“Why teach music?” you ask! During my years as a professional violinist and teacher, I have made many observations. I have seen brides in tears as I played their special music, guests at a formal gathering slip into another world as the classics were played, and the homeless at an event remembering gospel songs of their childhood. Many times I have noticed seniors in a nursing facility clap and sing words that have long eluded their conscious memory. Those words to the hymns learned many years ago are sung from the heart and give them hope.
When you combine music and faith, it creates a powerful effect on the mind and soul. Good words are infused into your children’s minds and, try as they might not to think about those positive lyrics, they stay!
Through the music, a solid foundation of the faith is taught. Music penetrates deeply into the mind and soul and is a powerful tool to establish the values that Jesus teaches. Studies can be done showing the importance of music throughout the Bible, especially in the Psalms. God created music to bless us and to be used in worshiping Him. A high calling is to learn to play an instrument skillfully and to serve God through that discipline.
Children struggle to learn the technique of a difficult instrument, but during those moments of total focus, they discover the value of conquering what they may have thought was impossible. Squeals of delight come after their success, and the joy of learning leads to the desire for more.
Provide your children with the gift of music through lessons, like my violin lessons, at SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and by filling your home with music.
Here are some suggestions for making music a part of your homeschool and your life:
Listen to music frequently. Have music playing while you do chores, read, play games, etc.
Get the wiggles out. Put on a rousing worship or praise song and let your kids dance away some of that pent up energy.
Break the monotony on long car rides. Have fun singing together as a family with a variety of songs from silly ones to ones that praise the Lord.
Learn to play an instrument. Help your child choose an instrument that he will enjoy mastering.
I encourage you to consider a wonderful adventure in music (and art) and hope that you and your children will find the study of the arts a rewarding endeavor.
Nancy Blue received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and her Master of Music in Performance from Southern Illinois University. She has had extensive teaching experience in both private and group settings. Some students have gone on to play professionally while others have been enriched by the experience of playing the violin. She is the owner of Strings & Things Entertainment and plays professionally in the Orlando area. She and her husband Randy, also an experienced musician, often perform together. Visit her websites at www.stringsofpraiselessons.com or www.stringsandthingsorlando.com.
Take a look below at this month’s resources for additional ideas. Be sure to let us know how you teach music and art in your homeschool. Email Paul and Gena Suarez and share your story. We’d love to hear about it!
Perfect Music for Studying, Writing, and Creativity
“Your music releases tremendous peace in our home.”
- Maria, Illinois
Stanton Lanier’s Scripture-inspired piano led to the founding of the non-profit ministry Music to Light the World in 2004. His eight albums of original, instrumental melodies usher in God’s peace and enhance home school learning and productivity.
Please visit www.stantonlanier.com to sample music and learn more about CDs, MP3 Albums, Sheet Music and this unique ministry. For every album purchased Music to Light the World will donate one album to a cancer center to offer hope and healing.
Enter “Old Schoolhouse” in your order comments and receive a free gift of the 31 Days of December Peace E-Book, inspired by Stanton’s award-winning Christmas album December Peace.
“I love your music. It has been instrumental in my faith and prayer life.”
- Courtney, Louisiana student
Young Rembrandts: Come Draw with Us!
Art delights the eye and expands the imagination, but can it do more? YES! Drawing with Young Rembrandts boosts academic achievement, builds confidence and reaches kids in a fun, exciting way . . . through art! Young Rembrandts dispels the myth that art is a talent a child does or doesn’t have. We view art not merely as a talent, but as a skill that can–and should–be learned by all. The Young Rembrandts curriculum introduces concrete ideas and techniques that enlarge and enrich their artistic skills, visual vocabularies, imaginations and minds.
Young Rembrandts teaches drawing classes to children ages 3-12 and every week, we bring art education to thousands of preschool and elementary students across the nation.
Wee Sing is recognized as one of the world’s most cherished children’s brands.
Over 35 years ago, two music educators published a children’s songbook and called it Wee Sing. More than 65 million books, audios, live-action videos, and apps later, Wee Sing has become a leader in preschool learning through music.
Teachers Pam Beall and Susan Nipp created that first songbook in 1977 because they were passionate about enriching the lives of kids through music and movement. They knew that music stimulates cognitive, physical, and social development of young children. And through songs, chants, movement, and rhythm, they gain the readiness skills of language, coordination, auditory discrimination, body awareness, rhythmic proficiency, and self-confidence. But in the big picture, kids are just having fun!
Wee Sing has won numerous awards, highlights including:
National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
Dove Foundation “Family-Approved” Seal
And has been featured in numerous publications including:
The Wall Street Journal
For more information, please visit our website at weesing.com.
Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange is a global online community where young musicians (ages 13-25) connect with each other, share their musical performances, and participate in groups and projects led by professional artists from Carnegie Hall.
Musical Exchange focuses on musical sharing, creativity, and international collaboration.
Young musicians from all over the world–all levels and all musical styles–are invited to join the community.