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Four Easy Ways to Add Music to Your Homeschool.

Leah Courtney
I'm not a music person, ya'll. I can listen to music, but that's about it. I took music appreciation in college and remember very little except that my now husband, then boyfriend took it with me. (Is that bad for a homeschool mom to admit?!)

I want my kids to know more. I want them to love and appreciate music. I want them to know some basic things about composers and instruments, and maybe even some music theory. And so I've looked for easy ways to add music to our homeschool. I've discovered some simple ways to do this over the years, and I'm sharing four of them here.

Ways to add music to your homeschool
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Play great music as a background for working.


Some kids find it difficult to concentrate with background noise, but soft music- especially instrumental music, can sometimes help kids to focus better. Try it out. Play classical music while the kids are doing independent work. It's easy to find free classical music online. This playlist  has a good selection of music from classical composers. And The Piano Guys play some of my all-time favorite instrumental music.

Use free resources online.


As well as finding free music for listening, you can find lots of other great musical resources online. Classics for Kids is a site we've used frequently. It has short listening segments that focus on different composers or types of music. There are also resources to help kids learn about the orchestra, music composition, and more. 8Notes.com is another great site with free music and music theory lessons. 

Study the lives of composers.


Reading the biographies of composers is another great way to introduce some music appreciation to your kids. As you read, you'll be able to discuss various music periods as well as listen to some of the music written by the composer. Practical Pages has some excellent free notebooking pages to use when you're studying composers.

Take instrument lessons.


One of the best ways to give your children some exposure to music is to let them take lessons for an instrument. I gave all of my kids a brief introduction to the piano- because it was the instrument I knew. And my son took guitar lessons from his uncle for some time. None of my children have turned into great musicians- yet. But I do have one who has continued pursuing piano on her own, and they all have an appreciation for music and for the time and commitment it takes to learn to play an instrument.

Ways to add music to your homeschool


Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. She’s graduated two teens- one who’s a legal adult now! And she’s still homeschooling two middle schoolers. She loves all things book related, and in her- very rare- free time you can find her listening to audiobooks and coloring.

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