Teach My Child Music

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A homeschool mom wants to provide the very best for her kids, but past the essentials of math, history, science, reading, and Bible, sometimes it’s hard to get to those other subjects she’d love to have her kids learn, especially if she doesn’t feel particularly skilled to teach it. That’s very true of music. But, you can do it! Learn how to teach music in your homeschool today.

 

"How do I teach my child music?" seems to be a common question. Here is how you can not not only teach your child music but you can excel at it.

 

Ways to Teach My Child Music 

There are several categories of music to teach in your homeschool. Private music lessons, group music lessons, music theory, music appreciation (music history), composer study, and hymn study are some of the main ones. See below for some practical and easy ways to include some of these in your homeschool, even today!

Private and Group Music Lessons

Private and group music lessons, like piano or choir, are probably the most common thing we think of when we consider music for our kids. In some ways, it’s easy for homeschoolers to do this. We have more flexibility in our schedules, we can find private teachers to come to our homes during the school day, or perhaps we can find a choir or other musical group to join at a homeschool co-op.

But, on the other hand, it might be difficult. As we are often single-income homes, finding the money for private lessons might be a stretch. Or, there may not be enough time with all the other activities we are doing with our kids.

Here are a few options you may not have considered:

  • Many teachers are now providing lessons through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, etc.
  • Find a younger teacher (we have even used teenagers) who will charge less.
  • There are also video lessons available (and some are free on Youtube!). See Music in Our Homeschool for several of these options.
  • Find a homeschool mom who can teach music and start up a new class at your co-op.

Music Theory

Music theory is best taught along-side private or group music lessons, but to do extra practice at home, use an app or this fun and FREE printable pack! There are some really fun apps for learning note names and everything else music theory related.

Music Appreciation and Composer Study

I think music appreciation is the easiest way to include music in your homeschool. If you have a streaming service such as Spotify or Amazon Prime Music, you can simply use a ready-made playlist to learn about a particular music style or composer. Search “jazz” or “opera for kids” or “Bach” or “Rossini” and you’re ready to listen! These playlists are also available on Youtube.

Or, if you want something more organized, Music in Our Homeschool is a resource dedicated to bringing music appreciation online courses to your home and homeschool. See Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com for music appreciation courses for all ages (elementary through high school) and various topics such as “Music Appreciation of the Middle Ages thru Classical Era,” “Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days,” and “Intro to Musicals.”


Pro tip: Tauna actually uses the membership option from Music in our Homeschool! It’s a fantastic resource that gives you access to so many courses for pre-k through high school, monthly lesson calendars, live music lessons, and more. 🙌


Hymn Study

If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, you may have already considered including hymn study in your homeschool. There are quite a number of hymn study curricula for you to choose from.

But, I’d love to tell you about “Great Hymns of the Faith,” because not only are you learning about the hymns, who wrote them, and why they were written, you can use the included videos to learn to sing in 4-part harmony. And there are devotionals written by some of the most encouraging homeschool moms out there, including Tauna Meyer!

 

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Gena Mayo is homeschooling mom of 8 and music teacher who helps homeschoolers include music in their homeschools.

       

Gena Mayo is a homeschool mom of 8 and music teacher for more than 20 years. She loves encouraging and equipping other homeschool moms to include music in their homeschools. Learn about resources, download freebies, and enter giveaways at Music in Our Homeschool. Find easy-to-use online courses at Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com. She’d love to connect with you on Instagram and the Music in Our Homeschool Facebook group.

 

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. What an incredible giveaway! All three studies look
    fabulous, hope to use the hymn study right away
    for our family.
    Thank You!

    1. I would love to study you Great Hymns of the Faith course ( and the Holiday music course and…..)

  2. Would love to dive into the Hymn study with my kids!

  3. I am excited to have extra resources to add to music learning in our home.

  4. This is an awesome giveaway. We are excited about it all, but specifically the Hymn study.

  5. Music Appreciation Courses are great addition to any homeschool! I would love to win the courses! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  6. Hi, Thank you for the giveaways! The Music Course giveaway gives an error page when you press the link to sign up for the free mini lessons (last entry option). Thank you! P.S. Some of the entry instructions were unclear what you wanted in order to enter. For example, you say to visit you on Instagram, then there is a blank box. It doesn’t say what you want in the box in order to enter. Maybe, nothing?

    1. Sorry about that! Those are fixed now 🙂

  7. I am excited about the hymns of Faith course!

  8. The hymns one!

  9. Hymns of the faith looks really good.

  10. Thanks for all the great info and the freebie!

  11. Our kids would love 20th century music appreciation and I have always wanted to do a hymn study with them.

  12. great hymns of faith

  13. I’m excited about any and all of these! Music has always been something we have struggled to add music to our homeschool day so any of these would be wonderful!

  14. Id love to win the highschool 20th century Music course for triplets I’m teaching this year.

  15. I am most excited about Great Hymns of Faith!

  16. Music in the 20th century for high schoolers. Hymn one sounds neat, too.

  17. I love the idea of incorporating hymn study into our homeschool….and these tools would make it easy to do! Thanks.

  18. I grew up in a musical household. I am always looking for ways to include music studies into our homeschool life.

  19. This would be so wonderful. I’ve been looking for something to cover music of the 20th century and I know my son especially would love the hymn study; I love that Gena’s son collaborated on the project and he would be inspired.

  20. I love the idea of teaching the history of hymns. There are so many hymns that have such great meaning and praise to God. This curriculum sounds wonderful!

  21. Music is the area I have definitely failed in with homeschooling even though I play the piano myself! I am interested in the high school online course.

  22. All 3 courses look great. I would love for my 16 year old to complete the music appreciation course, I’ve been eyeing the hymn study course for weeks (I’d really like to learn the history behind each of them), and music is such a part of most holidays that it would be good to incorporate that into our studies as well.

  23. Thanks for all of your great resources. So far my kids have loved the Bible brick challenges the most.

  24. I really want all of them, but my kids are elementary, so I’d use the holidays first.

  25. I love Gena’s stuff!
    20th century music looks awesome.

  26. I would love to have the Music Appreciation Online Courses in our homeschool. It’s awesome, thanks!

  27. Great hymns of the faith .

  28. I would love to win, this is our first full year of homeschool and I want a more structured music class. Thanks for the suggestions, they are great.

  29. I love the looks of the hymn study.

  30. I have purchased Gena’s products before and loved them, it would be great to add more to. My homeschool library!

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