I was carrying instruments into the Park District building the other day and I met up with a dad, whom I knew through Music Together®, who was also heading in to use the fitness facility. His daughter (and mom and dad) had been in my Music Togther classes a few years before. We chit-chatted about his family and job (he has what I think is an exciting job—airplane pilot) and how his daughter is doing in grade school. He told me that recently the students in her class started recorder lessons in music class (a recorder is that wind instrument that many schools use with young children). She, of course, was loving it, but what most impressed her dad was the way she could pick out tunes that she knew in her head (old Music Together songs or songs on tv) and play them on the recorder. He said he sure wouldn’t know how to do that.
Because of many musical experiences in her early childhood (I was there for a lot of them!), this dad’s child has developed musicality in her brain (and ears, voice, body movement, etc.) that allows her to interact with abstract musical attributes, like pitch and rhythm, and use them—in simple ways for now—to her advantage. She has more facilities in her brain—because she has developed the rudiments of music, in addition to language, logical thinking, socializing, etc.—to draw upon to learn, to explore, to amuse herself. Musicalness is one more aspect of her personality and will stay with her and flourish in the years ahead of her.