Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder—these are just three of so many skilled musicians who started singing and performing when they were kids.
Every time you watch these talent shows, you see kids sing and show off their talents; one of them is Angelica Hale from America’s Got Talent 2017. However, her story or that of the three artists aforementioned would not be the story of many talented kids of today.
Now, what can you do to make sure that your kid’s talents take them farther than just your ears?
Have the right intentions
This is where some parents fail. Your child may not become the next Stevie wonder because they do not want to be. You would be surprised at how many talented singers are doing other things with their lives, simply because they never wanted to become musicians. For some people, their talent is just an added portion to their life that they can do without. So when you start exploring music with your child, make sure that they are just enjoying the process without the pressure of going pro placed on them. The final decision rests on them.
Show interest in music
Now, your child, while they are aware of their talent, may not be so aware of the music world because their brains are not yet fully developed to grasp it. This is where you come in as a parent. You need to start showing more interest in music than you would like to. Your child needs a support system that understands, and you have to be that.
Get them a trainer
The place of a coach in the growth of a talented child cannot be overemphasized. They may learn without a coach, or learn music theory online, but they would certainly be better with a coach. Get a professional that they are comfortable with and someone you believe can guide them into their talent.
Get them a trainer
The place of a coach in the growth of a talented child cannot be overemphasized. They may learn without a coach, but they would certainly be better with a coach. Get a professional that they are comfortable with and someone you believe can guide them into their talent.
There is nothing better than a visual representation of the talent you have. For a child, it gives them perspective on what they want to do and be. Find these concerts and attend them with your child, and let them soak in the experience of what being a skilled musician should be or seems like. In the beginning, attending different kinds of concerts does not matter. Let them see all of them, and watch out for the one they enjoy most, whether opera, pop, or RnB.
Start with an instrument
Learning a musical instrument is an important way to improve your music, and it is the same thing with children. It lets them into the hearing side of music easily. As they hear the sounds, they want to make more beautiful ones, so they keep trying. Learning the musical instruments will also make them sound better, as now they understand both tune and notes.
Be a motivator
Since kids get excited about new things, they also tend to get bored very fast. This may happen when your child is learning their new instrument. It is your job as the parent to now motivate them to continue. Use incentives if you have to, but constantly motivate them until they find their love for the instrument again. Remember, practice makes perfect. Make them practice till they get better because perfection is unattainable.
Slowly go into the spotlight
Yes, the temptation to show off a talented child is strong, but resist the urge to rush them right into the spotlight. Instead, they can start by performing at a gathering that has just the immediate family, and from there, Christmas and thanksgiving with family and friends.
They do not need to perform at school gatherings or church programs first. They can always start from the immediate family and start learning how to get comfortable with the spotlight until they become ready for bigger ones. On the other hand, if you push them too early, they may shrink and let that talent die, especially if they are not already very confident.
Watching your talented child become a skilled musician can be ethereal. Note that you have to start early, which is why parents are advised to pay a lot of attention to their child. When you do not pay enough attention to your child, you may not spot the talent on time. As early as you spot the talent, begin the grooming.
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