How to Introduce Toddlers to Music

Introducing your child to music when they become a toddler is not just enjoyable and entertaining for your child, but can also help enrich your child's overall development in language, speech, motor skills, and more. Scientifically, introducing your toddler to music will develop a higher number of pathways between the cells in your child's brain, making them more susceptible to learning processes in general. There are many ways you can introduce your toddler to music; such as playing music passively in the background in your home or car, and by playing music that causes your child to sing, dance, clap, and more. Continue reading this guide to learn more about the different ways you can introduce your toddler to and stimulate them with music.


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    Choose music your toddler can listen to. Your toddler can benefit from listening to music in any style; such as classical, jazz, dance, rock, and more.
    • Play music from your own collection, instead of buying music specifically for your toddler. If you can enjoy listening to certain types of music alongside your toddler, it can potentially heighten their own enjoyment and experience.
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    Play music for your toddler throughout the day. You can play music passively in the background at home or in your automobile, or play music in the form of an activity during which you can dance or sing with your toddler.
    • Turn off the television and play music for your toddler; especially if the television is only turned on for background noise while your toddler plays, reads, or takes naps.
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    Play certain types of music during special occasions. This will allow your toddler to associate certain music with holidays, events, and other fun occasions that can trigger memories or positive emotions in your toddler.
    • Play holiday music during appropriate seasons or times of the year, or play particular music during special activities. For example, if you celebrate Christmas, listen to Christmas music throughout the month of December, or play an entire, specific music album each time you play a particular board game.
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    Teach your toddler ways to recognize musical beats and rhythm patterns. This can help your toddler strengthen their physical coordination skills in addition to learning about repetition and patterns in music.
    • Show your toddler how to march or stomp their feet, clap, jump, or tap objects with wooden spoons to beats while listening to music.
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    Purchase toys for your toddler that sing or play music. Musical toys can entertain your toddler in addition to teaching them about music during their playtime.
    • Buy dolls or animals that sing songs or play singing games with your toddler, or buy music boxes or toy instruments they can play such as pianos, guitars, or xylophones.
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    Enroll your toddler in a music course designed for their age group. Some local preschools, universities, and other venues may offer beginning music classes designed for toddlers that last no more than 45 minutes per class.
    • Consult with the music departments in local schools and universities in your area to determine where and when music classes for your toddler are available.


  • Use music as a soothing method to alter your toddler's mood when they become upset, frustrated, or tired. Music with slow beats that is played at a soft volume can calm your child down when they are feeling these types of moods.


  • Don't introduce your toddler to music by taking them to musical orchestras, concerts, or operas that require them to sit still and stay quiet. This may cause your toddler to resent music or associate music with the inability to have fun.
  • Don't play music for your toddler that contains profanity or that conveys messages on subjects you are not ready to introduce to your child to; such as drugs, sex, and death. This can prevent you from having to teach your child not to use profanity and from explaining topics you don't feel your toddler is ready for.

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