I am so excited to have Kathryn Brunner, Founder & Chief Musik-Maker of Music at Home sharing with us today!
Your reason for homeschooling your children is as unique as your child’s favorite outfit, but most homeschooling families have one thing in common:
We’re trying our best to give our children what they need most in life.
Figuring out just what that is can seem overwhelming when you’re researching learning styles, lost in an endless sea of curriculum choices, or trying to figure out how to wrangle the toddler and do some math problems.
But the true beauty of homeschooling is that in every subject we can meet their deepest need: being a parent who is truly present with our children.
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Music education in the home is an invitation to be present with your child from the moment you first rock your child in your arms. It’s a natural, loving connection that causes you to sway back and forth with a newborn, spin a toddler around and around, read nursery rhymes to your preschooler, and dance to “Baby Shark” every day.
When you root a child’s understanding of music in their relationship with you – their parent and the most important person in their life – music will become a natural and positive part of the rest of their life.
It’s a simple, 3-step process to lay a foundation of musical education, grounded in sweet moments that will help you savor these precious homeschooling days with your child.
Step 1. Create a safe environment for musical expression
Singing, dancing, and making music with your child is not about perfect pitch or fabulous moves. It’s about connecting, laughing, and going with the flow. The goal is to take your child’s natural love of music and give her a place to express it!
A safe environment looks like:
- Going at your child’s pace
- Following your child’s lead in what kind of music to make – should we sing today, dance, or beat on pots with spoons?
- Modeling for your child that music is important to you and you make time for it
- Singing to the best of your ability without embarrassment
- Exploring different kinds of music together – from children’s nursery rhymes to country, pop, or gospel music. You might play quiet classical music during math, bust out your old favorites when you’re doing dishes, and turn on calming lullabies in your child’s room at bedtime
- Clapping and High-fiving when they know a lyric, make up a dance move, or tap out a rhythm
Step 2. Teach your child how to relate to music in the context of a loving family
One of my favorite memories of my first child’s baby years was holding her in my arms and softly singing lullabies. From day one, she was surrounded by her mom and dad’s loving melodies, and as she grew she continued to associate these soft, gentle lullabies with love and peace.
Of course, we also have crazy dance parties to get the wiggles out, we sing silly made-up songs and laugh until our bellies ache, and we’ve done all the hand motions to “Baby Shark” a hundred times.
But whether I’m rubbing her back while humming a soothing tune or dancing like a goofball to her belting out “Let It Go,” she associates music with me! And the association is one of smiles, hugs, and love.
Step 3. Give your child resources to help them become skillful musicians
Kids absolutely love musical play – you can see the wonder and joy in their eyes the moment a song starts! I’m sure you’ve seen it when you sing songs together with your kids and they can’t stop moving.
The thing is, kids don’t need to be told to love music – they just need the tools to turn their natural love and talent into something wonderful and it starts with early childhood music education.
Early childhood music education is a structured way to engage children with the power of music. It takes something they naturally love (Music) and helps them step into a lifetime of musical joy because it gives them foundational tools to understand it (Music) and intelligently interact with it.
Early childhood music education starts as easily as:
- Having a bin of simple instruments like a tambourine, maracas, and a drum (you can even make each of these instruments at home) and shaking or tapping out a rhythm together.
- Playing Freeze Dance – they dance and move until the music stops, and then they freeze!
- Stopping a favorite song and having your child sing the next line
If you’re not into leading musical activities yourself or if your child is wanting more, there are other great ways to give your child a solid music education. If you have the time to commit to local classes, they can be an excellent way to foster your child’s natural love of music.
But as a busy homeschooling mom, I know that not everyone can go to an in-person class. If you don’t have the time to travel to a studio with your little one, or if the cost of in-person classes is prohibitive, or if you simply want to bring music education into your home environment, I created Musik at Home online classes just for you. Not only will I walk you through each step of early childhood music, but you also won’t have to leave your house! You’ll discover how to nurture and grow your child’s musical talent at each developmental stage with simple movements and delightful songs.
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You’ll be able to easily fit these short music lessons into your homeschool day and you’ll quickly see the benefits of an early childhood music education that brings the family together and creates moments you’ll all remember.