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Encourage your child to become more aware about the differences between classical and popular musical styles. Assist in making listening a daily activity at home.


  • Recorded classical and popular music
  • World map


Share with your child some of your own favorite classical or popular pieces. Then, ask which piece was easier to understand and why. Talk about the composers’ places of birth and the types of music common to those areas. Encourage your child to listen to the music of places he/she is curious about. Then, have your child explain how they feel about that particular music.

Take it Further

Have a world map placed in a visible spot at home. Encourage your child to select a different country each week to learn about its music and its people. Explain that each culture has a very unique musical sound. Then, play specific sound-clips from recordings or the computer to enhance the cultural learning.

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