7 Things you need to know before starting early childhood music education
To practice a pedagogic profession that involves direct contact with children, people in most cases must meet high requirements in the form of examinations or licenses. This is however not the case for teaching music.
Anyone who has mastery of an instrument, whether at a professional level or even at a very low level, can conduct lessons in early childhood music education. In most cases, music instructors lack pedagogic know-how and knowledge of the sensitive periods of children. And this has fatal consequences.
Statistics show that among Westerners the number of people who actively play a musical instrument is less than 10 % – in most cases between 7 % and 9 %.
The reason is the perception among most people that they are not musical – as a result of their negative experience with early childhood music education and having to play recorder, xylophone or singing songs without any emotional attachment.
To have a positive experience, everyone should make an informed decision when choosing a music instructor or a early childhood education concept.
Author: Hans-Peter Becker