Monday, May 19, 2014

The Subject of Music

When we decide that we want to homeschool, we all know that we will need to teach: language, art, math, science, and social studies. However, music is often forgotten.                                                
I suppose that for many of us, we don't look at music as being a subject, or at least one of the basics. Still, there is a lot of value that learning about music and playing an instrument provides to a child.
Growing up myself, I remember how much I enjoyed playing the guitar and recorder. It gave me a unique sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. This is why I knew that when my children were old enough I would include music, as part of our homeschool. If you have never considered including music before or maybe you have, but not sure where to begin, the first step is discussing with your child what instrument they may be interested in playing. Then once you and your child have decided on an instrument the next step is to seek out someone who can provide lessons. If private lessons are not an option for your family,  there are  still so many other options that are available. There are how-to books, videos, computer programs, fun music games, or you can just allow your child to play freely ;)