Parents + children + opportunity = optimal learning together
It warms my heart to see children and their parents involved in musical exploration together. In "Our Time" classes, children eagerly watch to see what others are doing and engage in imitative play. That's why I often mention that children will more readily engage in the the activity when they see that their parents are also participating. They are collecting ideas from which to draw on for their future imaginative play.
When you are young, everything is a "Watch me" moment. Parents taking time to play with their children in activities that they find enjoyable are moments that are tucked away in a child's heart as meaningful and affirming. Confidence is built as children learn and are affirmed in their new skills, and pride in a task accomplished adds to a sense of well-being.
And, of course, it is just plain FUN to make music together with others!