Music Within Reach

Don’t pass up opportunities to stroll through country fairs or linger with street performers. Get your child in the habit of lingering and giving the players a chance to be really heard.

Physical proximity to the fiddle or bagpipes or drums or – whatever – can work a little magic. The connection among child, performer and instrument can be palpable. Make a personal connection, even if it’s a head nod and thanks. Encourage your child to look the player in the eyes to say thank you.

As you move on, discuss how grateful you feel.