September is National Piano month. In honor of that do a quick study of the composers that maybe you haven’t studied before. Listening to classical music is really an amazing way to widen your horizons. According to some studies Mozart helps the brain in learning math. That in itself would be a great experiment. Try doing math with Mozart playing in the background one week and then nothing another week. Then try it with a different composer, and then a different type of music. Record your findings.
Music is daunting for me to teach because, while I enjoy music, I am not musical. All of my children take after their dad and can play piano by ear as well as sing and play other instruments . Hey, everyone needs an audience, right?
If you think of teaching music in terms of music appreciation rather than teaching the actually playing of music it isn’t so scary. Most of the time my music curriculum consists of me reading aloud from the encyclopedia while the kids listen to classical music in the background and et cookies. I try to expose them to a wide variety of music, including opera and musicals.
My musical tastes are very eclectic. I love Gilbert and Sullivan, a lasting legacy from the mom of one of my boyfriends in high school. I love certain country songs, certain rock songs, classical, jazz, blues, swing..oh yeah! Swing! I love praise music and contemporary christian..it is hard to know what will be on the playlist any given day.
Since our brains are working all the time we are learning all the time. Just like being read to, listening to music gives children a basis for learning to play an instrument later.
Expose your children to many types of music form an early age. Have musical instruments int he house as you can afford to and let them experiment. A harmonica, a recorder, a tambourine ..these are inexpensive ways for children to create music. If you can find a piano, or a guitar for a price you can afford then get them and put them out where kids can play with them. Our piano is an old upright from 1908. It is woefully in need of tuning. However, the kids never pass by the parlor that they don’t slip in and hit the keys a bit. A some point it turns into more than hitting the keys, I was surprised to hear my 8 year old playing Beethoven’s Ode To Joy the other day.
I didn’t find many homeschool resources on the internet for free music lessons. I did find this list of composers. You can click on the link, listen to their music and read a biography, Classical Music Composers
ANd I came across this site, The School Place which is great, with lots of helps and links.