Mozart. Beethoven. Bach. Their music is timeless, and we’ve all heard it. But how good are you, really, at identifying famous classical compositions?
Why Classical Music?
At Brain Chase, we’re all about expanding your child’s educational experience. Unfortunately, these days, your child does not get much exposure to classical music. So, we’ve decided make this week’s Bonus Challenge focus on the classics. We’re not the only ones who think this is a good idea. According to the experts, there are MANY reasons children and adults should turn on a little Handel every once in a while:
- The Mozart Effect. You’ve heard of it. Many studies claim that students who regularly listen to classical music develop better reasoning skills and actually improve their IQs. (Other studies claim these results are bunk, but it can’t hurt to try, right?)
- Improved Test Scores. Want your child to do better on the SAT? “Claire de Lune” can help with that.
- Better Sleep. More than one group of scientists have determined that listening to classical music before going to bed promotes a better night’s rest.
- Lower blood pressure and stress levels. We all get stressed. It’s just a part of life. But some “Minuet in G” and “Canon in D Major” can help you feel a little more calm and collected.
- Ease physical and emotional pain. For many, symptoms of depression or physical pain are lessened when listening to classical music.
How Do I Introduce Classical Music to my Children?
OK. You’re convinced. Classical music has its benefits. But, where to start? NPR posted this article with a some ideas about introducing your child to it.
Let us suggest a few other resources:
- Classics for Kids is a great website that teaches kids about many aspects of music and includes games and weekly “shows” featuring a different composers.
- PBSkids.org has a fun game that teaches children to recognize different musical instruments and also has an large selection of other music-themed games.
- This article suggests five easy ways to incorporate classical music into your everyday routine. Ideas include dancing to classical music and having it playing in the background during your child’s free time.
- YouTube has an endless array of videos featuring classical composers and their famous pieces. Play “Name that Tune” while you explore some of the music available there.
- Put your kids in music lessons. They’ll thank you for it later.
Do you have any ideas about classical music and teaching your child to love and appreciate it? Email your suggestions to email@example.com.
The adventure awaits!