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A Simple Way to Include Music Appreciation in Your Homeschool


If you've been a long-time reader here, you know I'm all about fine arts in the homeschool.

Music, art, composers, artists - I write about them all the time. I've raised several artists and composers.

It's what we do here.

So when I was approached to review Zeezok Publishing's music appreciation curriculum, I couldn't have been more excited!

5 Pinteresting Homeschool Boards You Should Follow

A list of five Pinterest boards specifically designed to inspire you in your homeschool journey.

Pinterest is a lot of things: Fun, entertaining, a great bookmark and, if you're a website owner, a terrific source of traffic.

Do you know what else it is? A homeschool resource. Whether you're in need of ideas for a science project or worksheets for math someone has surely bookmarked it on Pinterest.

I am one of those people. I have loved Pinterest from the start have over 60 boards, because I try to keep things organized. I don't pin everything I see, but when I do pin, I want to be able to find it later.

Today I'm sharing with you five of my favorite homeschool boards. They're my favorite subjects, therefore my favorite boards.

Resources for Music and Composer Studies

Welcome to Day #8 of my 10-day series, Composer Studies for Young Scholars

During the 4 years our family has been studying composers and music, I've racked up quite a library of helpful websites. I'm sharing some with you today. 

Part of a 10-day series, this post shares a list of resources for homeschool music and composer studies.
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7 Books You Can Use for Composer Studies

Today is Day #6 of my 10-day series, Composer Studies for Young Scholars

One key feature in a Charlotte Mason style composer is the use of living books. Living books offer more than a dry text or biography. The children can get to know the composer in a deeper way by traveling to the time and place in which the composer lived. Humans retain what they experience and, while the child isn't actually experiencing the life of the composer, living books help transport the child through their imagination. Living books help with information retention.

A list of 7 living books to help you with composer studies in your homeschool.

Composer Studies for High School Students

Tips, ideas and resources for conducting composer studies with your high school homeschool student.

Today is Day #4 of my 10-day series, Composer Studies for Young Scholars

We've covered composer studies for young children and older children. It's time to discuss high school kids. How do we do composer studies with them?

With exceptions of course, high school students work more independently. Composer studies are more a matter of what you require from the student than what you do with the student. 

Composer Studies for the Very Young

This is Day #2 in my 10-day series, Composer Studies for Young Scholars

When my children were younger (up to age 7 or 8), we did composer studies exactly as Charlotte Mason explained. Although a very simple process, these studies stay with the children. They never seem to forget about the lives of these artists. Neither do they forget their music. It's an effective method.
How to conduct composer studies with a young homeschooling child.

Composer studies are actually a two-part lesson. There is studying the composer and then studying the compositions. The following explains how to do both.

4 Reasons to Teach Composer Studies

Here are four good reasons to include composer studies in a homeschool curriculum.
A human being is endowed with an ear attuned to harmony and melody, with a voice from which music may issue, hands whose delicate action may draw forth sounds in enthralling sequence. With the ancient Greeks, we begin to realize that music is a necessary part of education.”   - Charlotte Mason
This is Day #1 in my 10-day series on Composer Studies for Young Scholars. Today, we're discussing reasons to teach composer studies. While many people think music and art are extra-curricular activities, they should be core curriculum. 

There are many reasons to conduct composer studies in our homeschools. Today, I share four of those reasons. 

#1. Music study has positive effects on cognitive development. 

There is compelling evidence which demonstrates music study improves fine motor control, motivation, creativity, self-discipline.

Have you ever found yourself able to do housework faster because music was playing? Have you ever found yourself inspired to write, draw, or do some other creative endeavor while music was playing? I know I have. This is something common to all humans. 

Our environment plays a huge part in the person our child becomes. Speaking of the principle, Education is an Atmosphere, Charlotte Mason said, "Selecting the best color scheme, the most harmonious sounds, beautiful objects, and considerate people will make a child grow up sweet, reasonable, and in harmony with his world."

Composer Studies for Young Scholars

I'm participating in the Autumn 2013 Hopscotch series at iHomeschool Network. My topic of choice is composer studies. I will be creating 10 posts related to teaching children about composers and music. 
A 10-day series covering many aspects of teaching homeschool studients of all ages. Lots of resources!

Composer studies are a favorite in our household. Since our early days of learning the Charlotte Mason method, the idea of children learning about composers and classical music has appealed to me as a mother and educator.

You needn't be a Charlotte Mason homeschoolers to teach these subjects. Including the arts in your homeschool can be of great benefit to your children.

Replacing Screens with Music

Music improves neurological function, reading skills and reduces anxiety levels. Including music in a child's life and homeschool is important. It's a great screen-free activity.
"Children learn about themselves and others by playing music together and by listening to each other - tapping into hidden courage that can be played out by singing together or discovering the inner resources to listen quietly to another child's playing." - Judi Bosco, Board Certified Music Therapist
There's no arguing that the list of benefits of music for children is extensive. Music improves neurological function, reading skills and reduces anxiety levels. Including music in a child's life and homeschool is important.

Incorporating Music in Your Child's Life

Screen usage can be reduced by including music into a child's daily life. Below is a list of ways to do that.

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