I am always on the lookout for ways to inspire the creative process in my children. One of these is writing music.
With each piece, they are more inspired to express themselves–which, is the main objective.
If you want to learn how to teach your children the art of songwriting, continue reading to learn more.
Listen to Music in All Genres
It’s important to teach your children that the world is full of all types of music, styles, and lyrics.
This is the time for them to explore and learn more about the music of the world.
I also like a quality sound, so I only use equipment from a high-end audio store.
As the music sounds crisper, my kids are more apt to enjoy it all together.
Also, I want them to hear rhythm changes, melodies and the poetry of the music.
Find a Topic
To start, it is important to decide what your song will be about.
If you need inspiration, just go for a walk or go people-watching.
Also, ask your children what their interests are.
It can be anything from dinosaurs and dolls to specific holidays throughout the year.
Other topic ideas include their school lessons.
You might even write a motivational song about doing homework or cleaning their room.
Once you pick a topic, you can start writing.
Decide on a Melody
In the beginning, it’s easiest to use melodies your kids are already familiar with such as Jingle Bells or Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
It can also be a melody from a popular and age-appropriate song.
Just use whatever you normally listen too.
Now that you have a melody, you can determine how to change the lyrics based on your topic.
This is the really fun part.
Since you have your tune picked out, it’s easier to get started on verses and a rhyming scheme.
You can help them by coming up with a few verses of your own.
This is how they will tell their story through song.
At this stage, you should make up as many verses as you can.
In the end, only a few will make the cut.
The more verses you have, the more choices you have about editing the final song.
Pick a Chorus
This is the part of the song that most of us remember.
Think of it as the heart of the song.
In fact, the chorus should echo the topic or theme of the song.
Plus, it’s nice when it has a rhyming scheme.
You’ll start to see how this exercise helps to teach your kids about rhymes.
What is the Song For?
Begin with the end in mind. Is the song for fun, to share knowledge or for a special occasion?
Perhaps they want to write a song for an upcoming birthday, anniversary or wedding.
A song always makes an event feel more heartfelt.
If there is a purpose, kids will feel more motivated to keep writing.
Record the Song
You can use a karaoke app on your phone to play the melody while your kids sing the chorus.
It doesn’t matter if this song will never reach the top of the Billboard charts.
It’s more important to bond with your kids and to help them express their creativity.
In turn, they might become more interested in songwriting, singing, musical instruments or all the above and more.
Furthermore, it gives them a hobby they can fall back on whenever they’re bored or want to express themselves.
Teaching your kids to write songs may be the start of something grand.
It can also be a great and fun bonding experience.