Start a Piano Club for Homeschoolers
By Cynthia VanLandingham
Many parents are taking advantage of homeschooling opportunities to give their young children a solid academic foundation. Learning piano has so many benefits for children that homeschool parents want to give their kids this important musical foundation as well. If this is you, however, you may not realize how easy this is to do right in your own home. You don't even need to hire a piano teacher, but you can if you want to.
Just as children need their parents to read to them and teach the alphabet, parents can also teach their young children the foundational "music Language" skills for piano or keyboard. If you can teach your child the alphabet, you can also give them an important foundation at home for learning to read music and understand keyboard theory. Even if your young children are already taking piano lessons, piano teachers don't have time in a 30 minute weekly lesson to give kids the complete foundation they need to read music easily. But parents can. There are so many resources available online for parents who homeschool their children, and piano lessons are no exception. And you don't have to do it alone. Enlist the help of your homeschool friends.
By starting a piano club you can invite your friends' children to share this wonderful opportunity. Even if they're already taking piano lessons they'll have a great time together, and learn even more. A small-group experience is a valuable way to learn because it models a family. I recommend two to five children. Each child can come to club meetings with their own portable keyboard. Here's what else you'll need.
1. A room large enough for each child to set up their keyboard.
2. Portable keyboard stands and benches.
3. A table with chairs for children to play theory games.
4. A computer with speakers.
5. A printer
For teaching materials there are many resources available that you can download with easy to follow parent's guides. They include stories, games, videos, music and piano lessons. These materials will be great for your piano club, because they're very affordable. Plus you can print them for each child in your group to use and take home with them. Basic keyboard theory is not hard to teach or understand. With the right tools and resources, anyone can start an awesome piano club in their own home. So don't wait to give your children the gift of music!
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