When you homeschool kids, you can sometimes create a more enriching environment for them than they would get in a public or private school. This is one of the reasons that many parents homeschool their children in the first place.
But sometimes, you might feel like your child is missing out on certain cultural or extracurricular activities, as you can’t always teach all the subjects yourself!
Unlike math and science, music and other arts are subjects that are best taught by other artists, even at a young age. It’s because there’s a feeling that goes with the arts, even in early techniques, where students are not just learning equations or vocabulary.
For this reason, many homeschooling parents might be struggling to figure out how to introduce subjects like music into their homeschool curriculum. But learning music is important for children, especially at a young age.
In this post, we talk about why early music education is important, and why they might like working with an online music teacher to learn an instrument.
If you’re trying to introduce music to your homeschoolers, this post is for you.
Why is music important for your child?
First of all, if you’re on this post, I can tell that you’ve at least thought about whether music is important for young children to learn.
And in fact, it is! Everyone from psychologists to physiotherapists (and even other parents and kids!) know that music can improve concentration and even physical development.
Music has maths to it (count the beats), rhythms and melodies that create moods, and music can even improve study habits. And anyone who’s played in a group or sang in a choir knows the power of music to bind people together.
These things are important no matter which physical setting you’re in, whether you’re at home, with a small study group, or part of a larger class.
So I think we can agree that there are at least some benefits to your child learning music even if they homeschool.
What if you can’t teach your own child music?
It’s not easy to be the primary teacher for all or most of your child’s subjects, and especially for music. Music isn’t one of those mechanical subjects that you can just memorize and rehash.
Especially if you don’t feel like you are musical yourself, or if you don’t remember your own music education in grade school, it might seem like a stretch to teach your child music.
But now, it’s easy to add music education into your child’s curriculum even if you can’t do it yourself.
How to introduce the idea of music education
Many children will be happy to add even a semester of music into their learning schedule, and especially if it’s done in a fun way!
Today, you can pick from a dozen online recorded music courses or choose to work with a private music instructor, either remotely or in your local area.
I suggest working in a small group setting or one-on-one with a teacher, if possible because that’s the only way to get corrected and know if you’re playing things in key and with the right timing.
Music teachers, like myself, take time to understand where each child is at, and how they can best introduce new concepts to them as they progress. Many children like working with fun teachers, even if it’s online since it makes it less like a chore and more like a personal class experience.
When you make music education seem like more of an added benefit than a chore, it might be easier to get them excited about it.
Create a time for practice
But just taking online courses or watching a few videos won’t help them get music into their skin.
To really get a taste for music, your child could learn the basics of at least one instrument, whether it’s a recorder, a ukelele, the piano, or a set of bongos. According to Takelessons.com (where I also teach), these are some of the easiest instruments to pick up.
But even easy instruments require time for practice. Just like you need to set a homework time for other subjects, creating space for music practice helps develop healthy learning habits.
Focus practice means they can clear their minds of other things and just work on the sounds and feelings that music awakens.
What if my child doesn’t like learning music?
I’ve never heard of a child who didn’t like learning music at all. It just depends on how it’s taught.
But naturally, some children will love music and some won’t want to pick up their instrument even if you give them ice cream. And that’s just how it is.
But at least you can introduce them to it so they’ll have a cultural background in the arts, and then maybe later, who knows, they might decide to revisit music when they’re older?
Have you tried to teach your children music? What worked or didn’t work for you? Leave a comment and let us know.