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‘The Arts’ is often the first thing to go when traditional schools find that they need to cut costs, or when they suddenly lose funding. Unfortunately, this also happens in homeschool families and, many times, it is due to similar reasons. You need to make ends meet with one income, and you just can’t seem to stretch our dollars far enough to teach your kids music.
Or perhaps, as homeschool parents, we don’t play an instrument, sing, or draw ourselves. We may feel unable to teach a subject we do not have a firm grasp on. Thankfully, we have many online resources available to us now that didn’t exist five, ten, or twenty years ago.
No longer must you go visit your piano teacher in her home (though you can) or take art lessons in the local art studio (but that is an option). These days it is easy to find lessons, demonstrations, curriculum, and more, online for almost any topic you could think up. Though many of these programs and lessons do cost money, there are also free options out there. Learning how to use YouTube to teach your kids music is just one way to continue offering ‘the arts’ in your homeschool without busting your budget!
Teach Your Kids Music Using YouTube
The subject of music actually encompasses a few skills or categories. Not only can you learn to play an instrument, you can also learn how to read music, take voice lessons, and even study the history of music or study music theory. Here will cover just three of the topics that fall under the ‘umbrella’ of music.
Learn to play an instrument.
There are a large number of instruments to choose from when considering which one your child should play. You will also need to consider whether the instrument is suited to him or her, if it suits your budget, which instrument your child has requested to play, its portability, and more. Once you have settled on and secured an instrument, then it’s time to begin learning!
Here are a few ways you can utilize YouTube to help your child learn how to play his or her instrument. Some of these suggestions are for specific instruments, while others are general suggestions to be used with any instrument.
Learn how to play the piano for beginners.
Let your child take his very first drum lesson.
Is your child interested in playing an acoustic guitar? Here is a first lesson for beginners!
How to Play the Piano/Keyboard for Very Beginners is perfect for those who have never played the piano before.
If your child is into jazz music he may want to learn to play the saxophone. Here is a great video on how to get started!
If your child wants to quickly learn how to play complete songs on the piano, have him learn these four chords to play hundreds of songs.
Begin learning how to play the flute with this basic lesson.
Learn to sing.
Most of us sing on occasion, even if singing is not a favorite pastime of ours. We sing in church, we sing with our children when they’re tiny (and they sing with us), and we often sing along with the radio. But maybe your child wants to learn how to sing professionally. She may need to learn better how to control her voice when singing so she can join the homeschool choir or try out for a musical. Or maybe he dreams of being the lead singer for his own band someday.
No matter the case, there are a number of ways to help your child improve his singing voice by utilizing YouTube.
Get off to a good start with these voice lessons for beginners.
To learn about breathing while singing (and to find her other lessons) try this singing lesson with a vocal coach.
Check out this lesson on Opening Up the Voice with professional vocal coach, Eric Arceneaux
Try these daily warm ups before practicing each day.
Learn to read music.
Learn how to read guitar sheet music.
Here is a basic introduction to reading music.
If you’re looking for more specific kinds of lessons, Key Signatures Made Easy may be for you.
Here is a fun and educational introduction to reading music.
The lessons listed here are not all-encompassing. However, they will give your child some helpful information to get started. If he explores a bit he will probably discover even more lessons online by these same coaches and teachers, or by others whom he may even enjoy more.
Do you have any recommendations for ways to use YouTube to teach your kids music? Tell us about them in the comments!
It’s Back to (Home) School time!!
It’s that time of year, when many homeschoolers are busy preparing for a new school year. Some of you may have already started your new year, and some of you may have never stopped!
I’ve gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful on your wallet. How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, and educational supplies? Two people will win a $250 gift card to Christianbook.com!!
We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for your children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful. Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
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