Music for Homeschoolers

By Anna Lowell

Apr 06

Do you ever need an instant “pick-me-up” during your homeschool day?

Try instantly changing the mood in your home by turning on some happy music!

Try instantly changing the mood in your home by playing some happy music for homeschoolers! These 21 Songs are sure to lift your spirits.

These 21 songs make perfect music for homeschoolers.

I love to play Pandora while my kids and I are studying. We enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, but we love the happy music that lets us jive a little the best! My favorite Pandora Radio station is built around the Andrews Sisters and music from the 1920’s through 1950’s.

No matter the style of music that you enjoy, find some favorite happy pick-me-up songs that you and your kids can enjoy together, then play them when you are feeling discouraged or tired.

Here are a few of my family’s favorites to get you started. These songs can be found on Youtube, but I think they are better listened to without the videos to distract (except for the Singing in the Rain suggestions.) If you would like to hear the songs, click on the title to go to the You Tube link, but be careful as there can be some nasty adds on You Tube that you may not want your kids to see (or to see yourself). You can also build yourself a Pandora radio station by creating a “New Station”, typing in your favorite artist, then adding more artists under the “add variety” option on your new radio station.

Music 1

Mambo Italiano sung by Rosemary Clooney (My kids’ all time favorite, although we still can’t figure out what enchiladas have to do with the rest of the song. We can totally relate with “Momma say ‘A-stoppa or I’m gonna tell the Papa'”. Can you listen to it without jiving, just a little bit?)

Swinging on a Star sung by Bing Crosby – This couldn’t be more perfect to get your kids back into the “studying” spirit

It’s a Good Day sung by Perry Como

Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh sung by the Andrews Sisters (You might recognize this from Disney’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe movie)

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B sung by the Andrews Sisters (Just see if this doesn’t put a smile on your face!)

Sh-boom (Life Could be a Dream) sung by The Chords (Your kids might recognize this from the movie Cars)

Need a little bit of summer? Try Summertime sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong

Feeling frumpy? Get inspired by Ella Fitzgerald singing Puttin’ on the Ritz

Music 2

Feeling sad? Listen to Bing Crosby and his son Gary Crosby singing Sam’s Song

Make Someone Happy sung by Jimmy Durante

I Got Rhythm sung by Judy Garland

I Got the Sun in the Morning sung by Betty Hutton

Somewhere Over the Rainbow sung by Judy Garland (although I love the Celtic Woman a cappella version, too!)

It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) sung by Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington

I need a way to store my instruments so they are out of the way, yet easily accessible so my kids will practice more. This is a perfect solution, and I love the framed music wall art!

Artie Shaw’s Begin the Beguine

Glenn Miller’s In the Mood, String of Pearls, or Chattanooga Choo Choo, anything by Glenn Miller!

Make ’em Laugh  and Moses Supposes from Singing in the Rain (Youtube videos from original movie are lots of fun!)

To inspire you to clean: Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat sung by Andrews Sisters

Finally, if you want to watch some musicians who are creative and obviously love their calling, watch the Piano Guys – Most any video they put out is totally inspiring. The kids and I have also enjoyed watching how they make their videos. Check out their music at

What is your favorite music for homeschooling? I would love to hear your suggestions. Please scroll down to comment.

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