Homeschooling is more common than ever—and for a good reason. The flexibility in schedules and opportunities to learn subjects, such as the arts, that might get passed over in a traditional school make a home education very appealing to many. Another benefit is allowing children the time to find personal interests and pursue passions in a deeper way than if they were in school all day. As you look for ways to expose your children to the arts, you may find our tips for making music a part of your homeschool experience quite helpful.
Children won’t fall in love with music if they never hear it. Play lots of different music in the home so kids can make their own choice as to what their favorite music is. Classical music is soothing and great background music while writing, reading, or studying. Some even say it stimulates the brain in a way that may make children more intelligent. All we know, is it’s calming and certainly can’t hurt.
Choose an Instrument
Whether you’re hoping for a garage band or a classically trained violinist, studying the different types of instruments together helps kids see what’s out there and what they might like to play. Every child has their own personality and that plays a role in which instrument is right for them. Pay close attention to those personality traits and you’ll be able to help your kids make a wise decision in instrument choice.
As a family, go and hear some live music this summer. The local pub, churches, and large concert venues all offer different styles of music. Exposing kids to all genres gives kids a respect for all music and musicians. Plus, it’s a ton of fun to just sit and listen.
If you have a child interested in an instrument, it’s okay to just let them try it out on their own for a bit before investing in music lessons. However, if they seem quite passionate about it and eager to learn, it may be time for lessons from a professional.
A gifted child who finds an old trumpet in your storage room and starts playing like they were born to play benefits from lessons because a teacher will make sure they are starting with the right habits for their instrument of choice. Even if it sounds good, a beginner needs to start correctly from the beginning for years of comfortable playing and growth.
Using our tips for making music a part of your homeschool is a great start to get you and your children on the path to a love for music. Enjoy your homeschool journey, and remember—that squeaky noise coming from your child’s violin may be part of a world-renowned symphony someday. Good job, mom.