3 Absolute Lies We Tell Ourselves About Teaching Kids Music

by | Jul 6, 2017 | Homeschool Piano, Unschooling Piano

As a homeschooler you know that home is the most IMPORTANT school for the child.

 

Therefore, you will no doubt agree with me that incorporating music in everyday life at home is very important.

 

Not only will this help a child understand that music is actually woven into the fabric of our lives but research also indicates that children who learn music at home and have it as a daily part of their lives are more likely to pursue long term musical study than those that have simply been sent outside the home for music lessons.

 

While there is nothing wrong with outsourcing your child’s musical education, unfortunately, many parents are unable to afford the costs of private music lessons or manage the commute required, especially if they have many younger kids with them.

 

Thus leaving far too many children with no real opportunity to satiate their thirst for a musical education.

 

So here’s my question.

 

Why not bring music to the child within the homeschool environment?

 

Every time I ask this question I have been met with a variety of different answers.

 

“I’m not musically educated, so how can I teach music?”

 

“I learned music but struggled with it all my life, I don’t think I’m the best person to teach my child.”

 

“I think that a musical education should be outsourced to those that are professionally qualified and able to teach my child.”

 

Yes, they all seem like sound arguments, but I’m here to tell you that it is not true.

 

Lets dissect each lie we tell ourselves one by one shall we?

 

LIE NUMBER ONE

 

Lets take the first argument, “I’m not musically educated, so how can I teach music?”

 

True, how can you teach something if you have no clue where to start? Do you actually have no clue where to start? Today in the information age, you can find so many tools online to help you get started and many of them are available for free.

 

Yes, it is correct that they may not all be good, but I’m sure you can find one that will suit you and your child’s needs.

 

If you have absolutely no idea where to start then click here to get a list of free material you can use to start your child off on a musical adventure.

 

LIE NUMBER TWO

 

Here’s the second lie – “I learned music but struggled with it all my life, I don’t think I’m the best person to teach my child.”

 

Take a moment to look back at your own schooling career, could you think of all the areas you might have struggled in, other than at music?

 

Was it in Math, English, Geography, History, Science, what area stands out to you as the worst?

 

How are you handling that area when teaching your child in the homeschool?

 

I would venture a guess that have not outsourced that particular area of study nor eliminated it from your child’s curriculum.

 

I would also venture a guess, that you have gathered up the necessary resources and take extra care to prepare and ensure that the child will not struggle in that area, like you did so many years ago.

 

So, if you can do that with one subject or many subjects, what makes music different?

 

Is it that you haven’t been able to find the resources or is it that you have just let the belief limit you and thereby denied your child the musical education that you think would be so good for him.

 

Either way I am here to tell you that are a multitude of musical learning resources, which you can access for free and start incorporating into your homeschool curriculum starting today.

 

If you have looked and feel overwhelmed by the choices you see in the market, then click here to get a checklist for how to choose the best curriculum to suit you and your child’s needs.

 

LIE NUMBER THREE

 

Now lets look at the final lie that most people have been led to believe.

 

“I think that a musical education should be outsourced to those that are professionally qualified and able to teach my child.”

 

My counter question to this is, “Do you have a teaching diploma along with a degree in science, maths, history, geography and all other subjects?”

 

The answer to this is most likely a big fat NO.

 

Yet you homeschool your children?

 

My jaw just dropped to the floor.

 

How can you do that? How can you deny you child the right to an education where his or her mind will be trained by a professional with a degree in the necessary subjects?

 

You get my point don’t you?

 

If you don’t need a degree in math, or a degree in science or in any other subject, yet you are able to effectively teach your child all these subjects with the tools you have at hand, then what makes you think you cannot do the same with music?

 

Why do you have to be a music teacher to teach your child music?

 

What if you were able to find the necessary material and guidance to start from the bottom and teach your child for years to come, moving along, customising the material where necessary, supplementing it with games and activities, would that be of value to you?

 

If the answer to that question was YES, then head over to the free course I’m offering and have your child playing piano today.