boy playing piano May 31, 2018

Ignite Your Passion: How Homeschooling is Helping Children Pursue Piano

The learning period for the musical brain opens up at a very early age. Putting a child into musical lessons while they’re young can give them a head start in their overall education and ability to learn. When students find a passion in music—especially at a young age—they can greatly benefit from spending time honing their skills and building up their talent.

Nine-year-old Eleni and six-year-old Nicolas found their passion in playing piano. We talked to their mother, Sue Moon, to find out how homeschooling has helped her children do more of what they love.

“Having the freedom to work our daily schedule according to their needs is the best benefit in my opinion,” Sue says. “It keeps the kids happy and this produces amazing results.”

Here’s how it’s helped them find a balance of pursuing a quality education as well as their passion for piano.

Less Time Wasted in Class

One of Sue’s favorite aspects of Excel’s homeschool curriculum is that she can tailor the coursework to Eleni’s and Nico’s learning levels. Both students are exceptionally bright, so choosing material that challenges them helps them stay engaged and focused on their work. Half of the Moons’ instruction is gained at home, while the other half is provided by outside content and community providers—including piano lessons, which are paid for by instructional funds.

The children are able to have a say in what and how they learn as well. For example, when we spoke to Sue, Eleni was at piano practice and requested that they visit the King Tut exhibit at the California Science Center once her practice for the day was done. It’s a fun and educational activity the family can do together, which brings a subject they previously studied to life.

More Time Focusing on Piano

Eleni practices an average of three hours, and Nico spends about 45 minutes at the piano every day; if there’s an upcoming competition, it might be more. Sue says that the amount of practice time would be the same if the children weren’t enrolled at Excel, but the flexible hours of the program give them more freedom and less stress in fitting it all in.

“The kids are happier because our home setting is relaxing, and we are never rushing to get to practice,” Sue says. “Having the time to practice the piano when you can and having the time available at your fingertips is a luxury for us.”

That luxury includes being able to practice around a schedule that makes sense to the kids. For example, they can squeeze in a nap during the school day and wake up refreshed, focused, and ready for practice.

More Time with Family

The flexibility of the homeschool schedule means the Moon children can finish up with everything—including school work and piano practice—roughly before or around 3 pm. Before Excel, the kids wouldn’t be able to begin practice until after 3 pm, and would have to squeeze in piano, homework, and dinner all before bedtime.

Having afternoons and evenings free means the family gets to spend more time together. Sue also gets to spend more time with her children while they’re learning. Neither she nor her husband had any prior experience or background in teaching, but it’s been an experience that’s well worth the journey.

“It’s like parenting, where you may question yourself along the way, and there may be some hiccups at first,” she says. “But things eventually fall into place, and you figure things out. So far, it’s only been good.”

To find out how Excel’s flexible learning can help your child pursue their passion, click here.