3 Fun Ways to Teach About Music

3 Fun Ways to Teach About Music

3 Fun Ways to Tune In to Music

Want to increase the fun factor in your homeschool? Want your kids ready to learn and on the edge of their seats waiting for their school day to start? Get them tuned 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 Fever
  • Amadeus
  • Walk the Line
  • Mary Poppins
  • The Phantom of the Opera
  • Les Miserables
  • Pitch Perfect
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 Hear 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.


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