Last week on the Hoffman Academy Blog, we explored The Joy of Music in the Home and the many benefits of incorporating music into your family’s life. This week, we’re bringing you 5 simple ways you can create a more musical home, right now. Check them out!
1. Listen to LOTS of Music!
Also known as “passive listening,” having music playing in the background is the first and easiest step to creating a musical home. Turn on the radio, plug in your mobile listening device, get some inexpensive speakers, and let the music fill your home!
2. Create a “Music Corner” in Your Home!
Who would want to practice if every session starts by setting up an instrument, carrying a chair in, and tracking down books? It’s easier to get started if you have everything in one place! Here’s how to create a musical corner at home:
- Keep your piano, keyboard, or other instrument somewhere that’s easily accessible.
- Make sure your chair or bench is already there.
- Have all books and materials (including a pencil!) nearby so you don’t have to search for them every time or interrupt your practice session.
Bonus: Making the instrument easily accessible will encourage your student to play for fun as well as for practice!
3. Make Your Own Instruments!
Pots and pans and rubber bands – anything can become an instrument in a musical home! It makes a super fun craft project, too. Check out this post from the blog The Red Tricycle for 17 Homemade Instruments that Actually Play Music, including:
- Making drums out of plastic bins
- Stretching rubber bands over shoe boxes to make your own banjo
- Filling containers with dried beans or rice to make shakers
4. Sing and Dance Together!
Creating music with your children is the best way to encourage musicality in them and is GREAT for family bonding. The best part? You don’t even have to play an instrument to do it! These 4 tips are great ways for non-musical parents to engage with their kids in the music making process:
- Make up silly songs for chores.
- Have a dance party to your favorite music.
- Use your homemade instruments to play along.
- Props like scarves can turn a “flowy” piece of music into a magical dance, and paper-plate tambourines enhance any beat!
5. Host a Recital!
Sharing what you’ve learned is one of the joys of playing an instrument, and a great way to bring people together! Your recital can be as simple as two or three songs you’ve learned to play. Invite friends, family, and/or neighbors. Make an art project out of creating invitations and programs. Have a “reception” afterward with tasty treats. For inspiration and some fun templates, we have a Piano Party Packet in our Music Learning Resources!