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Oregon Family Magazine

The Magic of Classical Music

05/02/2023 ● By Michelle Ferguson
Classical music has long been known for its ability to improve cognitive functioning, making it an ideal genre for children to explore. Research has shown that exposing children to classical music can have a positive impact on brain development, mental health and lead to lower levels of anxiety and depression. Dr. Pilar Bradshaw, a pediatrician and founding member of Chamber Music Amici, explains, “Classical music is great for development and curiosity, and learning to play an instrument can help develop fine motor skills and other important abilities.” Despite these benefits, many children today don’t know what classical music is.

If you’re wondering how to get started, attending live concerts can be a great way to immerse your family in the genre. Chamber Music Amici is a local organization that offers free summer concerts at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum and affordable $5 student and family tickets to their regular season concerts at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield, OR. Chamber Music Amici aims to promote the development of a new generation of music lovers by encouraging kids and their families to enjoy the short, fun concerts they give, followed by desserts on stage after the music ends. Kids as young as six years old can be swept up by the magic. The organization has always been committed to exposing children to classical music and the wonder of chamber music in particular. As Dr. Bradshaw notes, “This genre can have a profound impact on children’s development and well-being, making it well worth exploring and incorporating into your family’s routine.”

Another way to introduce children to classical music is by utilizing online resources, such as curated playlists, educational games, and videos. For kids who are interested in learning to play an instrument, there are many options available. Local music stores often offer instrument rentals and lessons. Contact local music institutions and explore teachers for private and group lessons. Studies have shown that children who learn to play a musical instrument have improved memory, attention, and problem-solving skills.

Incorporating classical music into children’s lives doesn’t have to be a chore – in fact, it can be a fun and engaging activity for the entire family. Consider setting aside time each week to listen to a classical piece together, discussing different instruments and sounds you hear. You can encourage their curiosity and creativity by making a game out of it by asking your child to guess the composer or the name of the piece. Exposing children to classical music is an enriching experience that can provide a lifetime of benefits. Chamber Music Amici’s upcoming concert dates are June 4 & 5 and August 1 & 2. You can check performance information on their website at