05 Nov Survey Reveals Parents Thoughts on Music and Singing
A new survey shows that parents overwhelmingly value music education yet we were disappointed how few families incorporate music making into their lives.
The survey — commissioned by Music Together over the summer — revealed that 31 percent of parents have never sung to their children and only 17 percent sing daily.
Why don’t parents sing? The survey could not provide insight but based on responses to other survey questions we think it is due to self-consciousness. For instance, 72 percent of parents think people are either born with or without the ability to sing. Given that 31 percent of parents singing every day in the shower and in the car some insecurity may prevent them from singing to their children.
At The Music Junction, we believe very passionately that singing well is within everyone’s reach and it’s not an innate ability. It just takes professional instruction, practice and some confidence. If you do not have the time or the resources right now for music lessons just keep singing. Sing loud and be happy and don’t worry if you’re out of tune!
We’re glad that Music Together agrees with us.
“Some adults feel self-conscious about their own singing and dancing and some may think they need to be a great singer or musician in order to be a good musical role model,” says Kenneth Guilmartin, founder of Music Together. “But, research suggests that even parents who cannot sing in tune can still provide their child with a positive disposition for music-making. In addition, singing and dancing together can be an important way to bond with your child.”
However, we weren’t completely disappointed with the survey results. Approximately 98 percent of parents believe children need music education and 52 percent believe that it should begin between the ages of 1 to 5 years old.
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