Let’s accept it – it is difficult. Everyone knows it but motivating kids to learn classical music is not totally impossible. For parents who are really keen on putting their kids into Classical music must take it easy and relax
. It’s not going to work if you get too adamant with it. With the emergence of various forms of pop and rock music (which are evolving almost every hour) you cannot keep it from them for much long. But you must remember that if you once get their minds interested in classical music – there is no turning backwards. Classical music opens up a child’s mind and makes it receptive to various other forms of music. They are the ones with the best brains who are really creative. Here are few ways by which you can motivate your kids to study Indian Classical Music:
7. A time for music everyday with everyone present is a must
Arrange and fix a time everyday for classical music. This must be done together in the presence of all members of the family. When they see the whole family interested or engaged they get engaged too. Play various forms of music which each member likes and see a change slowly developing in your child about Music.
6. A concert on classical music once or twice helps a lot
Concerts are the places where classical music still prevails and the audience too accompanies. You must take your child to such concerts where Indian Classical music is played and most importantly enjoyed. If this is done from a tender age the results are marvellous. Bollywood cannot leave an impact if the child sees his family enjoying something else.
5. Read out stories relating to music about Indian classical
Stories are something which weaves a child’s imagination. You could well use this method to get him/her interested in Indian Classical Music. There are quite a number of stories available everywhere which are about Indian Classical music – best read for kids. This will leave them wanting to know more. And now is your chance of getting them enrolled.
4. Play a video where there is ample portrayal of Indian classical music and instruments
For kids who are inclined towards music from a very small age have a tendency of liking musical instruments. Indian Classical music uses a lot of instruments (some of which are obsolete) which will immediately arouse the interest of the child. Seeing and hearing the matter together is the most effective way of teaching something. You won’t have to work too hard to motivate after this.
3. Keep a check on WHEN your child loves to listen to music
Some love to listen to music while eating, some while doing homework and many more. All you need to do is to keep a check on the timings. Switch on classical tracks whenever they listen to music. Concentrating on something else while working on something might apparently look deceptive and not-at-all-working but on the contrary it helps in a subconscious way. Indian classical music leaves a great impact even on the young blood – although they do not have much capacity yet to understand the essence to a fuller extent. After few days you are good to go.
2. Visit stores of old musical instruments used in Classical music
Looking through musical instruments is one of the best ways. You can take your child to such stores where they well be given a chance to explore their terrain and interests. Indian classical music makes use of various instruments among which you can chose you. You never know you might start getting renewed with your music.
1. Sit down and talk about it with your kids
Again, don’t go overboard with this. Talking and discussing with kids brings in a sense of monotony in them which you must avoid under all circumstances to keep your child attentive for a longer period time. Talk about the ancient history of Classical music in India and how the modern times can be traced back. A bit of a classical music is necessary for everyone and at the same time it is also an exploration of the rich cultural and religious history of India and its music. For greater interest you can pin-point contemporary tracks which are heavily classical-inspired.