According to the recent report of BBC news, a nationwide test among six hundred children, aged between six and fourteen, has showed that only eleven percent could name a classical performer and thirty five percent could name a classical composer. It is a pity and a shame that we do not let our children listen classical music. We, adults, know about all the effects brought about when we listen classical music, but still prevent our children from doing that. For instance, there is the term "Mozart Effect", coined by the educator Don Campbell, who has concluded after long-lasting studies that children, who listen classical music, Mozart in particular, illustrate better mental skills, physical coordination and learning abilities.
Certainly, we do want our children to be clever and witty, but forget about simple things, which help to develop their taste and mind. The existence of the problem seems so awkward today, when there are so many means and possibilities around us. The following web sites will be valuable for those, who would like to know more about classical music, classical performers and composers, to listen classical music online and to accomplish personal collections:
Classical Online Radio Webcast is a collection of more than a hundred Live Classical Radio Stations and Classical Music on the Web, broadcasting in RealAudio, Media Player or MP3 on the Internet;
Classical.com offers a variety of classical CDs and classical downloads and in addition, an ability to create custom CDs or play lists. The site also includes news, reference, links and more;
www.ultmusic.com/classical allows to buy classical music CDs and classical music audio cassettes at great prices online;
www.classical.net/music/welcome.html features more than three thousand and four hundred CD/SACD/DVD/Book reviews, as well as over four thousand links to other classical music web sites;
www.onlineclassical.com gives a possibility to buy music and read articles about classical music and such composers, as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi.
Certainly, the list is not complete and you will find a lot more, concerning the topic of classical music. The most important thing is that in order to like classical music, you should begin to listen to it and have your children as your company. However, there are several instructions, which parents should follow so that their children begin to love listening to classical music rather than hating it. The parents should make classical music a regular "ingredient" of a daily life, it is better to listen to it together so that your child will see your participation in the event, follow the saying "children are a mirror of their parents". It will never do to force classical music on your child or ban the other genres of music; on the contrary, classical music should be mixed with the other genres of music through a day. Choose and buy classical music collections or CDs together with your child and let him choose what to buy. You can encourage your child to learn to play a musical instrument, it is not meant entirely for the future career, but it will be of a great positive impact on the development of a child's memory and mental abilities.
Finally, there is an abundance of classical compositions, especially suitable for children. The information along with classical music downloads is available on music-guide.com.