I admit to a bit of bias on the subject of music education in homeschool. I’m a classically trained pianist and proud piano teacher on the side. But I do believe that every child would benefit from private music lessons (in my humble and biased opinion!). That said, I know it’s not always feasible in every season of life. And as a one-income homeschool family ourselves, I know that the budget can’t always stretch that way. So, if private lessons are not an option, is all hope lost? Definitely not! Here are some easy and frugal ways to add music education to your homeschool.
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First, a bit of research if you don’t want to take my word for it.
Why Music Education Is Good For Your Brain
“A study found that learning to play a musical instrument seems to strengthen the brain – with the biggest benefits found in those who began lessons while still very young.” Read HERE.
“Between soccer and scouts, your school-age kid’s schedule is loaded with fun activities. If you’re on the fence about adding music classes to the list, take note of the benefits that come with signing your little one up for violin or piano lessons. Maybe she won’t be the next Beethoven, but she may have an easier time learning math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn more about the benefits of music education.” Read HERE about the Six Benefits of Music Lessons.
Music Education in the Early Years
I have such fond memories in early elementary school of our school music teacher playing the Nutcracker record for us while we clapped along with our rhythm sticks. (Yes, I did say record! I’m not a youngin’). This is the earliest form of music education I remember and it set the stage for many years of growth in this area! Even if you aren’t musical yourself, you can use these tips with your young kids.
Invest in some affordable rhythm instruments like these.
If you have no idea where to start, then read the story of the Nutcracker and have your child play along with one of the movements each day.
Another entirely enjoyable classic for children is Peter and the Wolf.
Pair this with Story of the Orchestra, and you will have lots to learn for weeks to come!
One final classic to listen to with young kids is The Carnival of the Animals.
Music Education for Older Kids
If your budget and sanity can handle it, I do highly recommend that you find a competent instructor in your area and gift your kids private music lessons in the instrument of their choice. The discipline private music study requires is not matched by many other pursuits.
Okay, but with that caveat out of the way, what can you practically do to give your kids exposure to music education and appreciation?
Check out the easy-on-mom resources over at MusicInOurHomeschool. She has courses and lessons on classical music, hymn study, composers, musicals, and even a Christmas mini-course!
What are your best music resources? Share below!