Music in the Household

My husband has many talents; aside from being great with our kids, he has been many things: a musician, an installation artist, a computer programmer, an entrepreneur, a yoga teacher (in training), a life coach, and more.

His original and greatest passion is music. He was a musician when we met and spent his time studying it in school. As time went by and his focus shifted toward a more practical career path (software engineering), his enthusiasm and thirst in music began to fade away. I’ve wanted him to get back into it so that our kids would get to experience music with us. Luckily, I finally found my chance!

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At our co-op pre-school, every family participates by working at the school in some form or another. It usually means coming in and facilitating in class at least 2 days out of the month, but the family jobs vary from class treasurer and board of directors, to buying art supplies for the class each month. We had the opportunity to create our own jobs and I volunteered my husband to come in and play music for the children. The teacher and parents were ecstatic, saying they had no music program in the school and were excited to get some volunteers to help out.

So, for the past few weeks, my house has been full of music! My husband has been playing his guitar almost every day, learning and singing nursery rhymes with the boys. They have a toy guitar they like to play with, so they’ll bring it to him whenever they want to sing with him. They’re singing along and showing a lot of interest in music and how the instrument works. He’s excited, too, having already played once at the preschool and now looking for other small venues to play in.

I’m overjoyed to have music and art back in our lives and it’s presented a wonderful opportunity for family bonding and learning.

How do you use music in your household to spur child development?

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About Becky Nimoy

Becky Nimoy is a Southern California native, residing in the small but lively Los Angeles port town of San Pedro, along with her high school sweetheart and husband, two baby boys (ages 2 years and 2 months), and their 3 cats. When she can manage it (having two boys is rough!), she loves to draw, bake, repaint the rooms and work in the garden. In her spare time she and the boys like to explore the many parks that San Pedro has to offer and hike on the horse trails of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. She is passionate about all things chocolate, eating organic as much as possible and using cloth diapers on her kids. She holds a B.S. in Art History from UCLA and a professional certificate in Interior Design through UCLA Extension. She freelances as an architectural draftsman and stationery designer.

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