Do You Have a Little Performer in Your Home?

Photo Credit:  Julia Campbell

Photo Credit: Julia Campbell

While our family was on vacation recently, we went to see a local musical theatre production put on by a group of about twenty young adults. They all had different musical and acting backgrounds, but all of them were passionate about what they were doing. It was a delight to watch and listen to them. We spoke with several of the performers after the show. One of the young men said he had never done anything like this before. When I asked if he had been in any musicals or plays in school his reply was, “No, I played football! I’m just good at making faces.” Well, he certainly could do more than make great expressions with his face. He was a natural on stage and had a rich, full voice. I was really pleased to hear that he took a risk and auditioned for the group. All of the performers agreed they were having an amazing time.

It made me think about how I was as a teenager – too shy to try out for the solo parts, and always needed in the choir to carry the alto part. For many youngsters (and adults), auditioning and performing in public can be very daunting. Sure, there are some who do not mind the limelight. Yes, there are even those who crave the attention. But what about the more passive person who would secretly love to be up there on stage and just needs a little encouragement to get out of their comfort zone?

I have the wonderful opportunity to share music with children and adults of all ages. In my Kindermusik classroom, I get to hear children sing and dance in a supportive environment. They have beautiful little voices, and I encourage them to find their voice. Moms, dads, and caregivers are all encouraged to sing in class as well. Children of all ages love to hear their parents sing. Sometimes my piano students like to sing along to the songs they are playing. Once in a while, they even compose simple melodies that we can sing together. In my day-to-day interactions with my various music students, I help them nurture their love for music.

In the words of puppeteer Jim Henson, “Music is an essential part of everything we do. Like puppetry, music has an abstract quality which speaks to a worldwide audience in a wonderful way that nourishes the soul.”

Take some time each day to nourish both your soul and your child’s soul with music. You never know – you might have a little performer right there in your home!

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Tanya is a Licensed Kindermusik Educator. She studied music at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She became a licensed Kindermusik educator in 2003. Tanya enjoys teaching piano and voice in her home studio in Orleans as well as Kindermusik at the South Fallingbrook Community Centre. Tanya has participated in award winning choirs which have been featured on CBC radio. She sang at the Canadian Premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" in the choir under the direction of Dr. Elmer Iseler at Roy Thompson Hall as well as the investiture of Madame Jeanne Sauvé, 23rd Governor General of Canada. She established Kindermusik with Tanya when she recognized the need for a studio that offers high-quality musical experiences for children to enjoy with their families.

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  1. KD says:

    I think exposing children to the arts, particularly music, from a young age is a great way to foster creativity and encourage brain development. Reading and math are essential, but this should be too! (And I say this as a math teacher!)

  2. Victoria Ess says:

    Music is a great way to foster kid’s creativity and emotional intelligence.

  3. Louise says:

    I’ve done music classes with both my girls and they both loved it. My 4-year-old is forever putting on “shows” for me at the moment at home and while she’s been shy for dance recitals and school concert and such, she did really great with her last one so I hope she’s getting more comfortable with “being noticed” in public. I think encouraging love of music, creativity and confidence in your abilities when young is so important – and music is a great way to do it.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    one of my friend’s used to do amateur acting. It was always fun to go and watch and I was amazed at how good they all were.

  5. Amy Lovell says:

    Thanks this is some great advice! My little girl loves play acting sao in the future we will see about pursuring it!

  6. Judy Cowan says:

    Exposing children to the art is important and I am all for encouraging them if they show any talent or interest. We love going and watching live performances.

  7. Stephanie LaPlante says:

    My best friends are twins. As kids they were involved in stuff like this regularly.

  8. Suzie M says:

    We do have a performer in our midst he is only 5 but will go on to do great things

  9. kathy downey says:

    We have a 4 year old stand-up comic

  10. kathy downey says:

    I think exposing kids to the arts is so important.

  11. kathy downey says:

    We do have a performer in our extended family,just 7 years old and loves to sing and learning to play the guitar now

  12. kathy downey says:

    My niece at 6 is learning to play the Spoons,shes a great little entertainer

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