From working with children and children’s choir in the past I’ve noticed the children that are better singers/musicians are the ones that hear more music at home.
This doesn’t mean that the parents have to be musicians. There are many ways to incorporate music into daily life without playing it yourself. If my children only heard music when I played it myself they would not hear near as much as they do.
I think that it’s good to expose children to different styles of music. Let me put my disclaimer here: We do not listen to rock music. The only country music we listen to is Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. We do listen to Folk, Sacred, Classical, and Marches. They also know what polkas are. I just wish they wouldn’t want to play polkas before breakfast! I hid the yodeling cd. They heard them quite enough, thank you.
The library is a great place to find cds and concert DVDs. More styles and instruments to talk about with no money investment. Then if it stinks I can just send it back. Don’t forget about YouTube where you can find a piano juggling act and a guy that plays classical music with bicycle horns.
I don’t think that children only like children’s music. Let them hear all kinds. Even if they don’t understand all the words in a song at age 5 they are learning tune, harmony, and so much more. They will understand all the words later. That’s also a reminder to be careful what words they do hear.
There’s an article at Babies Online about how good music is for babies. Remember to keep it playing as they grow!
How about you? Are you a musician? Did you hear lots of music growing up or can you totally disprove my theory?