How To Help Your Child Start A Band
Do you have a mini music maestro in your life? To celebrate Kids Music Day, here's everything you need to know about how to help your child start a band.
Helping children pursue their musical interests with a band is a great way to teach them about teamwork, practicing their music skills, and performing in front of an audience. Find out more!
1. Choose Bandmates
One of the most important parts of starting a band is finding the right band members! If your youngster has friends who are musicians, they can talk to them about joining.
Next, design posters and put them up in your local area and spread the word on social media. This is a great way to attract kids who are genuinely interested in forming a band and for the auditions to begin.
When it’s audition day, give the auditionees some sample pieces of music to play which will test their skills. Make sure the players all have good attitudes and gel well with the rest of the band.
2. Get Some Good Instruments
Every musician needs an instrument! For the best sound (and performance, of course), investing in quality musical instruments is key.
Here at Bigjigs Toys, we have a range of toy musical instruments suitable for a range of abilities and ages. Each instrument has been lovingly designed to encourage a love of music, creativity and imagination as well as hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Some of our favourite musical toy picks include:
3. Pick A Band Name
When the group has formed, it’s time to give it a cool name. It ideally should reflect the vibe and style of music that kiddies are wanting to play.
To get the creative juices flowing, every bandmate can come up with five different words (these can be nouns or adjectives) to help make a band name. Write these down on a piece of paper and choose from the best ones to create something memorable and unique.
4. Begin Song Writing
Get that smash hit written up! Help your child write their own songs by encouraging them to sing different melodies and pitches. As your little one performs new songs, it's vital to be positive and uplifting so that they continue to write.
5. Develop A Band Practice Schedule
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Regular band practice can ensure the group’s success as everyone is up to speed with the songs and their role within the band. Choose a suitable time and place where children can practice together.
6. Book Gigs
When the band is ready and raring to go, it’s time to share their tunes with the world! Start small, with performances for friends & family before working up to bigger audiences. This is a great way to slowly build confidence and independence before dealing with bigger crowds.
So there you have it, how to help your child start a band in six easy steps. Has your youngster started a band? Let us know in the comments!
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