Today, I ordered a C.D. that puts fun and expressive words to some of Beethoven’s works. The idea is to try to make Classical music more appealing to youngsters, and in particular my great grandson Eli….. almost six.
While we often try (sometimes mistakenly) to make children extensions of ourselves, our tastes and dedications, we can seize every opportunity to bring them things that will help them learn and grow independently.
Proverbs 22:6 offers; “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it”. I would suggest that he need not become old to apply experiences and teachings. These things can be like extensions cords that can be plugged into new life situations almost immediately.
Music is said to prime our brains for certain kinds of thinking. In particular, studies have shown that Classical music pathways in our brain are similar to the ones we use for spatial reasoning. According to specialist-doctor, Dianne Bates; this priming makes it easier to work any puzzle quickly because of exposure to the more complex musical structure.
It is common knowledge of the comforting effect that it has on babies in the crib. Some of us never get over it. This certainly is not to diminish the effects of a broad range of musical choices. Music is a key to much in our lives.
Now, to the direction of my own personal study of one; Eli. We cared for him while his mother worked for a period of two years through infancy. We played selected Classical music on a daily basis within his hearing.
As he grew into various play activities, it was absolutely apparent that his assembly skills were astounding. With a giant size Lego set he continually built everything imaginable, and clearly recognizable.
What is especially gratifying is that while his parents are typically and exclusively into pop and country, his choice most frequently is classical…. evidenced by the fact that he has his radio and other locations tuned by him to the Classical Music Station. I don’t know, however , how you would tie this together with his current instrument of choice. Since age two it has been the drum. I’m sure that his Grandpa Dennis is “instrumental” since his media room has an elaborate drum set; a carry over from his young life. Some of us would hope Eli turns from that “way”. But also not the Piccolo.
All in all, there is great satisfaction to know that today, as he heads for the first day of kindergarten with his boatload of of “spacial” thinking, it is not strange that he will be whistling Beethoven’s Fifth, creatively, an octave higher than it was written.
All to the classroom response; ” Who in the world is making that horrible noise?”
And Eli, ever creative, answers;” It’s me….. doing Beethoven’s Tenth…. two times Five!