Get Family and Friends InvolvedStart by getting family and friends involved. When they buy presents for birthdays, holidays or just because, ask them to bring your kids the gift of music.
Each person should pick out a CD that represents her favorite music genre. Grandma might choose a Nat King Cole CD or she could buy a compilation CD that represents her favorite artists of a certain time. Encourage everyone in your family to select the music they've enjoyed hearing over the years.
An alternative to buying CDs is to ask friends and family to compose a list of their favorite songs and artists. Look over their lists and download the songs from iTunes.
Downloading songs is extra legwork so be sure to ask your loved ones if they'd be interested in getting your child a CD first. You'll usually find that grandma and grandpa are more than excited to revisit their pasts and share their music with their grandkids.
Share Musical StoriesOnce the CDs start coming in, put your friends and family to work again. Ask them to write or tell a story about the music they've chosen.
Grandpa may remember "Rock Around the Clock" was the first song he heard while driving his new Ford Thunderbird. Aunt Jane got her first kiss at the roller skating rink while "Stayin' Alive" was playing.
These life experiences were permanently branded in their minds while the music acted as a theme song for the event. Sharing these stories will make that music come alive for your kids too.
Listen to the Music with Your KidsPop in the CD as you run errands with your kids. Set aside time in your day to sit in front of the stereo at home. Simply listen to the music with your children.
The more they listen, the more they'll want to hear. Thanks to the many generations sharing their music, you're able to expose your kids to different forms of music they wouldn't normally hear.
Play Music Trivia
Did you know Frank Sinatra's mother asked a singing group in Hoboken, New Jersey, if her son could join and that's how he got his first big break? How about that the 1985 version of "We are the World" was recorded around 10 p.m. right after the American Music Awards?
Trivia tidbits make learning about music fun. They also develop your child's appreciation of music, the musicians and journey it takes for a few notes and lyrics to become a song heard by millions.
Use trivia to teach your kids about the music they listen to today as well. She may love the music of Miley Cyrus but does she know that Miley was born six months after her dad released his mega-hit song Achy Breaky Heart? Dig into the pasts of the artists she loves so she can learn more about them as a person too.
Bring the Music to Life
Now that they've heard the music, bring it to life even more for them. Study the musicians, music genres and how music changed over that decade. Then pull it all together for a fun theme night.
Your kids learn about music and the different periods of time. Eventually, they'll want to go beyond learning what the name of a song is or the musician's name. They'll become thirsty to learn everything they can about the music, musician and genre.