You’ve chosen to homeschool for so many wise and caring reasons. There are many benefits to homeschooling, many of which you probably know, but some may surprise you.
Benefits of Homeschooling
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- Develop their intellectual curiosity and keep a positive attitude toward lifelong learning.
- Grow in self-esteem and confidence.
- Develop an appreciation of other cultures and sensitivity to other people’s feelings.
- Learn teamwork, mutual support and healthy connection with other people.
- Increase their potential for high achievement in academic subjects.
- Enjoy schooling and, in fact, enjoy life as a whole.
Well, there is one subject you can offer your children that will contribute beautifully to all these goals: music! You can provide music education for your children to whatever extent you choose – and without shortchanging their other studies.
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If you use music to recreate as a family, you will all gain great benefits like those listed above and will enhance your family’s cohesiveness. Children of all ages can enjoy singing with the family, attending musical performances, and learning to play instruments along with other family members. Even toddlers can have fun with simple rhythm instruments while others are singing or playing music. When you are planning an ethnic specialty for your dinner, your children could choose appropriate background music. And family members might take turns providing musical entertainment for special family occasions.
What – a drum?!
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Whatever the content of your music curriculum, it is essential to provide instruments for your children. Even young children can be given musical instruments to experiment with. If a three- or four-year-old has a piano, for example, they’ll enjoy freely experimenting with it. Over the years, you can find opportunities to offer brief demonstrations of other things they can do with the instrument.
The instruments that may be easiest and most satisfying for a five-to-seven year old beginner are the piano or other keyboard instruments, a good quality ukulele, snare drum (with practice pad!) or glockenspiel. Simple instructional materials for each of these are readily available.
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When you’re ready to incorporate regular lessons, you can discover resources online – blogs by other homeschool families as well as commercially-published curricula – that can help with music appreciation studies. You might also find a chorus or small performance group for homeschool children.
Whether you provide a planned curriculum, study musical instruments, attend musical performances together, or in various ways use music to recreate as a family, you will all find lifelong benefits and joy in music.