Something I often hear from homeschooling parents is how much they wish they could teach their child music at home, but are unable to simply because they either didn’t learn music as children or simply don’t feel competent enough to teach even if they have some musical background.
So I thought this week I should write a simple blog article to guide parents (yes even those who’ve never learned any music), how to teach rhythm and beat in the Homeschool.
Here are 4 super easy ways you can teach rhythm and beat in the homeschool.
Method 1 – Clapping In Tune
Yes, its as easy as clapping. Almost all of us can clap and this is a super easy way to teach your child beat. If you feel that you are unable to clap in time or your child is finding it difficult to clap in time, then you definitely must read my article on 5 Reasons Why Learning To Clap is important. Toward the end of the article I give you some simple tips on how you can develop your child’s clapping skills.
Method 2 – Tapping Feet or Jumping or Skipping
Similar to clapping you can teach your child to tap his feet to the beat or jump or even skip to the beat. Doing this for simple songs and nursery rhymes will teach your child that all songs have a steady beat.
Method 3 – Use a Metronome
Unlike in the past when you had to purchase a metronome, today you can find apps, which provide the function of a metronome. Use a metronome to provide a steady beat for the song and sing or clap the tune (not the beat). Once you do this with a few easy songs, your child will understand the difference between the beat (the metronome) and the rhythm (the tune).
Method 4 – Find different beats and rhythms in the environment
Some say that were meant to be musical because our hearts have a steady beat. Now, who can argue with that? Like our heart beat there are many different beats and rhythms in our everyday environments. Clocks, windshield wipers, motors, crickets, washing machines etc. Help your child identify or recognise as many beats and rhythms from the natural environment. Once your child starts identifying beats and rhythms on his own, ask him to play a beat back – he or she can clap it out, tap his feet or even use chop sticks and tap it on a table or a chair.
Do you see how easy it is to incorporate music into your daily homeschooling or unschooling activities? Most importantly I hope you see that you don’t always need a degree or even an advanced certificate in music to teach basic yet very important concepts like rhythm and beat in the homeschool.
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Creator of the Teach Your Child Piano Series
Karen’s programs are grounded in her signature method the Transformational Five Framework, which ensures that all learners gain a solid foundation to help them master the art of playing piano.
It is Karen’s dearest wish that all children, irrespective of their background are able to experience the joy of music in their homeschool. And to this end, it is her vision to reach out to a million or more moms’/parents’ who have always dreamed of teaching their kids music, but couldn’t do so because they were not taught music as kids.