The focus of your teaching at home is to help your children develop a love and appreciation for this music.
Ways to do this are many, but a few suggestions include:
- listen to music while doing chores, in the car, or while drawing/painting,
- Make a game out of paying attention to and recognizing the instruments played during a song,
- attend a symphony together (for younger students, look for a children's program which has adjusted length and will typically showcase different instruments in a way for clear understanding),
- ask a friend who plays an instrument for a short lesson and demonstration,
- find books, cds, and videos at your local library about different instruments, composers, and musical time periods,
- use music as an aid for quiet reflective time while everyone draws, journals, or prays,
- seek out ways to let your children get their hands on instruments--a museum, a touch-and-feel symphony, friends or family
- talk about how music can facilitate worship, and enjoy worshipping in song together as a family
- consider private music lessons for your child. Most music teachers will encourage even the youngest of students to begin, but you're never too old to start! If cost is a barrier, start with the parent learning from a book or video and then teaching the children as they progress. (Remember, we don't have to be experts, just lead learners!)
We know that God is a musical God, and in Heaven there will be much music! We know that God made us musical beings--we are soothed, invigorated, alleviated, and ignited through music, yet it is something that is being taught less and less. We gain the full benefit of music when we study it. In addition, science has shown that there is no better activity to aid in our learning of every other subject than learning a musical instrument. Ages ago, the study of music was not seen as elective but as core. Let's reclaim this lost perspective!
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