There should be no question that music does a child a world of good when it comes to learning. From a very young age, children can learn many concepts and basic skills through music and its application. Knowing how helpful music can be to your children in their educational journey, these resources for teaching music vocabulary can be the next step.
Music is in my blood. That’s why teaching my children about music is just a given. Thankfully, my kids began showing signs of interest in music early on.
I wish I would have been able to learn an instrument as a child. Because of that, I make sure my kids have all the opportunity they can to explore music and instruments as they grow.
I am Puerto Rican and music was all around me when I was growing up. During holidays or celebrations, the whole family would get together and sing. We are Latino, so there were always maracas, bongos and a guitar ready to play.
There was dancing and laughter. These times were definitely one of the very best memories I had as a child. I admired the music playing family members and wondered how they learned to play the instruments so well. I yearned for the day when I was the aunt shaking the maracas in a living room full of family playing music.
Life didn’t quite turn out the way I planned it would, but I still love music and my children have seemed to carry on the gene. Whether it’s dancing to salsa while we clean the house, or singing in the car on long road trips, music brings us joy.
I feel as though truly learning music is using a side of the brain that many people can’t use. I surely have rhythm, but playing an instrument or reading music takes practice that I never allowed myself to have, and takes the talent that I definitely do not have.
However, I knew early on that my children would have an ear for music. They loved to sing, and in my son’s case, he loved banging on things to make a beat.
Once I started homeschooling, I started to incorporate music into our lessons. From playing music in the background while we homeschool to researching the music of different countries as part of our geography units, we enjoy the music being a part of our homeschool journey.
Music can add so much to our home education. If you don’t believe me, then allow me to convince you in this article, How and Why to Add Music to Your Homeschool.
Once you get your young ones accustomed to music in your homeschool, teaching them some music vocabulary can be the next step in progression for music know-how for your kids.
For instance, Mr. A Music Place explains that:
It is an important point to note that concepts like beat and tempo are not song-specific. They aren’t just referring to special circumstances or directions that apply only to the musical work at hand. They are applicable to all musical works, and all creators and performers of music use them to convey their expressive intent. Just telling students that a work is supposed to go at a particular tempo is not enough. It is more important for students to understand why the work is supposed to go at that tempo, and how a tempo is selected as part of the process of preparing an interpretation. You see, here are more words that need to be understood.
When kids can make a connection between music and the life around them, creative learning can take place. Kids understand that instead of saying a beat is going fast, they can use the phrase “we need to increase the tempo.”
If you want to expand your child’s music vocabulary and understand that their love of music is a great way to do that, then these resources to help teach music vocabulary will be just what you need.
FREE Musical instruments | ISLCollective
Music Vocabulary Worksheets | ESL Printables
Musical Vocabulary Posters Bundle (Set of 10) | Cara Coffey Miscellaneous Me
Music Vocabulary Posters – Bundle of ALL 11 Posters | Making Music Memories with Brittany DeLaruelleWard
Elementary Music Vocabulary Puzzle BUNDLE | Puzzles to Print
Music Vocabulary Cards for Preschool and Kindergarten | Julie Locke
Music Vocabulary BINGO | Elementary Etudes
Musical Vocabulary and Instrument Activities | Lorenz Educational Press Family
Elements of Music Vocabulary | Flud
Music Word Wall- Music Bulletin Board Display | Becca’s Music Room
Music Vocabulary Mini-Unit For ESL | Love 2 Learn English
Free Music Word Search Worksheet for Spring | Anastasiya Studio
Musical Instruments Crossword | Puzzles to Print
FREE Music Basics Printables | ThoughtCo.
FREE Music Vocabulary Cards| Preschool Printable
Teaching Music to ChildrenMusic Proficiency Pack #2 – Sneaky Snake: Music Vocabulary Identification Activity (Music Proficiency Packs)Basic Music Vocabulary DVDToddler Sing and Sign: Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary and Verbal Skills the Fun Way – Through Music and Play
Does your child love music? Do you want your child to learn about music as I do? If your child is ready to dive deeper into learning the language of music, then music vocabulary is where you can start. The best part about music vocabulary is that it’s suitable for every age.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!