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Parents proactive in teaching children to appreciate music

Date Posted: 2005-10-22

Youngsters are learning the fine points of music skills in their homes.

A relatively new organization is promoting the concept that music is best learned by the very young, starting with infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Hand-in-Hand Music Together also pitches the idea that parents are the best role models for teaching about music.

The six-month-old group contends that the great majority of the world’s population is born with the capacity to play in a symphony orchestra, but few are ever nurtured to the point of even carrying a basic tune. Learning about music passively, picking up on the music friends are listening to, doesn’t promote personal music skills, says Jen Herrington, the Center Director for Hand-in-Hand Music Together. Parents need to be actively involved, and the organization is helping parents in Okinawa nurture their children in musical development. The goal is to achieve basic music competence in a relaxed, informal setting that caters to natural learning styles of very young children.

The Hand-in-Hand Music Together organization is now offering classes for active duty military parents, as well as families where both are working parents. The weekend classes are tailored to individual needs.

Further information is available through Jen Herrington, email: music.together@mac.com, or by calling 090-9786-6439.

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