The experts at Music Together say "no"....that everyone has the ability to learn to be musical.
The early childhood music organization is trying to get this word out, in reaction to a survey it commissioned, conducted online by Harris Poll, that shows 72% of parents believe children are either born with musical talent...or not.
In a press release, Kenneth K. Guilmartin, founder of Music Together, responds:
It is not true that you are either born musical or not. Just as we are all born with the potential to speak our native language, we are all born with enough music ability to learn to sing in tune and move in time, as long as parents and other primary caregivers provide an adequate music environment during early childhood. Of course, not everyone will emerge as a musical virtuoso, but we also don’t expect every child learning to talk to become a famous actor. But, all children can certainly learn to carry a tune and comfortably participate in music activities throughout their lives.
The survery also indicates that a surprisingly low 17% of parents sing to their children daily -- yet nearly all (98%) believe that children need music education.
Music Together is an internationally recognized early childhood music and movement program for children, birth through age seven, offering programs for families, schools, at-risk populations, and children with special needs, in over 2500 communities in 41 countries around the world. The group is popular right here in Connecticut.
Click here for more survey results and reaction from Guilmartin.