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Song WritingTeens 13-18

Nurturing a Child's Interest in Song Writing

As parents, we want to foster the interests of our children and encourage them to pursue their passions. But for some activities, like songwriting, it can be difficult to know where to start. The good news is, there are a few simple steps you can take to help nurture your child’s interest in songwriting and cultivate their creativity.

First, help your child identify what kind of music they like and what inspires them. This could include listening to different types of music together, helping them identify what they like and don’t like about different songs, and discussing which artists and songs they’re most drawn to. You could also visit a music store together and pick out some new music for them to listen to.

Once your child knows what kind of music they’re interested in, you can help them start writing their own songs. Encourage them to start by writing down their thoughts and feelings about a particular topic and then switch to a more musical approach. For example, you could suggest writing down their thoughts in short sentences and then adding a melody or chord progression to each sentence.
You can also help your child learn the basics of music theory. This will help them better understand how music works and make it easier for them to write and understand their own songs. There are plenty of online courses and books designed for children that can help your child learn music theory.

Finally, help your child learn an instrument. Learning to play an instrument can help them better express their creativity and is an important part of songwriting. It will also help them develop their music skills and understand how different notes and chords work together. If your child is interested in playing an instrument, see if there are any music classes or lessons in your area.

Encouraging your child’s interest in songwriting can be a wonderful way to help them develop their creativity and explore their artistic side. With your help and guidance, your child can start writing their own songs and learning the basics of music theory. Who knows, maybe one day you’ll be listening to one of their songs on the radio!

Song WritingTeens 13-18


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