5 Reasons Why Learning To Clap Is Important
Do you think that clapping to the beat of a song is childish?
Do you think it is just a useless exercise?
I know I did.
As I started advancing in my musical studies I used to wonder why I had to do something as childish as clapping and often pooh poohed at the idea.
Well, I’m here to burst your bubble and tell you that clapping is considered to be an important component of developing musicmanship skills. This is why many renowned music development programs like the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal College of Music all include clap backs as a component of their music exam syllabi.
This is because the ability to clap to a specific beat and clap back a beat or tune, is considered to be as important as pitching.
Can you believe that?
Well, it is true.
Here are 5 reasons why you should focus on improving your child’s ability to clap to a given beat, in the home school.
Reason No. 1
The foundation of music is rhythm, and clapping in time helps you to listen carefully. It also forces your child to focus on the rhythm and stay in time. While many of you do learn music through online music courses, you will be able to tell if the music course your child is following online is any good, based on fact if clapping and clap backs are included in the program.
Reason No. 2
Clapping has a physical aspect to it. That is coordination with precision and consistency. As you may have already guessed these physical aspects are essential when playing a musical instrument. While young kids often find this part difficult because their motor skills are not fully developed, clapping is an awesome foundational skill, which will help solidify the physical aspects required to master musicmanship skills in the long term. This is why good music teachers often include clapping in their music education programs.
Reason No. 3
Clapping to a beat will also force your child to learn patterns in the music. Furthermore, it will also help your child to recognize, appreciate and understand how each pattern helps to further the tune and differentiates one tune from another and one beat from another. I hope you are starting to see the importance of clapping in your child’s musical journey and why you should be weary of programs that do not include this important skill.
Reason No. 4
Most importantly clapping helps to develop your child’s ear, and you no doubt know how important that is in any musical education program.
Reason No. 5
Last but not least, clapping will give your child the rock solid ability to recognise the pulse in the music and perform it in time. Learning to play the notes alone will be of no use, if your child is unable to listen and interpret a beat and play the tune with the correct pulse and beat, and it is clapping that helps lay the foundation for this.
For all of the reasons that have been listed above, clapping is considered not only as a very important pre-learning activity but also as an activity, which will help your child to continue to enhance his/her musical skills and solidify very important aspects of rhythm.
Even though you may have never learned music, you will no doubt be able to clap to a beat and even teach your child something as simple as that. So, please start teaching your child this important skill in your homeschool.
If you feel that you are unable to, that maybe because you are trying to clap a very complex beat.
If that is the case, then try clapping simple beats consistently and then work toward more difficult beats gradually.
Just by listening, you will be able to tell if you and your child are clapping in time or not.
If you or your child is not clapping in time, don’t fret.
It is totally fixable and with programs like the 1 year Home School Music curriculum – Teach Your Child Piano, you will be learning rhythm and beat and clapping in time effortlessly.
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