It’s a dilemma shared by so many homeschool moms. You want to give your children a well-rounded education, and, of course, that includes music. But how can you include music in your homeschool when you aren’t musical yourself?
Well, it is possible! Here are eight great ways to include music in your homeschool:
1) Read Books
It seems that every time I’m at the library I find more great pictures books related to music. There are some that teach about the instruments of the orchestra or about great composers throughout the ages. If you need some suggestions, ask your librarian!
2) Watch Musicals
I love watching musicals with my kids. There are some fun ones that are great for elementary ages, such as Mary Poppins, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz. Watch these for a super easy way to add some music education in your homeschool
3) Attend Performances
Keep your eyes and ears open to learn about performances in your community. Local bands and orchestras often have special kids concerts during the day. Many parks will host bands in the summertime. And, libraries often have smaller chamber groups and soloists perform. Talk with your kids before you attend about proper concert etiquette: listening, not being distracting, and applauding.
4) Utilize a Pre-Made Playlist
Do you have Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, or another subscription music app? These, often have pre-made playlists such as “Opera for Kids” or “Great Beethoven Music” that will give you the music to listen to. If you don’t have a subscription service, just search for the playlists on YouTube!
5) Start Music Lessons
I’m often asked what age kids should start private music lessons. Five is a good age for violin, and seven is a good age for piano. But, ask the teacher because some will prefer for kids to be a bit older. If you as the mom would like to become more musical yourself, take music lessons along with your kids!
6) Add Music to Your Homeschool Co-op
If you attend a homeschool co-op, find a mom who can teach music to start a class there. There are so many types of music classes to try: music appreciation, music theory, recorder, choir, piano class, drumming, preschool music & movement, etc.
7) Listen in the Car
Do you have a classical radio station in your town? If you do, listen to it for 5 minutes or so each time you drive around with the kids. They (and you) will start hearing a different type of music and hopefully will find some you enjoy! I also recommend Maestro Classics CDs for music appreciation.
8) Use an Online Course
To help moms at home and at homeschool co-ops, I have created a number of music courses at Music in Our Homeschool. If you only have a little time to do some music with your kids, you’ll like 15-Minute Music Lessons.
So, which one of these eight will you start with? Some of these are super easy and free! Add a little music to your homeschool today!
About the Author
Gena Mayo is a homeschool mom of eight and music teacher for more than twenty years. She loves encouraging and equipping homeschool moms at I Choose Joy! and helping them to include music in their homeschools at Music in Our Homeschool.
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