Making Music Together: How to Raise Musically Insightful Kids

Presented by: John Owens

Do you want a music education for your kids without emptying your wallet? Do you feel that you lack the skills to teach music to your kids? Does it seem like there is much more to music than just instrument lessons? Music is a vital part of a child’s identity, education, and life. The music and musical experiences children encounter everyday shape their understanding of the world. Whether you have no musical abilities or are an accomplished musician, this session will show you how to build a musically rich home, stimulate musically insightful kids, foster a lifelong interest in music, and experience music naturally.


As a professional musician, music teacher, and homeschooling dad, Dr. John Owens is passionate about the value of music learning in and out of the home. Professionally, he serves as the music subject matter expert for the Department of Defense Educational Activity and taught music at Lake Michagan College, Kent State University, Coconino Community College, Page High School, and St. Augustine High School. John has also worked as a music teacher supervisor for Oberlin College and curriculum consultant for the non-profit Little Kids Rock. As a musician, John was a drummer for the US Army Band and Disneyland. His presentations and publications focus on informal music learning and music education philosophy. His Ph.D. and master’s degrees in music are from Kent State University, and his BA in music is from Cal State San Bernardino. Every day, he enjoys making music with his wife, Christine, and their four kids at their home in northern Virginia.

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