There are many ways to provide music lessons for your homeschooled student. I think some parents are a bit intimidated by this if they are not musically inclined themselves, but this really isn’t anything to cause anxiety. Here are some basic ways your student can start learning piano, violin, trumpet, flute, guitar, cello, etc.
—Contact your local music shop. Many music shops offer lessons for certain instruments. It’s also helpful because they have all the supplies you need right there. These lessons are taught by professionals with a passion for music.
—Ask around in your homeschool co-op. More often than not, there will be a teenager or two willing (and eager) to take on piano, violin, or even guitar students. I would suggest asking parents and students alike for recommendations. The nice thing about having a student teacher is that their rates are much cheaper than professionals. Also, I’ve known many a student teacher to put together recitals and provide well-rounded music instruction—theory included.
—Check in the phone book. You should be able to find professional music teachers/tutors listed in the phone book. Simply search in the yellow pages for “piano teacher” or “violin teacher.” These teachers usually charge a bit more for their services, but their expertise is more than worth it.
—Join the local high school band class. This is always an option as well. I’ve had several homeschooled friends participate in the high school band class. This way, they are able to play at professional recitals, learn with a class, meet new friends, and enjoy their desired instrument.
—Check out the local university student classes. Some universities offer high school programs for music, drama, and arts. I’ve known a friend or two to be involved with university for music and drama. It’s always worth checking out!
—Teach them yourself. Of course, if you are gifted musically, you don’t need me to tell you this, but you could always teach your children yourself.