This week we’re discussing the extracurricular subjects that add to every child’s educational experience. Today, we’re tackling music. Learning music has been shown to have wonderful intellectual benefits for children. Don’t worry, even if you can’t read music or play an instrument, the activities we’ve found will make teaching music appreciation to your child a breeze!
- Show: The first step is to give your child examples to build their knowledge upon. For a good foundation, have your child listen to music. This can be whatever music your family listens to, or you could check out some of the classic composers online, or simply let your child pick an appropriate genre. The important thing is to tell your child to really listen to the music. The important thing is to tell your child to really listen to the music and the components of each song, like the different instruments that are used, the range of notes, layering of beats, etc. They might not like everything they hear, but they’ll at least begin to develop their ear and discover what they do or don’t like. If you’d like to add onto this, you could even watch a few musicals!
- Learn: Print out music notes or draw them from a picture. Your child can learn them in the same way that they learned to read and write, whatever works best for them, whether that’s writing/drawing them out, saying them aloud, or creating diagrams. This will take some time, but once they know them the rest is easy. You can also relate this process to math and learning fractions. Create circles and divide them into pieces, one circle for the whole note, half, quarter, and so on with a picture of that type of note in each section. This is a great way to learn to recognize the rhythmic symbols (and review fractions).
- Practice: If your child shows interest in learning more, explore that interest. Maybe they’d like to practice singing or to try to learn an instrument. This can be done in many, many ways. You can seek out choirs or lessons in your community, but you can also check out the abundance of resources online for learning music. Provide what means you can for them and help them find opportunities, and you may be surprised by what talent and passion springs out of this endeavor!
Do you teach music in your homeschool? How do you go about it? Let us know in the comments!
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