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My baby's first percussion instruments were the pots in the kitchen. Every time I took him to Grandma's house, he went straight to the kitchen, opened the drawer with the metal and wooden ladles, took out whatever he wanted, and then did the same with the pan cabinet. Thus, at one point he would assemble his own musical kitchen drums.
He would turn the pots and saucepans upside down, then pick up the ladles and test how they sounded in one saucepan and another, in a corner and in the center. Of course, a very peculiar musical instrument system, both basic and rudimentary, with which he had a blast.
My mother-in-law complained a lot about the infernal noise with which my son punished us while he was having fun and before suppressing or ending that initiative, I inquired a little about the subject. I was surprised when I discovered that that primitive way of making noise or music, depending on how you look at it, had ancestral roots. And it is that percussion instruments are the first sound elements that man created, in his daily work and in his different parties to produce sounds and rhythms. Its origin dates back to primitive African and Asian societies, and is marked by its magical role and its accentuated social function.
Apparently, percussion is something natural that is closely linked to the human being. The baby, from birth, uses his own percussion, either produced by the onomatopoeia of the first words, by organic noises, or by the experimentation of his own body. As he grows, the child continues to experiment with other utensils to create simple rhythms.
In fact, in the first musical initiation classes of young children, percussion is used as a way to break the ice. Thus, body percursion, which uses hollow or flat claps on different parts of the body, helps children to lose their fear of that first approach to music and creates an approximation between the child and the instrument, an identification relationship as if the musical instrument were an extension of the child's own personality.
So I decided that those first musical initiatives of my son would make their way and stop being a family headache. Music was one of his first after-school classes where he had a better time every day. And not only that, music has many benefits for children, it creates a series of neural connections in children that are worth encouraging. It is beneficial for stimulating the ability to concentrate, improves the ability to learn mathematics and facilitates the learning of other languages.
Marisol New. Editor of our site
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