5 ‘Shockingly Simple’ Ways To Introduce Different Genres Of Music To Teens

by | High School Music Activities, Homeschool Music, Music Appreciation

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Enticing your teenagers into learning music in the homeschool should not be intimidating nor complicated. 

In my opinion it is actually very easy to get teenagers into music, because it is such a big part of popular culture and therefore, something that they consume a lot. 

What makes it difficult is because we have these pre-existing beliefs that the best type of music to introduce them to is classical music etc, which is absolutely untrue. 

In this post, I have explained how you can use the study of genres of music to entice your teens to get into music appreciation. 

As always I have created age appropriate worksheets available with this post, so don’t forget to download them once you are done reading this post. 

Ready to get started?

Let’s go. 



As a first step ask your teenagers to research and list down all the different genres of music. 

This doesn’t have to be an exhaustive list, but should consist of at least a dozen different genres. 



Next, ask them to pick at least three genres that on the face seem different from one another and create three playlists with at least a dozen songs from each genre. 

Once they are done with this activity they should listen to the music and become familiar with the different pieces. 

The next step in this stage is to research each genre, in terms of the most popular musicians in each of the genres, the history and evolution of the genre, what inspired the musicians and so on. 



In this stage your kids should be familiar with more than one genre of music and should have researched them in depth. 

Here they should now compare and contrast the three genres with each other in terms of the styles, the instruments used, the dynamics, rhythms, harmonization etc. 



This activity is an extension of the previous two activities, where your teens should reflect on each of the three genres studied and what he or she likes and dislikes about each genre and why. 



Lastly, experiencing the genres in person, such as attending live concerts or performances if possible, would be immensely valuable to your kids. 


So what do you think? Will your teenagers be interested and fully engaged in these activities? 

Karen Cadera

Karen Cadera


Mom, Teacher, Minimalist, Zero Waste Enthusiast, Multi Pod.

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