Kids love music. They will dance to it even if they’ve never heard it or sing along to songs even if they don’t know the words. Without any embarrassment, they will sing, dance and clap even without listening to music. They can get lost in music or imagine it.
It is amazing to see how long music can hold their attention while other things interest them for only half a minute, if that. It is important to maintain this interest as they grow by introducing them to different kinds of music, giving them individual lessons, and enrolling them in a school band or orchestra program. We have all heard the amazing benefits music offers growing children: helping with hand-eye coordination, improving other subjects such as math or reading, helping build character, and establishing goal-oriented thinking. So we know how beneficial it can be to keep kids interested in music, but for many of us, no matter our musical literacy or lack thereof, we can learn from kids’ innate connection with music.
It is never too late to learn more about music or pick up a new instrument to play. By giving in to that pull that we all had as kids towards getting lost in music, we can live a little freer. I encourage you to find that urge that drew you to music when you were a child and let it pull you in.