9 ‘Shockingly’ Simple Ways To Use Your Amazon Prime/Apple Music/Spotify To Add More Musical Joy To Your Home

by | Mar 17, 2020 | Homeschool Music, Music Appreciation, Musical Activities For Kids, Unschooling Music

Do you have a subscription to either Amazon Prime, Apple Music or Spotify? Then you are simply going to love reading through this post and gathering ideas on how simple it is to add very specific music study units to your homeschool. 

So let’s get started. 


An Instrument

Select a specific instrument. For this example, let’s say your children chose the Harp. 

Then simply create a playlist of harp music, or create a list of famous harpists and source their music and play it. 

You can expand this idea further by adding music analysis into the mix. 

Want to know how to guide your kids through music analysis and appreciation? Then you should definitely read, 6 ‘Unbelievably’ Simple Ways To Teach Your Kids Music Analysis. 


A Composer

Another variation of the above idea is to pick a specific composer you like. 

In this case, let’s says your kids picked David Foster, ask them to research all his songs, create a list and play it. It is as simple as that. 

Similar to the previous idea, you can expand this activity further, by including a music analysis component to it. 



I think you are starting to get the drift of these ideas now, aren’t you

In this case, you can have your kids pick a specific genre of music, such as blues or jazz or rock and roll and create a playlist. 

And again you can expand the activity with a music analysis component. 



Here, you ask your kids to pick a specific period in music, such as the Baroque or Romantic or 20th century and create a playlist accordingly. 

Similar to all the previous ideas, you can expand this idea further, with a music analysis component as well. 


Movie Theme Songs

Now, here’s an idea that is even more intriguing than the previous ones. 

All you have to do is search all the theme songs from your kids’ favourite movies and create a playlist. 

You can take the learning a step further by having your kids analyze each individual song for general aspects such as genre, composer, instruments used and so on. 

Want ideas on age appropriate Musicals for your kids? Then check out 12 ‘Must See’ Movie Musical Categorized By Age.


Background Music

Create a playlist of classical music that you can play in the background throughout the day when your children are homeschooling. 

If you don’t homeschool your kids, you can use this playlist for times when focus is required. So a time when they are doing their school homework and assignments would be good idea. 

I would warn you not to try to have them analyze the music with this specific activity, because in this case, the playlist is only for background listening and not something they should be actively trying to listen to and analyse. 


Movement, PE Session

Create a specific playlist simply for the purposes of indoor movement or for a PE session. 

This will enable you and your children, not only to listen to music but also to put in some physical activity at the same time. 


Theme Month

Create a playlist to be used for a month or at least a minimum of two weeks based on a specific subject they are learning. 

For instance, if your kids are learning about the Solar System, then create a playlist of music that was inspired by the Solar System, such as the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven (for the moon) Seasons by Vivaldi (for the Earth) and so on. 

You can add music analysis if you wish. 

Read my post on how you can do just this – 12 Innovative Music Themes To Use In The Homeschool

Want to see my Online Music Appreciation Course, that focuses totally on the music that was inspired by our Solar System and the musicians who composed those pieces? 

Then click here to get a preview of the Solar System Symphony, Online Music Appreciation Course. 


Tidying Up, Table Setting Routine

Do you have different routines that your kids are a part of? Such as tidying up their school things? Setting the Table? Folding Laundry etc? 

Then create a playlist of music for those chores and you will see that the time passes by a lot faster and if you pick pieces that your children really love, they will not complain as much when they have to carry out the chores. 

I would love to know, which idea you are going to implement first? So please comment below. 

Karen Cadera

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