Video Watch: Who says Western Classical Music is not for kids?

Glenn Doman a physical therapist, a pioneer in the field of child brain development and author of many books said, ” The English language has over 100,000 words while Music has 7 notes then why do we not teach/expose our kids to music at an early age?” The video captures the love for music, the anxiety children feel before they are up on stage, the spirit of playing together as a group and and the grace that Western Classical music brings.
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Music is not limited to adults alone. Enough has been said about the numerous benefits of music in a child’s life. Glenn Doman a physical therapist, a pioneer in the field of child brain development and author of many books said, ” The English language has over 100,000 words while Music has 7 notes then why do we not teach/expose our kids to music at an early age?”

We often generalize that certain things are only for adults and kids would not enjoy them. What we often forget is we don’t get to decide that. Children are like a sponge, they absorb and absorb fast. They don’t have any qualms about learning or being choosy. We influence their minds to believe that one is better than the other. Unless the child is really sure it’s usually the parent who decides what the child should be doing.

This exactly what the NCPA and SOI have successfully shown in this simple video.

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) felt Western Classical music was unable to speak to today’s audiences.

For decades this genre has been dressed up in tailcoats, serious expressions and a preconceived notion that it is meant for a generation ‘much before mine’. But the truth is, Western Classical music is enjoyable at every age.

This short video, shot on a Saturday afternoon, has talented young artists perform ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven. They landed up not in tailcoats, but little trousers and colourful frocks. Most of them hadn’t mastered the art of tying their shoes laces yet but aced Beethoven’s greatest work.

According to Zenobia Pithawalla, Executive Creative Director, Ogilvy and Mather, the best thing about this idea is that to address the preconceived notions about Western Classical music, to change them, one note at a time.

The video captures the love for music, the anxiety children feel before they are up on stage, the spirit of playing together as a group and and the grace that Western Classical music brings. Music heals, disciplines and ofcourse adds a whole new perspective to the lives of children.

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