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Why Include Music In Home Schooling

Nearly everyone enjoys music, whether by listening to it, singing, or playing an instrument. But despite this almost universal interest, music is no longer a key curriculum subject and is now down the parents. This is a mistake, losing not only an enjoyable subject, but a subject that can enrich students’ lives and education. However, if your learner is musical you won't necessarily have the time constraints like a school so you can add music regularly in to the week. Many of our parents add it to their whole year with special concerts here and abroad, modern and classical.

Musical training helps develop language and reasoning: 

Students who have early musical training will develop the areas of the brain related to language and reasoning. The left side of the brain is better developed with music, and songs can help imprint information on young minds. A sense of achievement: Learning to play pieces of music on a new instrument can be a challenging, but achievable goal. Students who master even the smallest goal in music will be able to feel proud of their achievement. Students learn pattern recognition: Children can develop their math and pattern-recognition skills with the help of musical education. Playing music offers repetition in a fun format. Music can be relaxing: Students can fight stress by learning to play music. Soothing music is especially helpful in helping learners relax. Musical instruments can teach discipline: Kids who learn to play an instrument can learn a valuable lesson in discipline. They will have to set time aside to practice and rise to the challenge of learning with discipline to master playing their instrument, just as they do have to do to master Mathematics and English.

Development in creative thinking: Kids who study the arts can learn to think creatively. This kind of education can help them solve problems by thinking outside the box and realizing that there may be more than one right answer. It helps teach teamwork: Many musical education programs require teamwork as part of a band or orchestra. In these groups, students will learn how to work together and build camaraderie. Responsible risk-taking: Performing a musical piece can bring fear and anxiety. Doing so teaches how to take risks and deal with fear, which will help them become successful and reach their potential.

Recording The Learning

Emotional development: Students of music can be more emotionally developed, with empathy towards other cultures

 

They also tend to have higher self-esteem and are better at coping with anxiety, important for those who suffer in this are and this is a plus our learners on the Autistic Spectrum.

For our dyslexic learners, Increased coordination: Students who practice with musical instruments can improve their hand-eye coordination.

 

Just like playing sports, children can develop motor skills when playing music, important for dyslexic learners.

 

Along with a mastery of memorisation. Even when performing with sheet music, musicians are constantly using their memory to perform.

 

The skill of memorization can serve dyslexic learners well in education and beyond. 

Recording lessons and events attended a long with a simple list of pieces learnt will be enough to start with.

 

Once they are publicly preforming then recordings of these are sufficient.

 

If they take exams in music then the certificates will speak volumes. 

Following a Set Programme of Learning

Some learners can start off teaching themselves, but a music teacher might be needed if they wish to continue.

 

Rent rather than buy an instatement until you have found the right one. 

Joining a band is an excellent way of extending the enjoyment further.

Music does not necessarily mean playing music with an instrument. Singing is included in this topic so joining a choir is also a lovely thing to do.

Including History In The Learning Routine

Here, at Orchard Training we try to embed music  into our projects, where it sits naturally and can be enjoyed. We do this more through music appreciation, looking culturally at music where it suites the topic. Copies of the music will be found in the UK Library service and are often on loaned for free or hired for a very small fee. Each of our projects where music is included will list the resources you will need and suggestions of where to find them. They are written with the home-schooler’s budget in mind. 

You don’t need any fancy, expensive equipment to teach music, it can be just listening to music or learning to sing. The Hire of an instrument and a teacher will be the most expensive cost. The biggest expense will be visiting a concert. The main cost is the travel and ticket price.

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