Not listening to music while you homeschool? You could be missing out on some really amazing mental, spiritual and emotional benefits. Learn more about why you should turn on the tunes while you homeschool today.
Listening to music while you homeschool can have powerful benefits. Not just any music though, I’m not talking loud rock n roll here. Something light and easy. Instrumental Christian or classical are the best.
I was compensated for my time writing this post and given a free Walk on Water CD by YoungMin You. All thoughts and opinions are, of course, my own. See my full disclosure.
If you’re still on the fence about whether listening to music can benefit your homeschool or not, here’s a list of reasons why you should give it a try and why it can make a world of difference.
Reasons you Should Listen to Music While You Homeschool
Music Makes you Happier
There’s just something about music that adds a skip to your step. Music makes me happy, even while doing those mundane tasks like grocery shopping. I may or not have been spotted belting out the lyrics or busting a move in the canned foods isle. We all know that music can set the mood. If you are feeling less than homeschool-y on any given day. Turn up your favorite worship music and drive out the blues to motivate you and your kids to make it through those dreaded math lessons. It’s a homeschool perk so you might as well take full advantage.
We know music makes us feel good, but did you know why. Listening to music has been scientifically proven to cause the release of dopamine which is a chemical that happens to make a person feel happier, more motivated and relaxed. So crank it up mama and let the joy overflow!
Even if you don’t listen to music while you are homeschooling, I recommend dance party breaks for those hard homeschooling days.
Music Helps Improve Memory
We were having a fire making s’mores one evening with the girls and we had music playing in the background – my 12 year old daughter knew EVERY word to EVERY song that came on. WHAT???
Ever wonder why it’s cake to memorize the lyrics to that song on the radio than it is to memorize the table of chemical elements? You don’t even have to study the lyrics, you just know them.
God designed your brain this way. So amazing! Your brain looks for patterns to better process, understand, and recall information. This is why musicians add a hook to songs, it’s designed to do exactly that – to actually ‘hook’ a listener in.
It’s what the Germans called, der Ohrwurm, which means ‘musical itch’, AKA the earworm. Coined in 1979 by a psychiatrist named Cornelius Eckert, earworm happens when a part of the song gets stuck in your head for a long time like days and weeks even. You can’t get it out. Sometimes annoying lol.
But actually, this is a great way to improve your memory, which makes a lot of sense now! That’s why we have the ABC song and every lesson imaginable set to music. Just go to YouTube and you will find lessons like, 50 states, math facts, Spanish all set to a catchy tune. It’s easier to remember information when it’s transferred within a pattern in those ear-catching melodies.
So listening to music in the background can help your kids actually remember what they are learning.
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The Right Music Changes the Atmosphere
We’ve had too many rough days to count, but one I remember in particular was the time everyone was literally balling for no apparent reason, just losing it. My 2 oldest daughters were in preschool and kindergarten and they were absolutely falling apart. As you may remember, we start our days with Praise and Worship, that is actually where the name “Kingdom First Homeschool” came from.
But this particular day was an absolute mess, we woke up late, rushing around, can’t find one shoe, you know the drill. We had science class at the library and gymnastics on the agenda for the day, so we skipped our morning Worship. Lesson learned for sure. There’s been so many times that playing instrumental worship music just in the background has been a tremendous blessing.
If you are a worshipper you know that without a doubt there is POWER in worshipping and listening to praise music. The presence of God is palpable, sometimes so intense it is tangible. Regardless – everytime I listen to praise music and lift my heart to Jesus, the atmosphere completely changes.
If your homeschool is taking a turn for the worst and Bobby is fighting with Suzy, while Becky is throwing a fit about math, turn on some praise music and watch the atmosphere change! One of my favorites right now is YoungMin You!
So powerful! It’s completely instrumental, perfect for background music while doing school.
YoungMin You is a YouTube star with over 46K subscribers! Seriously, you are going to become an instant fan. His beautiful, relaxing music and piano covers are so anointed. I get goosebumps every.single.time.
He released his album Walk On Water earlier this year in April.
About YoungMin You:
YoungMin You is originally from S. Korea, he was given an opportunity to come to the States to learn English when he was 15. He now lives in Michigan, which happens to be where I was born and raised. So cool!
Being thousands of miles away from home and his family at such a young age and not knowing much of our language was pretty challenging. But through that time, he deepened his faith in God, who always gave him daily strength to press on.
He started playing the piano at the young age of 7 because he thought his older sister looked so cool playing Chopsticks on the keys.
His family couldn’t afford to give him music lessons, so he started teaching himself how to play the piano and write music by watching YouTube videos. After moving to States and learning English, he was ready to pursue music in college, even though many said he couldn’t do it for lack of formal training.
But that didn’t stop him, he loved making music and seeing how it impacted others. He continued to learn music on YouTube until he finally made it to his dream school, Wheaton College Conservatory!
Since then, he married his wife, Chantelle, and they traveled to visit schools and churches to inspire kids through music. He made a couple YouTube channels and some of his videos went viral. He released his album Walk on Water April 3, 2019.
He realized that there were three things he cared the most about: God, music, and people. He believes music is a gift from God. Whether through his piano covers or original compositions, being able to share his music with people brings him so much joy.
Walk On Water Album:
- You Say
- Build My Life / Jesus Messiah
- Hills and Valleys
- 10,000 Reasons
- What a Beautiful Name
- Good Good Father / Great Are You Lord
- I Can Only Imagine
- Reckless Love
- Who You Say I Am
- Head Above Water
- God Only Knows
Connect with YoungMin You
As you can see listening to music during homeschooling has some amazing benefits. I’m quite sure there are many more, but these are the three that I believe can really impact and change your day in a powerful way!
What are some benefits of listening to music while homeschooling that I might have missed?
Free Music Streaming Services
Apple Music – You can get your first 3 months of Apple Music free.
Google Play Music – Google Play Music is free for 30 days this is for those android users.
Pandora – Create your own personalized stations on Pandora for free. The free version has Ads, limited skips, but still a great option.
Spotify – The free version, you get limited on-demand song selection plus ads and limited skips.
Slacker Radio – This site has several stations for kids and Christian music, classical, and more.
Forest Rose is a God Loving, Blessed Wife, & Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschooling Mama to 3 girls – 8, 11, & 12 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She’s passionate about lifting moms out of the homeschooling trenches that are discouraged, overwhelmed or feeling alone or isolated. Her hope is to point them to Christ and equip them to rise up with a new found hope and joy within, that He alone can provide. Besides blogging, she also loves hanging out at her exclusive Facebook Group “Homeschooling 101 Community” that she started to help new homeschoolers thrive.