One area that right brainers focus on is perfect pitch. Linguists have found that children copy tone and pitch before they ever produce words. Restak (2003) discovered that perfect pitch can be acquired by average children between three and five years of age when given appropriate training. Structural brain changes occur along with the development of perfect pitch and continue as musical talent matures (Restak 2003).
Rightbrainkids.com recommends the following activities with your children:
1. Introduce your child to the musical notes on the scale.
2. Use a perfectly tuned instrument (tuning forks work best).
3. Expose your child to many forms of classical music.
The Eguchi Method is used in Japan to teach perfect pitch to children. Information about this method is taken from the geneveith here:
1. Play the three-note C major chord on a piano, and the child is instructed to raise a red flag. Do a few times daily.
2. After a couple of weeks, a second chord and flag are added.
3. Keep adding until all white cords have a color associated with them.
4. Later, the child calls out the individual notes that make up the chord like red, do-mi-so.
There are many different music learning programs out there. Soon, I plan to present some information about the Suzuki method.
Having “perfect pitch” isn’t really the point, for myself. Otherwise it would just be a neat little trick. I’m more concerned with helping her to develop relative pitch in the process. She naturally matches pitches quite well and I just want to encourage it a bit in her. So what I do is (and plan to add)…
1. Listening to a lot of classical music. We already do this.
2. Suzuki CD’s to listen to.
3. Games that use rhythm using this online metronome-
4. Play this music game
5. We sing the scale-Do, re, mi….
6. Plan to purchase Piano for Preschoolers
If this topic interests you, you might find this link interesting. I think it explains the importance of music and the link to learning better than most websites.
I would adore comments on this post. In the past, I read quite a bit about the Suzuki and Yahama methods, but since my daughter was younger filed it away mentally as something to look at as she got older. Preschool is a time, many start using these methods. I’d love some good links and additional information about this subject. There aren’t Suzuki instructors close by and even if there was, we can’t afford it at this time. I’d like to try and teach her at home. Again, would LOVE comments.