Fostering and celebrating a child’s talent development is important. Not only is it great for their self-esteem and self-expression, but it brings fun and beautiful things into the world. Take the heartwarming musical talents of 17-month old Maya, for instance.
This child was waiting for her cue from daddy…
Maya looks so bright and cheery as the video opens. She’s waiting patiently for something to happen. Then you hear her off-camera dad speak and ask if she knows “Amazing Grace”.
Over the bridge and through the chorus, to a masterpiece
And she knows the song well. Without missing a beat, she hops right into a sing-song rendition of the chorus. The familiar tune is instantly recognizable and it’s clear that Maya is having a blast belting it out.
The song may be over, but this girl isn’t done yet
As she moves from the chorus to the bridge and the lyrics beyond, you can see her looking at her father. You can almost imagine how proud he must be of his talented little girl. It must have taken him so much to keep holding the camera rather than reaching down to give her a hug. But then, as she finishes the song she looks at her father as if asking, “What’s next?”
This little girl is already a pro
Maya then switches tracks and goes into a rendition of the ABC song. Even if she misses a few of the lines, you can tell that she’s proud of her memory and carries the tune with pride. If you listen, you might just hear her dad’s smile when he tells her that she did great!
Little girl shows remarkable command
As Maya bounces from song to song, she shows off her surprising command of vocabulary and melody. She sings through words that would challenge children twice her age with a skill and energy that’s impressive. Maybe it’s not even the words, maybe she just loves singing and is going to show it off no matter what.
She couldn’t have it done it without his help
While Maya is clearly the star of the show in this video, let’s not forget her dad. The unsung hero gets a lot of props for encouraging his daughter to sing. The way he proposes song after song while making sure to offer praise is a show of great parenting.
It’s also telling that he offers a variety of songs from quite a few different genres. He doesn’t just stick to simple nursery rhymes and listens patiently as she works through familiar or challenging lyrics. Parents and guardians will tell you that this is how you can help a child become more comfortable and willing to tackle challenge and speak publicly.
Child’s enthusiasm shows a love of music like none other
Maya’s appreciation shows in every bouncy gesture and big full-faced smile. Towards the end of the video she can hardly even stay still. It almost looks like she’s going to fall over laughing or bump into the camera. But the show must go on, so Maya keeps singing song after song.
Arts and mathematics all in one adorable bundle
But the young child isn’t just a talented vocalist in the making. As her father says, she’s also pretty smart. so towards the end of the video, her father runs her through several math problems. Notice how fast she answers the questions and how confident she looks in her answers.
Maya is what happens when you encourage a child to explore their talents and interests. She’s also an example of a child’s ability to soak up and master information quickly. If she’s this talented now, how far will she go in the future?
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