Music Education For Babies

Did you just have a child? Congratulations! I myself have experienced this remarkable and incomparable feeling four times. If you, young parents, have learned the advantage of music education and decided to send your child to music school in the future, that’s great! But if you want to wait until your son or daughter grows up a little, I must disappoint you by telling you that you are already late!

You can find a great deal of helpful information about the fact that our children hear all sounds perfectly well while still in the womb and recognize them after birth! That is why it is recommended that all pregnant women listen to classical music and sing, especially if they have an ear for music. For those who feel that they can’t sing but still want their child to have musical talent, experts recommend that these future mothers do not sing, but instead listen to beautiful music and as often as possible.

Right after the birth of the child, young parents can begin his musical education by means of simple things, such as playing cheerful or march tunes when playing with the baby. You can also help him by doing exercises or elementary movements for an additional benefit. You will also notice right away that your baby likes these “new” gymnastics!

And in general, make sure that you play pleasant music in your house. Draw your child’s attention to it by taking him in your hands and dancing to the sounds and rhythm of tango, waltz, march, and so on. If you are not familiar with the genres and styles of music, simply indulge and closely listen to it – music will prompt your movements naturally.

Moreover, by playing music in the house, parents can affect their child’s behaviour and even his temper. If you want to calm down your too hyper or very mobile child, you can play quiet classical music, which will gradually calm him. Conversely, slow children will become more active while listening to cheerful and more energetic tunes. Thus, by using classical music and your favourite songs, you can magically direct your son’s or daughter’s emotions.

In order for your child to accumulate the “musical images” that will play a major role in his music education, play music with the sounds of nature, such as birds singing, the murmur of streams, waterfalls,sounds of waves, dolphins, etc. If you play this type of music for your baby from just ten to fifteen minutes each day, you will influence his music abilities very positively. One day you’ll see the results: Your child’s movements will become more rhythmical, and he will try to repeat some musical sounds and tunes. The future of your child is in your hands! I must also mention that you should have a lot of toys that make sounds – the baby will never lose interest in them, and competent parents can hide them from the child from time to time in order to give him the pleasure of playing with them again.

When your baby becomes a toddler, let him listen to nursery rhymes and children’s songs whether you are on the road in the car or around the house. After listening to new songs a few times, try to sing one of them, either with words or without. What was your toddler’s reaction? Did he look at you? Did he smile? Excellent! It means he recognized the tune! And it shows that he has a good musical memory and that you were the one who started to develop this ability in him at an early age. Again, for those parents who feel they do not have an ear for music, never sing (or hum) in your child’s presence even if you would very much like to do it! Also, do not trust those who tell you that having “no ear for music” is genetic. This topic will be discussed in my next articles.

Copyright (c) 2010 Tatiana Bandurina

Creative Music Teachers Resources – Effective Ways to Motivation

Most music teachers consider teaching music to their dear students both their profession and passion. Most of them have the heart for arts and music – making each student love learning music and music as a whole. With this kind of outlook and disposition in teaching music, the inspired and motivated music teacher tends to begin his search for consistent improvement in his teaching strategies as well as his effort for personal and professional growth.

Indeed, there is a wide variety of creative music teachers resources that students can certainly enjoy and get excited working on with. According to studies, the integration of audio and video recording in music education has been an effective technique to catch the attention and grab the interest of the learners. This is believed to be an effective tool in raising the level of interest and motivation among music learners.

Current practice in music teaching favors a practical and a hands-on approach in emphasizing performance and composition. The use of recorded music as a teaching resource has tended to take a back seat. However, recordings are the predominant vehicle of musical experience today. As the students are expert listeners to recorded sound, major developments in the access to and presentation of recorded music are opening up new educational possibilities to most of them.

Targeted to be implemented in most music classrooms, the production and engineering aspects of recorded sound to online music libraries and teachers’ experiences of using recordings in the classroom have been randomly practiced and taken into consideration.

When a classroom setting has a relaxed atmosphere, informal learning may take place yet anxiety, tension and pressure would neither rule the learning situation. Hence, when there is relaxed supervision with no teachers behind the desk, the students would be more eager and interested to learn music. Students may also work in groups – giving them more chances of friendship and peer support. In this case, cooperative learning is found effective. The music teacher may encourage the students choose various musical instruments of their choice and eventually master such.

After they finish recording, they may organize or set-up a short play or a mini-concert to show their rendition of songs and other performances. These activities can heighten the learning process as they get too excited in meeting their objectives and getting high grades. These can also help them boost enough self-confidence and self-esteem. Through these music teachers’ resources, the music teacher tends to meet most of his objectives all at the same time.

These creative techniques in music education intend to motivate the learners from different ages and with different lifestyles. So start your quest to amazingly creative music teachers resources now. Be inspired to share your knowledge as well as the joys of music to your students. Make them realize that learning music is fun so they have to do it all by heart. Happy teaching!

Make Money Shooting Videos for Websites

The future of the web is video. With websites such as Ifilm, YouTube and Google Video bringing the online community the latest in short films, trailers, music videos and an assortment of bizarre, crazy and funny moments caught on tape, the prevalence and demand for video content is growing by leaps and bounds. However, business on the Internet have a lot to gain from providing video content on their websites as well. This is a wide open market for net-savvy videographers.

Producing video for a website is different than creating a traditional video because of bandwidth and size limitations on the web. In addition, a 5-minute video clip is at the maximum of the average web user’s attention span making most pre-existing training or corporate videos too long and inappropriate for streaming. Online video content needs to be fresh, interesting, fast-paced, and short – preferably under 3 minutes.

Studies have shown that providing video content on your website increases traffic and helps to sell products and engage customers. Large news websites such as CNN.com, MSNBC.com, and Forbes.com features video news clips. Amazon.com features short films to generate interest. In October 2005, BuyCostumes.com, an online retailer of Halloween costumes, launched a month-long “virtual TV network” showcasing runway style costume fashion shows and Halloween tips.

As you browse business websites that feature video content in new and interesting ways, think about how businesses in your area could benefit from video. A ski resort may like to show videos showcasing their slopes and skiers in action. A local brewery may want to generate interest in new brews by an online video tour of how the beer was produced. A local newspaper might want to feature streaming news stories on their website.

The sky is the limit as far as how any business can use streaming video to educate customers or clients, generate interest in new products, or enhance their online presence. The key is to present the need and show how other similar companies are using Internet video to their advantage. You may find that many business are already starting to think about incorporating video on their website as the popularity of Internet video continues to grow.