Eight to 10 the magical age in which you can influence your child’s taste in music 

Eight to 10 the magical age in which you can influence your child's taste in music 

A separate survey of 2,000 British parents by music streaming service Deezer also found that nearly four fifths of parents agreed that their children were far more receptive to their musical suggestions before the age of ten.

In constrast just 10 per cent of parents reported positive reactions from their teenage children when they shared their favourite music.

Some 79 per cent of fathers said they had tried to influence their childrens music, but just 69 per cent of mothers. However mothers were more effective  38 per cent reporting that their kids loved the tunes they shared, compared to 30 per cent of dads who in some cases said their children cried, groaned or even fell asleep.

Dr Egermann claims introducing children to a variety of musical styles is the key to fostering good taste in later life.

“By playing children a variety of genres before this critical period, research on familiarisation suggests they will enjoy lots of different types of music as adults,” he added.

“The benefits of having a wider taste in music include the ability to manage their emotions more effectively, socialise and bond with others more easily, as well to have a better understanding of other cultures.”

Dr Egermann advises parents not to push their favourite music too hard on their children, but instead play it as background music while a child is playing.

They can also help create positive memories about artists and bands by going to concerts and live music events together.

And the effect can also work in reverse.

“Parents are also susceptible to familiarisation, so if a child repeatedly plays their favourite music, parents may find they enjoy it a little more.

“If a teenager explains to their parents about why they like a specific artist or piece of music the parents will have an understanding of the song’s meaning and a better appreciation of what this song means for their teenager.”

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