Many parents want their children to have an appreciation of music and knowledge of composers – but if they are not musical, they may not know where to start. I know this definitely describes me!
Over the years I have found various CDs and books and even CD Rom games that I have used with my children – and now I have found a whole curriculum aimed at teaching elementary students music appreciation.
Mary Prather, from Homegrown Learners, is a homeschool mom with an undergraduate degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Education and she has produced a curriculum called SQUILT – Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time.
Each week you study a different composer. Everything you need is provided: definitions, links to websites where you can listen to the music and fun printables.
Mary gave me a review copy and I just love it and wish I still had a young student to use it with. There are 10 lessons in each volume and the idea is for you to take a week over each. You sit together and listen to the music – but this is “active” listening. As you listen students complete their SQUILT notebook page and record what the Dynamics, Tempo, Instruments used and the Mood for each piece are.
You may be wondering how you will know if your child has got these things correct. Fortunately, Mary provides direction for the teacher so you know what to listen out for and how to prompt your children. If you have ever used Meet the Masters for art – this is done in a very similar style.
This is the table of contents for the first volume which is on Baroque Composers. The second volume on The Classical Era is also available and Mary has further volumes in the pipeline.
Each volume is currently priced at $8.99 and comes as an eBook – so you can get it immediately and easily print off what you need. This also means you can use it with multiple students which makes the curriculum perfect for classroom or home use. You can purchase them at Squiltmusic.com.
And … I am pleased to tell you Mary has agreed to provide one copy of Baroque Composers free to one of my blog readers, so be sure to enter the Giveaway below.