Yes You CanTeach Music! Homeschool Music Curriculum Idea!

Do you need a homeschool music curriculum? We’ve got you covered!

You can teach homeschool music with this homeschool music curriculum

Mrs. Typical Homeschooler writes:

“Why should I teach my children music? Don’t I already have enough other subjects to teach? By the time I cover reading and writing, science and math, not to mention history, geography and Bible, when will there be time to fit in music, too?

“And besides, I don’t know anything about music myself. I’ve never played an instrument, can’t read a note, and don’t know Bach from Beethoven. How can I teach what I don’t know?”

Welcome to the reality of a homeschool mom’s life—so much to teach, so little time. But is music really an “extra”? An elective? Just for the elite few who are talented or whose parents can afford private music lessons?

It doesn’t have to be. I have spent my career connecting people of all ages with music. But first let’s examine some of the reasons music should be a part of your family’s daily life.

Artistic expression. God created us in His image. He is creative and He has made us creative, too. Music gives us opportunities to express our creativity, blessing both ourselves and others.

Jazz musician Bill Evans said, “When you play music you discover a part of yourself that you never knew existed.”

The American author and professor, Oliver Wendell Holmes, wrote, “Most of us go to our grave with our music still inside us, unplayed.”

Don’t let that happen to your child or to you.

Intellectual benefits. Research exploring the link between music and intelligence reports that music training is far superior to computer instruction in dramatically enhancing children’s abstract reasoning skills which are necessary for learning math and science.

Reports published by the Music Teachers National Association state that children who play the piano score 34% higher on tests measuring the spatial-temporal abilities used in math, chess, science, and engineering.

Physical coordination. Children who regularly play an instrument, even one of their own making, benefit from the cross-brain requirements of the activity. Eye-tracking and fine motor coordination are improved while playing a musical instrument, as well.

Likewise, dancing, marching, skipping, and other musical activities improve coordination, not to mention being great exercise.

Emotional release. Music helps us to express many emotions. Music can lighten the spirits or help us to empathize with another’s grief. It can calm us when we are frightened. It can bring us into the presence of God.

The Bible tells us that David sang to pass the time in the desert while tending sheep and later while running from Saul. Paul and Silas were noted for singing worship songs while in prison (Acts 16:25).

Albert Schweitzer, noted physician, missionary to Africa, and musician, arranged for a carpenter to make him a table while he was held as a prisoner of war during World War I. Not only could he use the table for writing, but he “played” the table as the keys of an organ, using the floor for the foot pedals, hearing the music inside his head.

Alice Sommer-Herz, a 107-year-old Holocaust survivor, still practices the classics two to three hours daily. Music brought her comfort in the camp and continues to bless her in her old age. Not many pastimes can be enjoyed equally by the youngest and the oldest—music is one of them.

Social benefits. We sometimes forget that music is not just isolating ourselves in a practice room, or tuning out of society and tuning into our iPods. People are drawn together by singing, playing, and listening to music. Sharing music with others can build poise and be a blessing to lonely people who crave companionship. The music lingers long after the messengers have departed.

Scripture commands us to make music. Many passages in the Bible command us to make music including Psalm 100:1-2, Psalm 98:1,4-6, and Ephesians 5:18-20.

Martin Luther wrote,

“I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given mankind by God. . . . Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in this world. . . . This precious gift has been given to man alone that he might thereby remind himself of the fact that God has created man for the express purpose of praising and extolling God.”

Music touches us in every area of our lives—body, soul, mind, and spirit. Nothing has quite the same power over us, other than the Holy Spirit Himself. It is a gift that we can take to heaven with us. Don’t neglect music in your family life or homeschool.

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For help getting started, see Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music , my easy-to-use homeschool music curriculum children of all ages.

Beethoven Who shows you how to:

  • Hear appealing classical, traditional, folk, patriotic, and sacred music—no CDs to buy!

  • Enjoy fun hands-on activities with your children

  • Tie in music with other subjects and interests

  • Grow comfortable with the vocabulary of music

  • Unlock the mysteries of musical notation

  • Hundreds of links, 332 pages, glossary, fully indexed

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Written by Marcia K. Washburn who holds a masters in music education and has connected countless children and adults with the joys of music.

Great news! Marcia is offering two copies of her unique homeschool music curriculum to the winners of our giveaway!

Marcia wants (2) of Blessed Beyond a Doubt’s readers to have their own family copy of Beethoven Who? A random winner will be chosen on October 15th at 11:59a. Winners will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified.

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You will enjoying teaching music with this EASY To USE homeschool music curriculum.

Comments

  1. I was wondering how I was going to start teaching music. This may do the trick.

  2. We could make use of Teach Your Child to Play the Soprano Recorder.

  3. I would love to have an easy to use music curriculum that would incorporate all the things I want to pass along but don’t know how to.

  4. Carmen F. says:

    Besides the giveaway book, I liked the Teach your child to play the soprano recorder” and the “Activity Days for homeschoolers”.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  5. I’d love this music curriculum, I’ve been trying to think of how to teach my children music!

  6. I loved Music as a kid in school but am at a loss how to teach it in homeschool. Your curriculum would be just the thing.

  7. I think Beethoven Who would be a great addition to any homeschool. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  8. I don’t know how to play an instrument and its been a long time since I read music. So the BEETHOVEN WHO? FAMILY FUN WITH MUSIC would be of interest to me.

  9. Michelle W. says:

    Beethovan Who?!

  10. I certainly want to teach music and already have started with The Story of the Orchestra book. I’m always looking for more ideas, though!

  11. Beethoven who?

  12. We’ve started working with the recorder, so I’d pick Teach Your Family to Play the Soprano Recorder.

  13. Beethoven Who? sounds like a good place to start!

  14. Do you actually have to be homeschooling? My husband is trying to teach himself.Sounds just the thing.

    • Of course not, Ann! Go for it!

    • Nope–anyone would enjoy using the information and links (700+) in Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music. It is designed to be very flexible so that it can be used with children or as a music appreciation course for teens and adults. If your husband wishes to play an instrument, he might wish to supplement this course with my ebook Teach Your Family to Play the Soprano Recorder. This would get him started–it is a pre-beginner book for those who do not yet read music. Feel free to email me if you need more info.

  15. Beethoven Who sounds perfect for our family!

  16. Laurie Mc says:

    This sounds like so much fun. I have always wanted to do something like this with my kids. Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. I really need something like this to incorporate into our day!

  18. beethoven who?

  19. What an awesome opportunity. Me, the children and grand children can all learn together.

  20. It’s a toss up between HOMEMADE CONVENIENCE FOODS and TEACH YOUR CHILD TO PLAY THE SOPRANO RECORDER.

  21. I would love to have Beethoven Who? We have just recently started listening to classical music and would love to learn more!

    • And with Beethoven Who, you get folk, patriotic, and sacred music along with the classics, plus musical terms and reading, games, activities, and more. And, unlike expensive CDs, you can see the performers making the music–the links are mostly to videos. The notes in the book tell you at what point of the performance you can see/hear specific instruments.

  22. Activity Days would be a fun one.

  23. I home-school my children, 4 & 6. We currently do not study any music. Our curriculum does have the children listen to classical music but we do not do anything beyond that. I know nothing about music except how to hear it so I have never felt comfortable teaching it. We would benefit immensely from having a music curriculum.

  24. I’m a piano teacher and would love to connect some of my homeschooling students with this curriculum! “Beethoven Who” is a book I’d like to check out.

    • Hi Miranda! I am a piano teacher, too. I’m sure you’ve found that there is never enough time to fit in everything you want to do during a lesson. I like for my students to hear other music by a composer that they are playing, so I can assign them to listen to the links and read the related pages in their copies of Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music. BTW, I offer bulk discounts for teachers and support groups who purchase five or more copies at once.

  25. Beethoven Who? sounds like a good place to start for us. Sure would love to have it in our home. We enjoy listening to music but would love to open our boys up to the various different kinds and help them discern what is ‘good’ music. Thank you.

  26. Jessica A. says:

    Beethoven who? would be a great start! I have been wanting to incorporate Music in our homeschooling and have been needing ideas on how to do it. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  27. Melissa W. says:

    Thanks for this opportunity. The “Beethoven Who?” ebook looks great! “Homemade Convenience Food” and “Activity Days” looks good too.

  28. I would love to win this! I don’t have a music curriculum so using this would really be great!

  29. Judith Martinez says:

    teach your child the soprano recorder. We have several and I would love to teach them.

  30. I would like Beethoven! Would be a great beginning for the children in my kindergarten Group!

  31. What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to use the Beethoven Who? this with my two daughters.

  32. I homeschool my 4 kiddos, and would love an easy way to incorporate music into our curriculum! Like you stated, it manages to fall to the wayside wile trying to get to all our other subjects, though I don’t desire to ignore it! I am musical, played flute growing up, and sing and want to share my love of music with my kids!

  33. It’s clear to see the confidence my child gains from learning to sing new songs. I can’t wait to see what will happen when we start to learn a new instrument.

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