Early is the best time to start children with an enriched musical background.The earlier the child starts to hear and learn about music, the more enriched and fulfilling the child’s experience of music is going to be.This is even more beneficial for talented children.A child cannot receive the full benefit of music and will not learn as much or at all without thefirst three stages of preparatory audiation.With this in mind, I will now show you how to guide children through these stages.First of all, we need to look at resources.For this particular situation, I will have two helpers, two rooms in which to work (one is furnished with cribs, the other is mostly open space with a carpet).Also, I will have a good sound system in both rooms (that includes a tape player and compact disc player), and some money (available to buy recordings and equipment).Next is the age range of the children.Thefirst stage is Absorption.One of the most difficult things to do when guiding children through these stages is to know when the right time is to move them to the next stage.This often requires much patience.The reason that you need so much patience is because all children move through the different stages of preparatory audiation at different times. The times when children move are as different as their handwriting. In the Absorption stage, children are “absorbing” music.But, not all music is appropriate. Most of the music that should be played is live music.It should also be played in different keyalities, tonalities, harmonies, meters, and tempos.When playing such diverse groups of music it is also important to not play music with words.Why you ask?Because if you play music with words, the children seem to focus their attention more on the words than the music itself.Out of the two rooms that we have, I would use the one room, which has the cribs in it for the children in the absorption stage.This would be mor…


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