Bachs music as expected for the period in which it was written and will be lauded for adhering to the rules for the period and style, and others that will add expression which is more suitable to the later Romantic period and to players such as Segovia with stretched pauses and emphasis. Either of these types of performers could be regarded as genius in their own right but only by part of the audience or followers however many they may be.

 

We also have the child prodigies that are considered to possess true genius as it were being able to play grade 8 pieces at ages as early as 12 or earlier. Here a distinction has to be made as it is known that a young mind is a super computer and sponge for new information and learning and often we find that once these prodigies have reached adulthood many are then found to be relatively mediocre performers, retaining the initial virtuosity in the playing, but due to greater expectations for their age group when it comes to expression through life’s experiences, lacking any warmth and feeling or character. And so although it may have been perfectly acceptable for the performer as a child not to express considerable feeling in the execution of a performance it is altogether a different matter once they are adults.

 

Also read: Helene Goldnadel Tips for Figuring Out Your Musical Talent

A Child’s Environment Does Influence Child Development

For a child’s development there are many factors that play an important role. Other factors that play a role in child development include social, emotional, and physical factors. If the child grows up in a negative environment, one that doesn’t provide emotional support and growth or one that hinders physical health, chances are it will negatively affect child development.

From birth to adolescence a child is influenced by their surroundings. If a child grows up in a home that is well off, they may not appreciate the hard work that goes into earning a dollar because everything was given to them. On the other hand, if a child grows up in poverty, he or she may never want things that have no significance on their life. Child’s growth begins immediately and it doesn’t stop until that child is ready. As a child grows up, he or she will learn to think, become aware of them selves, learn to reason, and master language. They develop their own personalities and they learn to socialize with many different people from friends, neighbors, family members, to teachers and preachers. What a child learns during child development will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Child development expert Helene Goldnadel believes that socializing is not just about playing with children from time to time, it is about learning to play, share, and to work out any differences. Not every child learns the same way or at the same pace as other children do however there are no restrictions and time lines as far as the body and mind are concerned. It is humans that have placed a timeline on when a child should develop and at what age. A child may be very shy or outgoing, a child may show advanced intellect or it may seem average. These are social skills that are a part of child development and begin immediately after birth as people surround that child with love. If a child is not surrounded with love or if the love is minimal, then that child will learn to only love back to a certain degree.

The environment can play an important role in child’s skill enhancement in so many ways. First there are hereditary traits that can affect a child. The way they talk, walk; their physique, cognitive thinking, and more can be due to their environment. Nutrition, medical care received, and exposure to environmental issues that happen all around the world.

The world inside and outside of the front door to a child’s home can affect the child development. For example, if a child sees their mom or dad get shot, it could send them into such a deep dark depression they may lock themselves into a world of silence because they don’t know who to trust and what is safe.

The environment is not the only thing that can influence child’s growth. A child can influence it as well. How they respond to people, activities, or their surroundings will be a key factor in their child development.

 

Also read: Factors Contributing to Child Development Discussed by Helene Goldnadel

Reading Help for Children with Auditory Processing Deficits

What is Auditory Processing Disorder?

 

Auditory Processing is a language processing disorder where a child has significant trouble processing sounds, particularly with the sounds associated with speech. It is a very common learning disability and affects about 5% of school-age children.

 

What is Orton-Gillingham?

 

Dr. Samuel T. Orton and Dr. Anna Gillingham developed the Orton-Gillingham approach in the 1930’s. In Orton-Gillingham reading is taught sequentially proceeding from single letters and symbols to one-syllable words and then to longer words. Multisensory approaches are emphasized throughout, with each step of instruction incorporating auditory, visual, and kinesthetic channels. Writing and letter formation are taught systematically, one letter at a time, and each lesson includes emphasis both on auditory and visual aspects of letters and words. Orton-Gillingham includes teaching visual strategies for recognition of phonetically irregular words, and also provides explicit, systematic instruction in the development of vocabulary and reading comprehension.

 

How does using an Orton-Gillingham reading/spelling program help a child with Auditory Processing Disorder?

 

  • Simultaneous Multisensory Instruction: Children with auditory processing deficits who use all of their senses when they learn (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic) are better able to store and retrieve the information. The child with APD might see the letter B, say its name and sound, and write it in the air all at the same time.
  • Intensive Instruction: Reading instruction for children with auditory processing must be much more intense, and offer much more practice, than for regular readers.
  • Direct, Explicit Instruction: Children with APD need to be taught directly and explicitly each and every phoneme (sound) of the English language. They must be taught one spelling rule at a time, and practice it until it is stable in both reading and spelling, before introducing a new rule.
  • Systematic and Cumulative: Orton-Gillingham starts at the very beginning and creates a solid foundation with no holes. It is taught by presenting one rule at a time and practicing it until the child can automatically and fluently apply that rule both when reading and spelling. Previously learned material is constantly repeated into each new lesson and students progress forward in their reading and spelling with no gaps.

 

Helene Goldnadel a life coach observes that children with Auditory Processing Disorder need more structure, repetition and differentiation in their reading instruction. They need to learn basic language sounds and the letters that make them, starting from the very beginning and moving forward in a gradual step by step process. This needs to be delivered in a systematic, sequential and cumulative approach. For all of this to “stick” the children will need to do this by using their eyes, ears, voices, and hands.

 

Also read: Helene Goldnadel Parenting Tips on Classroom Help For Children With Auditory Processing Disorder

Vocal Challenges in Children Discussed by Helene Goldnadel

Children’s voices are, or should be, instruments of natural expression. Helene Goldnadel a music teacher believes that most small children don’t need formal vocal lessons, unless there is a vocal challenge present that keeps them from singing what they want or need to sing. A child’s vocal issues usually come from trying to please well-meaning but misinformed adults, for instance:

 

  • The director of a musical production such as a choir, a play, or professional event such as a TV show may want the child to sing higher, lower, longer or louder than they comfortably can.
  • If the director knows good vocal technique and how to apply it to kids, this can truly be a vocal improvement opportunity for the little voice. If the director does NOT correctly understand the voice or how to communicate with children, this can turn into a nightmare. This is when wise parents look for corrective vocal training for their poor little one who has damaged his or her voice trying to do what has been asked.
  • Family and friends give attention and kudo’s to a child who loudly and passionately strains or screams to hit high notes. For these affirmations, the child tries to sing ever louder and higher.

 

Eventually the throat feels strained with every performance. Thinking vocal strain is normal, the child may stop wanting to sing for people. Sometimes they will be forced to anyway, this behavior mistaken for undesirable shyness. In the end, the little singer will either be carted to a good vocal coach to be re-trained or they will lose their voice and their love for singing to the point they no longer try.

 

What can be done to prevent damage or dysfunction in a child’s voice?

 

  • First of all, check to see if they are straining when they sing. Go to rehearsals and check for misguided choir directors and school teachers who sometimes encourage volume and power that little voices are not ready to generate. Add the stiffness and uniform stillness that is often encouraged in the posture and you have a recipe for disaster. If you observe a problem, respectfully bring it to the director’s attention. If the issue is not resolved and you fear your child will hurt their voice trying to please this director, pull them out of the program.
  • How can you tell if they are too loud? Does it sound like yelling? It may be cute now, but it may truly damage their voices. I had a girl who developed little blood blisters (the beginnings of nodes) by a few days of singing too loud. I’ve read that it is possible to develop this damage from just 20 minutes of over-blowing your vocal cords. (Hear that, little cheerleader??)
  • How can you tell if they are risking significant vocal impairment? See if you get them to make NON-BREATHY sounds in their head voice. Ask them to mimic Mickey or Minny Mouse. Then have them sing some little tune in head voice and see if they can clear up the breathiness. If not, they may need to be examined by a doctor- preferably one specializing in the child’s vocal apparatus. Look for vocal clinics, otolaryngologists and speech pathologists.
  • If they are yelling, the first thing to do is get them aware that their throat is feeling strained. Many times they don’t know there is another way. Have them sing at the wall with their head and heel against the wall so they can’t lean forward. Encourage them to stay flexible and to keep the chin level and floating. If they go for a high note and strain, suggest to them that they back off the volume so it feels better. Maybe put a book on their head so they won’t lift the chin too much. Very important: Ask them to sing from their eyes! Make it a game… keep them having fun.
  • Teach them the “Power, Path & Performance” vocal training method of “pulling” instead of “pushing” words.

 

The opposite vocal problem common children is having a weak voice. Shyness of personality, fear of being heard, and a dislike of the feeling of a tense throat can cause this.

 

  • First of all, talk to them and LISTEN TO THEM. Many times a child just needs to know his or her voice is valid and that someone wants to hear what they say or sing. This fosters a good relationship where they will trust what you ask them to do.
  • Next, have them pretend to sing to a stuffed animal or their real pet. Have them “sing a story”. (Try to make sure they choose songs they can relate to!!)
  • Teach them to open their arms out wide and take a breath in their belly. Then teach them to squeeze a horse or pillow with their legs for power. This tends to crack them up and is great fun. It will teach them to use the correct area of pelvic floor for power, while not squeezing in at the chest or throat.
  • And finally, help children pick good songs! Encourage them to write their own. They need to learn that singing is communication, and that what they want to communicate counts!

The Value of Sing Along Songs for Kids

Most children love singing, dancing and listening to kids music. These activities bring a huge smile on children’s faces. Moreover, as a parent, it brings more fun when you see your kids started to sing along with their favorite songs. Singing is a fun and a great activity for both children and parents to feel happy.

 

It is pretty obvious that sing along songs for kids bring fun and entertainment, but more than just the fun of singing along to kids music, your children can also get a lot of benefits from it. In this article, you will discover the value of sing along songs for kids and how it will affect the child’s development.

 

Benefits of Sing Along Songs For Kids

 

Every songs for kids has timing or rhythm that regulates the notes and sounds. Therefore, children that sing often can identify beats, scales and rhythm more readily than those who do not sing. Thus, helps them to learn the skill of singing and listening.

 

Children when hearing their voice while singing along to a kids music can be beneficial in developing a good ear for tonal pitch. Listening and singing in the same key, whether the same notes or harmonizing, can be learned at an early age. Of course, if your child chooses to follow a career in music, professional training is recommended. But it could be the sing along kids music that sparked the desire.

 

Helene Goldnadel a music teacher believes that sing along songs for kids does not only improve singing skills and listening skills of a child, it also improves vocabulary, memorization and later on reading skills. When kids sing along with their favorite songs, they tend to recognize different words and familiarize with the pronunciation of words. And if they sing the song again and again, you will notice that they can sing the song even without listening to the music, they will just sing the song based on what lyrics and tune they remember. Simply, they tend to have better memory recall than those who do not sing- probably to do with them exercise the part of the brain that deals with long term memory.

 

Also, singing along songs for kids can build self confidence and improve self esteem, communication and social skills, which are also important aspect of life especially for growing children.

 

There are numerous benefits when you let your children sing along with songs for kids. It is not just fun but really educational. In fact, many parents as well as preschool teachers use this as a tool to teach their young students and to make them lively on class and interested in studying.

 

Also read: Preschool Education Discovers The Fun In Learning

The Importance of Play in Child Development by Helene Goldnadel

The importance of play to youngsters should not be underestimated. Play is an essential part of growing up and researchers believe it’s critical to ensure children reach their full potential in life. Research in animals show that brain connections develop during periods of play, and there’s no reason to suppose the same is not true of young humans. Parents don’t always understand the importance of play however, and in today’s competitive world, the temptation is to stop your children “wasting time” and to put the time to what they believe is more constructive use.

 

For a child, however, there is no more constructive activity than play. When analyzing the importance of play, particularly if you’re tempted to introduce a more “worthwhile” activity such as flash cards, educational computer games or dancing lessons, you should take into account the following points discussed by Helene Goldnadel a life coach:

 

Play allows a young child to be “in charge.” Think about this – in their everyday lives, they’re small and powerless, always being told what to do, and how to do it. Without an adult around, they’re running the show!

 

Play helps children learn about the world in which they live. They can investigate and discover, test their theories, spatial relationships, explore cause and effect, societal roles and family values. Such is the importance of play, that there’s virtually no area of life about which it can’t teach a child something

 

Play builds self-esteem. Children will often play at something they know they can do well, at which they can be successful.

 

Play builds social skills. Children will begin playing with inanimate and non-threatening objects, like cuddly toys, bricks etc, so practicing their interactive skills. Later, playing with other children will build on this foundation as they learn to share, take turns, assert themselves and begin to empathize with others.

 

The importance of play with parents shouldn’t be underestimated either, as research shows that children whose parents play with them ultimately develop superior social skills.

 

Play also provides the opportunity for children to work out their feelings. The importance of play in dealing with difficult or unpleasant emotions is immense. A child who’s worried about going to the dentist, for example, may deal with the anxiety by setting up a clinic for dolls with toothache.

 

Play helps with language development. Think of the vast number of words a toddler uses during play, many of them repeatedly, enhancing their language skills.

 

Play allows children to grow beyond their years. They can pretend to be all sorts of things in play – a doctor, a surgeon, a civil engineer even!! (Think of those bricks)

 

Finally, don’t forget to consider the importance of play in stimulating your child’s creativity and imagination – making a castle in the sand, or a car garage out of a shoe box, taking an order in their own (imaginary) restaurant or dressing up as a king or queen – these all allow children to stretch the limits of their world and experience the fun in make-believe.