Don’t be intimidated with the thought of teaching elementary music. Use your favorite tips from this list and have fun!
Top 10 Elementary Music Tips
1. Listen to music in the car
Let’s be honest. Listening to music in the car isn’t just a classic past-time; it’s also an excellent way to expose children to various music styles while they’re trapped in the back.
Kids can’t run away when we turn on classics. They can’t disappear into their bedrooms. They can’t dart out the door. Kids are stuck listening to what we choose to play on the car stereo.
So take advantage of trapped children and expose kids to your favorite genres while driving around in the car.
2. Sing songs together
Introduce your children to various camp songs, nursery songs, hymns, and movie favorites by singing them together around the house.
Sing when you change a child’s diapers. Sing lullabyes when you tuck your kids into bed. Sing as you cook, clean, or fold. Don’t let an opportunity to sing pass you by. Soon your children will know all the songs you do.
You’ll even have the pleasure of listening to your kids belt out your favorite songs at the top of their lungs.
3. Dance to music in the living room
Turn on music in the mornings and dance around the living room together. If you know a formal dance you can teach it to your children. If not, simply leap and twirl around the living room like a pro.
You get your exercise. The kids get exercise and work out some of their hyper energy before sitting down to schoolwork. Everyone has a great time.
The kids even become familiar with various genres of music.
4. Pick a composer a quarter
There’s no reason to attempt to study a new composer every week. Taking the slower approach of one a quarter works just as well.
Read biographies of the composer and listen to their music while you’re working on art projects. Color pictures of the composer and fill out notebook pages of his life.
Soon you and your children will know this composer and recognize his music like an old, trusted friend.
5. Pick a genre a quarter
If staying with one composer for an entire quarter sounds boring, try studying a genre a quarter instead. Pick Jazz, Romantic, Modern, or Baroque and dive into the time periods.
Study the composers of the genre. Compare them and their music. Chat about what makes this genre distinct. Discuss how the genre differs from others you’ve studied.
This is especially awesome if you’re studying the historical time period in history as well You can truly see how the historical events affect the musical development of the time.
6. Pick a country
Instead of focusing on a genre of music, pick a country instead. Learn the folk songs. Spend time researching the history of the songs. Study the geography and people of the country.
You can also trace the development of the songs over the centuries. Simply compare the older songs to the newer songs as note the differences.
Have fun creating lapbooks to record your discoveries and memorize your favorite songs.
7. Take children to concerts
Take your kids to concerts every chance you get. Listening to music on the radio is fun. Hearing the musicians play in real life is a true treat.
Don’t stick only to classical concerts. Take your children to hear your favorite bands. Head to local recitals and concerts being given in the various churches and schools.
Grab any opportunity you have to take your kids to hear music played live.
8. Start a band
Even better than hearing music live is the chance to play music yourself. Get yourself a small group of children, hand out instruments, and let the children play.
Teach them to read basic music. Find people and places to perform. Keep it fun and simple. Even if none of the kids takes off with a hidden musical talent and becomes the next Mozart, the kids and parents will have a great time.
Your kids will love music.
9. Music Lessons
Give your child to gift of music lessons. If possible, let your child pick the instrument they’re most interested in, find a teacher, and begin playing.
Do give the lessons two years before you give up. It takes a while to become proficient on an instrument. Also find opportunities to play as a group.
Recitals, bands, orchestras, and symphonies are a blast to play in.
10. Use a Program Like SQUILT
SQUILT is an easy way to add elementary music to your day. You pick era you want to study, such as Baroque, Classical, Romantic, or Modern. All the rest of the work has been done for you.
Simply follow the links to the music on-line. Play the music. Discuss the music. Pass out the notebooking pages.
Make life simple with SQUILT.
Use these 10 elementary music tips to introduce music and the various genres to your kids. Don’t get caught up in trying to do it right. If nothing else, turn on the radio and enjoy listening to music together.
What is your favorite way to study elementary music?