3 Reasons Why Your Child Needs To Learn History Of Music

by | Sep 28, 2017 | Homeschool Music, Homeschool Piano, Unschooling Piano

Are you an ice hockey fan like me?

 

A soccer fan?

 

A baseball fan?

 

A basketball fan?

 

If you are a fan of any sport, I’m sure you already know that all sports stars and coaches often analyse great games that were played in the past?

 

Did you know that chess masters often evaluate and analyse games played by the grand masters?

 

You know that entrepreneurs often read about, analyse and learn strategies implemented by other great business leaders from the past, don’t you?

 

I guess you know where I’m going with this……

 

YES.

 

If you are serious about teaching your child to play piano or any musical instrument in the homeschool, then it is essential that you incorporate the History of Music into your child’s homeschool music lessons.

 

Not sure what I’m talking about?

 

Well, here are 3 of the main benefits/reasons why your child needs to learn the History of Music.

 

Reason No 1

When children learn the history of music, they become exposed to a variety of different composers and different eras or periods in music. As a result they learn to appreciate music and develop a keen ear for it. Learning about the life and the works of great composers helps children to find role models and learn about the hardships experienced and the intense work ethic that finally led to them becoming world renowned. This in turn will help mould your child and help him/her attempt to model the work ethic of these great composers.

 

 

Reason No 2

Research has shown that at all levels (university included) when the study of music history is included alongside normal piano or guitar lessons, students become more engaged and are likely to stay on in the program in the long term. This is one of the many reasons why all renowned music exam administrative bodies like the ABRSM in the UK, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada and the Conservatory led Music Development Program in the United States all require students to learn music history from a young age.

 

Reason No 3

When children learn the History of Music, they are not limited to learning only about the instrument that they are playing. On the contrary, the study of music history teaches children about a variety of different instruments, composers, genres, periods of music, world history, architecture, culture and even religion, which then makes it a very holistic study and something all children will enjoy.

 

Wouldn’t you agree then that if you are serious about teaching your child music in the homeschool, then teaching the History of Music is very important too?

 

While there is a proliferation of online piano and other music courses online, most of them simply teach you Guitar Chords 101 or Play Popular Songs On The Ukelele. While there is nothing wrong learning to play an instrument in that manner, would you teach your child to count from 1 – 10 and just stop there?

 

I’m pretty sure you would not.

 

You will no doubt agree with me that it is important to teach kids Math Facts and give them a variety of different strategies when they learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and continue on.

 

This is why all my courses incorporate music history, and that is what makes my courses stand out from the rest of the online music. I even have a stand alone History of Music course, which you should definitely check it out.