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3 Fun Ways to Teach About Music

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3 Fun Ways to Teach About Music

3 Fun Ways to Tune In to Music

Want to increase the fun factor in your homeschool? What your kids ready to learn and on the edge of their seats waiting for their school day to start? Get them turned in to music! Here are 3 fun ways to tune in to music in your homeschool.

Watch fun movies about music

You're the parent, so you get final say on what movies you choose for your family, but here are some fun ones that highlight music.
  • School of Rock
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Sound of Music
  • My Fair Lady
  • The Blues Brothers
  • August Rush
  • West Side Story
  • Footloose
  • Saturday Night Life
  • Amadeus
  • Walk the Line
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Les Miserables
  • Pitch Perfect
  • West Side Story
There are many, many more and this list is primarily directed at older teens, though there's a little something for everyone in the family. You can include Disney movies such as Aladdin, Cinderella, and Little Mermaid.

Read fun books about music

Reading about music an be a source of inspiration for gauging your child's interest in music and growing it. Get your library card (or Amazon account) ready and see what fun you can discover with the following lists. Note: Research the titles to determine if they are a good fit for your own family.

For Youngers

  • Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (a Dr. Seuss book)
  • My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox
  • The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Fiddle-I-Fee by Melissa by Melissa Sweet
  • Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes
  • A Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers by Lisa Ernst
  • Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewey

For Middles

  • Mole Music by David McPhail
  • Song of Middle C by Allison McGee
  • The Really Awful Musicians by John Manders

For Olders (YA)

  • If I Stay by Gayle Foreman
  • A Little Wanting Song by Cath Crawley
  • Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Guitar Girl by Sarra Manning
  • Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson
Books For the Entire Family (great for read alouds)
  • The Story of Orchestra by Robert Levine
  • Play, Mozart, Play by Peter Sis
  • Ah, Music by Aliki
  • Forever Young by Bob Dylan
  • Can You Heart It? by William Lach

Study old dead guys who were musical geniuses

Seriously! Tune your kids into the musical geniuses of the past by studying who they were. Your kids can learn about the greats, the little knowns, and the who's who of music from centuries past.

Unit Studies

Even a Free Music Theory Lapbook

Books to Read

Recordings & YouTube Compilations

YouTube Compilations

  1. Classical Music for Kids
  2. The Best of Beethoven
  3. The Best of Brahms
  4. The Best of Chopin
  5. The Best of Debussey
  6. The Best of Handel
  7. The Best of Liszt
  8. The Best of Mendelssohn
  9. The Best of Mozart
  10. The Best of Rachmaninoff
  11. The Best of Schubert
  12. The Best of Strauss
  13. The Best of Tchaikovsky
  14. The Best of Vivaldi
  15. The Best of Wagner
Spotify Playlist

Get your kids tuned in to music and have fun

If you really want your kids to love music, make it fun! Pull together resources, recordings, and readings that make it relatable for them. Let them create their own music with simple instruments, printable sheet music, and their own ingenuity. Mistakes allowed! Watch movies about music together. Keep reading about music in your homeschool. Listen to high quality recordings. Create playlists of composers you're studying in iTunes or Spotify. Let your kiddos take the lead here. Rotate a notebooking page, unit study, or composer biography into your homeschool lesson planning on a regular basis. Tuning your kids in to music in your homeschool will ramp up fun and amplify learning.

 

3 Fun Ways to Teach About Music

4 Reasons to Include Music in Your Homeschool

4 reasons to include music in your homeschool4 Reasons to Include Music in Your Homeschool

Among the most important reasons cited when parents choose to homeschool is a concern for their child's academic success. Did you know that music can help you achieve academic success in your homeschool? 4 important reasons to include music in your homeschool include information retention, math advancement, improved English scores, and increased SAT and ACT scores.  

Improves recall and retention of verbal information

Have you ever noticed that when children are little everything is a little sing song? They will even tap out tunes with little fingers and feet. What are they doing? They are using an aid to remember and learn. Preschools, Sunday Schools, and Kindergarten is a time rife with learning through song. Teachers and parents know that music helps retain information. Learning in the form of song solidifies the thing being taught. It even helps their little brains grow faster. As children grow older, and take up an interest in music for themselves, studies show that both children who play an instrument, and those that use music as memory aid while studying (think: music playing in the background while studying), increase the amount of information they retain.

Advances math achievement

While music doesn't necessarily have its beginning in math, the very basis of music, sound, has numerical properties. These include form, rhythm, pitch, tempo, metre, pulse, and notes. Their relation to time and frequency are a mathematical expressions. Learning to play an instrument involves an understanding of math concepts, such as ratio and fractions. If you have a child struggling with math, you might consider letting them pick an instrument and starting lessons. The stress of learning math concepts on paper can be stressful. An instrument can solidify the concepts needed to be learned in a fun, hand-on, and engaging way. It might just help that math "click" for the first time. Studies show that there's a strong relationship to music and mathematics. The overlap in the two academic fields may be the answer as to why students who study music tend to see an advance in math achievement.

Boosts reading and English language arts skills

Ask your kids if they love flash cards. While you might occasionally get an enthusiastic, yes!, more often than not, you get heads shaking "no." While flash cards have their place, studies show that children who study music have longer and more complex vocabularies. The exciting thing about this finding, is that you don't have to work harder to get important vocabulary and English language art skills into your kids, music can help you.

Increases average SAT and ACT scores

If you want to give your student a head start on future tests, such as ACT and SAT, start music early. Organized music lessons have been shown to increase IQ and improve test scores. In a world of competitive college entrance, giving your child the advantage and gift of music as early as possible increases the positive outcome. Researcher, E. Glenn Schellenberg, PhD, concluded, "Overall, the study found that taking music lessons in childhood was a significant predictor of a higher IQ in young adulthood and a history of better high school grades. For the younger children, the study found a positive association between music lessons and higher school grades and higher scores on achievement testing in mathematics, spelling and reading." In conclusion, music is a wise choice for your student. If you want to increase their thinking, reasoning, verbal, and mathematical skills and abilities, get your kids tuned in to music.  

"I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning." Plato



Resources:
NAMM
Arte Music Academy. “Statistical benefits of music in education.” Statistical-Benefits-Of-Music-In-Education. Accessed July 17, 2014.

 

4 Reasons to include music in your homeschool

The Significance of Music Education In Children

The Significance of Music Education In Children

One should learn music for more than just the music. A few studies have found that music plays a key role in learning new skills and improves skills that can be utilized in other areas of life. A lot of research has been compiled to showcase the positive effects of music education on regular academics; they showed that music education increases GPA’s, enhances SAT scores and helps with reading and math. The Journal of Neuroscience has published a number of articles explaining that music changes the brain in such a way that the effects last a lifetime.


There are many benefits that learning music offers. Some of these benefits are:

  • Enhanced self-confidence.
  • Teaching the qualities of deferred perseverance, patience, and gratification
  • Improves awareness, patterns, rhythm, abstract thought, and other cognitive skills.
  • Offers opportunities to the adults to take part in community bands as their passion.
  • Refine exceptional motor skills and improve hand/eye coordination.

Children who take music lessons always come to the conclusion that hard work and practice leads to exceptional rewards. The effort of practicing the same song for months leads to the conclusion of mastering it and then performing it as no one can perform the song like you do. Learning to stick with a single song for a long time is an effective life lesson that comes in handy in other areas of life.

 

Opportunities in the Future

 

Learning music early in life also offers great opportunities to children in adulthood. Playing a musical instrument just for the sense of satisfaction is great enough, but it also opens the door to orchestras, community bands, concerts, and other effective and artistic outlets. Almost all of the musical instruments enhance hand/eye coordination, and children will benefit from effective movements and fine motor skills. Music also demands extraordinary spiritual awareness, and abstract thinking, which leads to improved reading and better mathematical skills. Inspecting notes and associating the written music to the strings or keys on an instrument creates broad brain pathways, especially if an instrument is mastered around the age of eight. Keeping track of music beats for eighth, quarter, half, and whole notes helps develop a sense of rhythm and children will be more likely to find patterns in music.

 

Effective Temporal Skills

 

One study also found an informal relation between music and spatial astuteness which means that music understanding can help your child visualize different elements, which can come in handy while solving math problems. These temporal skills help when dealing with multi-step problems as in engineering, math, art, architecture, gaming, and especially working with computers. And it doesn’t end there, aside from better performance in multi-step problems, music can also help your child with basic memory recall.

 

Overall Thoughts

 

All children (and even adults) should surely be given an opportunity to learn music at some point in their lives. It is a positive experience that should be led by encouraging parents. We’d love to hear your experience about your child’s music awareness; feel free to leave a comment below or email us at info@homemusictools.com

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