Music is, in many ways, a foreign language. It takes skill and practice to learn it - to dream it, to feel the tones and rhythms in your blood.
I never took instrument or voice lessons as a child. Even so, my childhood was not without music. I heard the leaves rustling, the birds twittering, the classical greats as I leapt across dance floors, the pounding of my heart at soccer games, and the sweet soprano of my mom's voice as she strummed her guitar.
I don't know what the future holds for my little girls - if they will embrace singing or art or science or rock-climbing. But I do know I want to open doors so that they can see the possibilities. To give them the chance to try.
To look inside themselves and see what music they find there.
Hohner Kids recently sent us their beautiful My First Acoustic Guitar (~$50) and a Hand Drum (~$10). The guitar is adorably-sized - perfect for little fingers (ages 4+). It's a miniature version of the real thing. The drum is super fun too - with nice tones for exploring and creating music.
* Hohner Kids also offers a variety of other musical instruments: cymbals, accordions, maracas, harmonicas, etc.