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Did you know that my lad and I used to practice songs together? We’d memorize hymns such as Rock of Ages or Silent Night. We picked up playing the keyboard and have learned some flute. I love music though I admittedly have lost my good singing voice. Introducing this love of music has been a goal of mine for the past 14 years. 🙂 I don’t know how successful I have been, but my lad has signed up to learn guitar this coming year. Could it be true that my lad might enjoy learning music?
So let’s imagine that you, like me, have this desire to help your children enjoy learning music. How might you do so? I’ve collected some resources that may prove useful for you.
- Classics for Kids. I LOVE this website. My lad and I used it throughout his elementary years. Listening to classical music, learning about the composers behind it. Wonderful site!
- Harmony Fine Arts has a music appreciation course that you might like.
- If you are learning music and want to learn some theory to go with it, Teoria and Music Theory might be sites you want to check out.
- Music in our Homeschool is a facebook group for folks wanting to bring music… into their homeschool! 🙂 I’ve been a member since it started I think. It’s a pretty good group of people.
- Grab a song, whether it’s a hymn, folk, country, jazz or whatever. Learn songs of your choice. Learn about the person who wrote it. Music draws people together. Memorizing songs serves you well in your older age if you have it memorized and you can’t read the words! 🙂 (No no, not speaking from experience!) Give that gift to your children and sing together.
- you could even head to youtube to listen to various genres of music. See what you like and what you don’t.
Games and More
- SFSkids has a flash player game to learn about the orchestra. Then go to Carnegie Hall and play an orchestra related game. Both require flash player to work.
- Another way to add enjoyment to your music lessons is to make your own instruments. This can be as simple as beating a plastic bowl, taping elastics to a box, or blowing on a piece of grass held between your palms. There are kits to build your own ukulele.
- Two years ago we got a subscription to the K-W Symphony. Just a two ticket package for six different shows. The lad and Dad went a couple times on their own, and I and Dad and then twice we bought an extra ticket so we could all go. It was a TOTAL hoot! The lad loved it and got to listen to many different styles of music. He developed a love of classical and plays it while he does his school work. We would LOVE to do this again sometime. 🙂 If you can… do it!
Reviews I’ve Done
- Maestro Classics is a fun way to learn music. CD’s telling a story about music and composers. It’s a great listen.
- Learning piano or organ? You might want to check out this free music site called Simply Music. This is my review.
I hope you have found something to help your students enjoy learning music. Adding music into your life will add depth and enjoyment to your life. Music is a good thing! 🙂
This post is my last in the write 31 days challenge. I know some I was very strict and stuck to the five minute rule and others I just included it as part of another post. It’s okay to do that you know, sometimes you have to bend the rules to make a challenge work. 🙂