Teaching Music at Home – A Guide for Parents #MusicMonday
As a homeschooler myself, I know that it can be tough. My mom knows a lot, but she doesn’t know everything. While I was being homeschooled, mom turned to all sorts of resources in order to make my day ordered, fun, and informative. What she didn’t have was the internet. School of Composition has a great answer to the question: How can a parent who is not a musician teach music to their child?
When a family learns a new skill together, that new skill is more likely to stick for the kids than if they were learning it all on their own. It goes back to the bonding principle I mentioned above. You and your child will be on the same level, basically, evening the playing field, as they say. You can either make it a fun competition to see who can learn the fastest or you can learn side-by-side in a cooperative effort with your child. Whatever works best in your family and whatever keeps your kid motivated, go that route.
When the family sits down together to learn music in homeschooling, the whole family is suddenly involved in the child’s education. They feel supported, encouraged, and no longer alone on their journey to learn. In fact, you may find that your child is excelling at their homeschooled music lessons. If that’s the case, ask them to help you—what a fun and exciting change of events for your child! That will be a huge confidence boost for them and it’ll further strengthen the family bond, which will then cement their music lessons in their heads and hearts.
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