The Education Blog

Insight News 9th June, 2020

Learning from home – Music!

Our top tips and resources for learning music from home with Primary children

Has your child got an ear for music?

Music is a fantastic tool of self-expression for children, as well as being incredibly fun! The rewards from living a musical life are numerous – did you know that singing has been scientifically proven to make you happier? The act of singing releases powerful, feel-good endorphins! And if singing’s not for you…

Here are some musical activities you can try at home…

DIY INSTRUMENTS

Want to try something new? Create your own percussion instruments with household objects!

Try creating shakers, using pasta and rice in empty bottles, or fill them with different levels of water.

Add these, and upturned pots and pans, to your domestic orchestra!

CREATE A MUSICAL LANGUAGE

To do so, you’ll need: sheets of paper, and coloured pens.

Create symbols to stand for different sounds: for example, a star could mean ‘stomp your foot’, and a triangle ‘clap your hands’. Have your children create their own short pieces of music using these symbols, and then follow the music together, in a cacophony of sound!

MUSICAL HIDE AND SEEK

This is a fun game to help develop children’s listening skills.

You’ll need: a toy or device that plays music.

This is hide and seek, but not as they know it! After hiding the object, have your child follow the sound to find its hiding place! Keep hiding the toy, and make it a little trickier each time.

WORK WITH A MUSIC TUTOR

Our tutors have experience teaching almost every instrument under the sun – this could be the perfect time to encourage your children to start a new instrument, or learn more about music production, or musicals! Our tutors have been working online with a number of students in these subjects over the past few months, so why not try something new today?

“How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our fears, our highest aspirations?”

Jane Swan

LINK TO LIFE

Swap film night for Karaoke! Nothing but fun, all you need is a screen that plays YouTube songs, and willing participants. Why not dress up – throw on a glamorous feather boa and look like a musical diva, a country music cowboy hat, or a rock’n’roll pair of sunglasses to look the part too!

GREAT ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

There are a huge number of resources out there to make home-learning more efficient and entertaining.

Here are some suggestions you might like to take a look at today:

National Youth Choir of Scotland

NYCoS are providing daily music games for children via their YouTube channel, based on Kodaly (Sol-Fa) teaching methods.

Learn more

Ultimate Guitar

Teach yourself to play your favourite pop songs on guitar, ukulele, and bass!

Learn more

Ten Pieces

This BBC initiative encourages kids to get excited about classical music!

Learn more

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Get in touch

We’d love to discuss how we can help your family’s learning journey. Call us or email to arrange a meeting in our Knightsbridge headquarters.