-How much time should I devote to music appreciation?
You can plan on spending 10-20 minutes two days a week using the basic lesson plans or 5-10 minutes a day if you repeat a listening piece everyday each week.
-Are there benefits of music appreciation I don’t know about?
Music is beneficial to brain development and will aid in every area of your child’s education. Music appreciation will balance out the more academic subjects to bring beauty and enjoyment into your child’s life and will give your child a well-rounded education.
Also, the more we know about something, the more we enjoy it. Your child will know orchestra instruments, history, who certain composers are, and grow to enjoy all kinds of music!
-What is the difference between music appreciation (listening) and active participation in music?
Musical development corresponds to language and brain development, so listening skills developed in music appreciation will aid in language, reading and math skills.
Also, listening increases attention span, concentration, social skills (i.e., learning to listen to others, communication, sensitivity, compassion), and impulse control.
Music can be enjoyed at all ages and skill levels through listening. Active participation in music will increase the development of these skills along with fine motor development, eye-hand coordination, taking turns, appropriate social interactions, creative expression, and providing an emotional outlet.