If you are a longtime reader of this blog, you know that my mom teaches my kids music over the internet. We started off with Google Hangout, switched over to Skype, and finally invested in an iPad (the first ever Apple purchase for our home).It turns out that Facetime is the only video application that syncs both the video and sound in real time. My son Johnny LOVES playing with sound, and will spend hours at the piano improvising.
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How to Help Your Child Find Their Passion
I think that childhood is a wonderful time to explore interests. A childhood interest can become an adult hobby or career. Even if it is only a phase, children learn by doing. Adults also learn by doing, but adults are encumbered by routine, habits, and adult responsibilities and obligations. So when I see my children trying to learn something on their own, I do my best to nurture that interest.
Nurturing My Child’s Interest in Music
I have always wanted a binding machine, so when I got an Amazon gift card last month I knew exactly what to use it for! I also bought some plastic covers and combs. Both can be re-used, so long as you are willing to dismantle a bound project. Just place the old bound book in the machine, My binding machine is even more awesome than I thought it would be (yes, I know I am a nerd, raising more nerds). My wonderful HP printer comes with all sorts of free printables, including staff paper for composing music! I printed off twenty sheets, added a colored paper cover designed in seconds using the free version of Canva. Then I set the book out for Johnny when he got home from school. He was beyond thrilled, and has been busy writing music ever since!
Of course, once the girls saw how much fun their brother was having, they wanted fancy music books as well. They don’t spend nearly as much time writing music as Johnny does, but they are trying their hand at composition and improvisation. In the process, they learn a lot about patterns, melody, rhythm, and harmony.
I also have requests in for more specialized books, both for art and story writing. I also have some plans of my own that will be educational surprises for the kids. When you have your own binding machine and printer, the possibilities are endless!
How do you help your child find their passion?