You love music and you know it is a gift. You may be one of those fortunate souls who had the opportunity to learn to play music. Or you may never had a chance to learn. Either way, you know how music stirs the emotions and you know how the mathematical side of the music engages the brain in ways that are hard to match. Scientists call this cognitive neuroscience of music.
You want your child to learn. But where do you start?
Actually, the question is, “where do you want to end”?
Your child has a lot of energy and is experimenting. A month ago stormy Johnny wanted to be a astronaut, a week ago he loved soccer and now he is into playing Jazz. It is hard enough to keep up with them physically and now you have to find a way to guide them mentally and emotionally without hearing those dreaded words as a teenager, “Mom, you never listen to me!”
May be not those exact words, but something similar. You remember! You used the similar words when you were a teenager.
And that is the point of starting with your goal.
Do you want to find something to fill Johnny’s time so that you can have some peace and quiet. Or do you want Angelina to experience something that will help her through life?
You have the experience, you have been there. You and stormy Johnny and curious Angelina are not that different. Your approach to life may be, but your core needs of love, care, acknowledgment and the freedom of expression are not.
Music is an inter-generational bridge sometimes built on discord. Recognizing that fact itself is a musical lesson. Not all musical pieces are harmonious. That would be to boring. The conflict adds the drama in music and life. It makes life interesting.
Teaching music to children is teaching them about life. If you remember that, you would have easier time to detach yourself from a specific short term situation which is similar to a musical phrase and focus on the entire composition which builds lives and relationships.
You can find lessons in classical music for children in violin as well as recognizing the beauty of learning to play acoustical guitar with its rich Spanish heritage is as powerful.
What is it that you want to accomplish goes hand in hand with what are the weaknesses and strengths of stormy Johnny and curious Angelina.
Just like you, they much rather use their strengths and avoid situations that reveals their weakness. You can help them use those strengths and shore up their weaknesses.
How to learn guitar chords or leaning music theory without improving relationships will not last long and go far enough.
You remain the most valuable resource in teaching music to children. Once you understand that, you can then find and instructor who can help you.