Music Education is often overlooked in many homeschools.
Well meaning parents spend hours planning for just the right math, reading, history, and science curriculums.
Music (and art for that matter), always seem to fall in last place when it comes to educational “requirements” for our children.
As a musician, this greatly disheartens me, but as a homeschooling mom I can COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND.
Our society tells us certain skills are important for our children to know in order to be “successful”. By the time you have completed math drills, reading instruction, a history lesson, daily chores, and the myriad other things there are to accomplish, there is little room left for music, is there?
I would like to encourage you to MAKE TIME. I have seen firsthand the benefit of a musically rich homeschool, and I believe every child should be afforded the opportunity to appreciate the beauty and wonder that is inherent in quality music.
Why should you make time? Following are just three (of many) reasons to include music in your homeschool:
Music is good for the soul. Every human being needs beauty in their life. Whether listening to a Bach Brandenburg Concerto or to Ella Fitzgerald singing a fun song, music can bring out emotions in us that would normally lie dormant. Consider the words of Beethoven:
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
Music helps us understand history. To study the music of a certain time period gives us a window into the emotions and thoughts of that era. Music is directly related to architecture, art, and social trends. Studying music as a part of our history curriculum makes learning deep and meaningful. Including living books about famous musicians is an invaluable addition to any time period you are studying.
Making music builds concentration, perseverance, and discipline. When a child takes private lessons or participates in a musical ensemble they are required to concentrate and LEARN. (Perhaps you are wondering about piano lessons?) They must show a level of commitment to achieve a goal. A child who prepares for a piano recital goes through the important act of setting a goal, choosing music, practicing, and then performing. What awesome preparation this is for adulthood!
I look forward to sharing simple ways to incorporate music into your homeschool each month here at Heart of The Matter. Music can be something that you, the parent, can facilitate and nurture without being an expert. I’d like to help you do that.
If you’d like to see me address something in particular, please leave a comment to let me know.
Mary is the mother of two – one elementary aged child and one middle grades child. She is a musician, having taught for 10 years in the public schools before deciding to stay at home with her children. She wants to help you incorporate music into your homeschool! She blogs at Homegrown Learners, where she offers unit studies, music lessons, and more.