Taking Part in Your Child’s Music Education: Lessons You Can “Teach”

Many parents of music students have wondered what kind of a role they should play in their children’s education. Is it just paying for lessons, does it entail encouragement of practice, or is there an even more active way for parents to help their children learn music?

Learn and Teach

With the right tools, parents can learn music theory themselves and teach it to their children with simple visual aids. This is also a great review method to help young students internalize and retain the skills they will need to become accomplished musicians. Ricci Adams, a software engineer and music theory aficionado, has developed a comprehensive website that includes interactive lessons, exercises, and tools. The lessons start with the essential basics: learning what the staff looks like (5 lines) and gradually adding clefs and ledger lines. Animated visual aids and textual explanations accompany each step, so it’s hard to go wrong with these lessons.
How to Help Children Practice Music Theory
Adams’ exercises are a little more advanced than his lessons, so the most basic ones deal with note identification and scale ear training. While it’s important to emphasize ear training, students must first know their notes and be able to identify them on the staff. The interval ear training exercise is ideal for students who have a solid understanding of visual note identification, as it prepares them for a life in music. This is a must for serious music students because the ability to identify notes and intervals heard in a simple recorded excerpt will be tested throughout formal education.
For students who are still learning their notes, there are exercises to identify notes on the staff and on the keyboard. Parents can go through these exercises with their children, predicting the correct answers and checking them immediately. Clicking on an answer results in a verdict of “correct” or “incorrect” and there is the option to reveal the correct answer at any point during the exercise.

Tools of the Trade

If parents or their young music students encounter unfamiliar notes or intervals in music assigned by teachers, they can use the helpful tools provided by Adams to correctly identify any mystifying cases. In addition to interval and chord calculators, there’s a “pop-up piano” that displays a keyboard for hands-on visualization of abstract intervals. Parents can use these resources to play an active role in their children’s music education and might even learn something new in the process.

This is a Guest Post from Alexis Bonari. Alexis is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at onlinedegrees.org, researching areas of online universities. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.?

Practical Help for your child’s Music Theory Lessons

This is a question which often came up when we had our music school. The parents would come to us with questions like

“Shouldn’t my child be doing some theory homework?”

“What other theory practice can I get my child to do?”

“What can we do to improve my child’s grades in music theory at school?”

These questions are on the mind of every parent who’s child is doing music. Sometimes theory gets forgotten or put “on the back burner” by the teachers, who understandably have a great deal to cover in their lessons.

Theory is something that should be able to do be done at home – its something that with the right music theory materials and just a little bit of guidance from the teacher then should be simple for the child to learn by themselves.

If your child is preparing for a theory exam (which is a great thing to be doing!) then they’ll definitely need as much practice as possible! Don’t let them say..”I’ve done enough worksheets and practice” as one thing they definitely always need is more practice!

At the Fun Music Company we’ve been working hard at a new product which we have just released, called Printable Music Theory Books, which is a set of Music Theory Worksheets which cover all the bases when it comes to music theory.

We’ve designed it around the major examination systems around the world, structuring it into grades so that each level effectively covers the material in each grade.

It doesn’t matter if your child is going to do theory exams or not – if they are able and competent to go through our materials then you’ll know what level they are up to.

It’s brand new – and only just been released – so go right now and check out our brand new Printable Music Theory Books for parents who want to help their children learn music theory.

Welcome to the Parents Music Guide!

The Parents music guide is the information guide for parents about all things music.

Very often, parents have to help their children learn music, and often don’t know anything about music themselves.

This webpage is designed for the one purpose of helping parents help their children with their music lessons.

You can access the pages with the links across the top, and we’ll awnser any questions that come in on this page.

If you have any questions please send them to parentsguide@funmusicco.com, and we’ll answer them as soon as possible.