Music instruction is an important part of a well-rounded education. While not all children are gifted musically, early and repeated exposure to music has an effect on their intellectual development, regardless of apparent giftedness. There is evidence that music education can enhance fine motor skills and improve reading ability. Even if you are not musical yourself, there are ways to incorporate music education into your homeschool curriculum.
Tips for the Starting Out Stage
Music instruction from infancy through preschool is all about exposure and creating a love for music. Find ways to incorporate music naturally into your day rather than focusing on specific skills or lessons.
- Let your child see the joy and interest you have in music.
- Play classical music at nap-time or other times during the day.
- Check out classical CDs for kids, such as the Baby Einstein series.
- Enroll your child in Kindermusik or another music exposure class.
- Sing songs to and with your child.
- Purchase a pair of rhythm sticks and show your child how to find the beat as you listen to a variety of songs.
- If you play an instrument, play it for your child. Let your child observe you practicing and playing for enjoyment.
- Invest in inexpensive musical instruments, such as a triangle or tamborine, for your child to play while singing or listening to music.
- Use music to help your child learn basic information such as the days and months, counting, or alphabet.
- Make your own musical instruments such as plastic egg maracas, oatmeal container drums, and tissue box guitars.