Music is a large part of any cultural identity. Whether your family has lived in an area for generations or just moved from somewhere else, music connects generationally. Here is a book that offers advice, concrete ideas, and inspiration in making actively listening to, and discussing music a family experience in your home.
In each chapter, I found terrific suggestions, and many “aha!” moments that make me even more dedicated to exposing our kids to as many types of music as possible.
Dr. Owens covers how to choose a music teacher, what influence we have as parents, moving to the music, musical values, and variety of other topics that will give you confidence in trying something new – or explaining why you would not listen to a given genre of music (I have my own issues with rap).
“Music is something we turn to when we are sad, happy, or bored…”
What I love about the book is that he gives concrete ideas and examples, he is not just spewing a bunch of theory based on a study somewhere. He uses examples from his own family, like the song his wife wrote for one of their sons, and car rides with kids. He wrote this so parents with no musical knowledge can give their kids a foundation in musical understanding, and love of music, to last a lifetime.
If you are seeking a book that will help you guide your kids into a lifetime of music, this is the book to get. It’s available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions, for $9.99 and $12.95, respectively.
Learning Tangent is Gail’s brainchild. When it all goes down, she has to get the magazine out the door and on its way to subscribers. She has four kids, of whom she and her husband David homeschool two. She enjoys a wide range of activities including weaving, photography, writing, is a musician (both a teacher & performer), calligrapher, and is an avid sci-fi- & fantasy reader. You’ll generally find her busy doing whatever it is she wants to on a given day.