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There is a common misconception that music analysis is only for advanced music learners and that beginners cannot accurately analyse music. 

I’m here to tell you that, that is totally wrong. 

Irrespective of the age of your kids and irrespective of them being introduced to music or not, they all still have the ability to analyse music and in this post, I’m going to show how you can do just that with your middle school aged homeschoolers. 

Yes, and even if you’ve never touched a musical instrument in your life nor learned any music, you as a homeschool mom can help them to analyze music with the steps I lay out here for you. 

Ready to get stared? 

Ok, just remember to download the worksheets I have made available with this post. 


Composers And Styles

As a first step you can have your tweens listen to music of different composers. 

Pick two or three different composers, create playlists for each composers and listen to each playlist in the background in the homeschool. 

This will help your tweens to internalize the music of each composer and help them understand and distinguish the differences in genres, styles and much more. 

They may not be able to fully articulate it, but that is ok, at this stage they will be still aware of the differences. 


Instrument Identification

While listening to the playlists suggested above, they can also try to distinguish the different instruments used and how those instruments contribute to the melodies. 

Your kids can also take this opportunity to draw conclusions on what they think works and doesn’t work. 


Dynamics And Mood

Another area that they can easily analyse at this stage is the dynamics in the melodies and how it contributes to the mood of each tune. 

If they have not been introduced to terms such as volume, pace and pitch, this would be a good time to do so. 


Compare And Contrast

Now it is time to analyse each piece of music in depth in terms of all the different elements that have been suggested above. 

Just select two songs from the playlist, either by the same composer or different composers and ask your tweens to compare and contrast the two. 



While this may sound similar to what has already been covered, it is essential to remember that reflections can go further in terms of your tween drawing conclusions on what she liked or didn’t like, why and how the melodies made her feel personally. 


Now that you’ve read through the post, what do you think? 

Can your tween analyse music? 

I’m sure she can, so go try it out and use the worksheets I have made available. 

Karen Cadera

Karen Cadera


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

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