Including music appreciation in your homeschool is an awesome way to enrich your children’s education. There are many ways that this can be done, and they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Many people have a hard time with this subject as they are not musically inclined themselves, so included here are a few basic resources and simple ways to introduce your kids to music.
Not only will children benefit from music appreciation, but learning a musical instrument can enhance math skills, coordination, social skills and language. Music is a wonderful gift that you can give to your children.
Genres of Music
First, start by introducing children to different types of music. You can find resources at the library or use a streaming service to introduce your kids to different types of music such as classical music, the Blues, Jazz and Folk Music. Softly play music while you are homeschooling, to help your children relax or during quiet time.
Have children research and study composers and the eras they belonged too. These will make great unit studies as they resesarhc each composer, the era they lived during and the instruments they played. They will love learning about Beethoven and how he was able to compose music, even though he couldn’t hear!
YouTube has tons of videos of different genres of music as well as videos to help you learn how to play different instruments. These videos can help encourage your child learn about different instruments and help them decide if and what instrument they would like to learn to play.
If you are able to, children will benefit from paid lessons. Though for this you will need to purchase an instrument for your child to practice with, as well as the music lessons, it is a great opportunity for children. They could also take singing lessons or join a choir if they prefer to sing.
Free Music Resources
If you are looking for some great free music resources to help introduce children to this subject, then these free printables are just what you need.
A great way to introduce children to music notes is with the Beginner Music Pack. This printable pack contains a piano keyboard, treble clef and bass clef, with blank sheets which enable you make your own activities as well.
Then, children can move onto this Music Note Flashcards printable pack that contains 24 flashcards; 12 for the treble clef and 12 for the bass clef. They are a great step up, and a fun activity that can be used for memory games, matching games and music note recognition games.
These Music Vocabulary Cards are a great way to introduce children to different symbols used in music.
Learning about the different instruments in the orchestra is a great way for children to see if they would like to learn to play an instrument. This Musical Instruments Booklet and these Musical Instrument Cards are a great way to introduce children to these instruments.
For one week only, you can get these Music Symbols Posters and Coloring Pages for FREE! Usually, $3, this pack contains all the basic music signs and symbols as well as some of the more unusual ones. It comes with pages for both the US and UK names for the symbols.
So pop on over to Simple Living. Creative Learning to grab your FREE Music Symbols Posters and Coloring Pages!
Stacey is a homeschooling Christian mum trying to live a simple, frugal, healthy life. She lives with her husband and two gorgeous boys in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia. You can check out her blog at Simple Living Creative Learning where you find printables, kids activities, homemaking resources, homeschooling encouragement, and even some recipes!