You don’t have to be a skilled musician yourself to teach music in your homeschool classroom. Discover the benefits of music in your homeschool classroom by incorporating fun and educational music activities into your daily routine.
Music enhances skills that lead to success both inside and outside the classroom, including social, math, and language skills. Try the online resources below in your classroom that make music learning easy and fun for both student and teacher.
The Internet offers great music resources for the homeschool classroom like the KinderBach Video Series and fun music quizzes from Easy Ear Training. Easy online KinderBach YouTube videos provide young students with simple music lessons on ear training, music theory, and piano. For more interactive fun, try out 7th Chords with Chordelia and learn intervals with the popular app RelativePitch.
Music learning videos
In the video below homeschooled students can learn musical patterns through simple ear training exercises like KinderBach. This type of musical activity touches both on aural theory skills and mathematical pattern recognition as children learn to associate simple musical melodies with visual patterns. The visual patterns are child-friendly and relate easily to actual music notation. Homeschool educators can extend the lesson to include basic counting techniques or include advanced discussions on acoustics and pitch for older students.
Check out online videos, lesson plans, and other great ear training and music theory homeschool materials at Karri Gregor’s KinderBach website: http://www.kinderbach.com/
Music learning games
Educational computer games combine fun and music learning. Play Theta Music’s ear training games with your music or computer skill lesson plans or use them as educational enrichment in the homeschool classroom.
Creating a free account gives you access to the beginner levels of all Theta Music Trainer Games. Fun music games like Parrot Phrases and the Dango Brothers work on critical thinking, vocabulary, mathematical relationships, patterns, ear training, and technology skills. The site offers several free games that explore harmony, melodies, intervals, chords, and instrumentation.
Find out more about mastering music fundamentals at the Theta Music Trainer Website.
Even homeschool educators without ear training experience can use a simplified version of the Brainin Method to learn basic ear training, sight singing, and pitch recognition. Developed over three decades by European educator and scholar Valery Brainin, the Brainin Method uses colors and simple pattern association to teach ear training and pitch.
The Brainin Method uses the color chart shown in the video to associate certain colors and emotional feelings with relative pitch. “Do” or the tonic (ex. “C” in the C Major Scale) is shown in the calming color of green (center rectangle). The pleasant sounding pitches of a fourth and a fifth also have cool colors. Sharp-sounding intervals like the minor second or a tritone have jarring warm colors like red or yellow.
Did you know: Composers like Rimsky-Korsakov and Scriabin used similar color association in their compositions.
Read more about the Brainin Method and the use of color in ear training exercises and development. The site includes helpful pdfs that describe the science behind the Brainin Method and a simple Rhythmic Patterns worksheet, as well as additional links to other Brainin Method sites. http://www.brainin.org/
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