Learning Through Exposure (Appreciating Classical Music Part 2)

Posted by Elisabeth Tanner on 9/26/2016 to Homeschooling

Some people say that classical music is archaic and has no relevance for the youth of today. Is this true? Are we wasting our time exposing children to this age-old genre? I would like to encourage you to recognize the value of classical music, regardless of the age or interests of the listener. Classical music has the potential to engage both the heart and mind of a child and propel them towards a greater interest in the things around them.  

Learning Through Example and Experience (Appreciating Classical Music Part 1)

Posted by Elisabeth Tanner on 9/19/2016 to Homeschooling

As teachers and parents, we need to be intentional about teaching our students to love and appreciate this unique genre. Let us share some creative and practical ways to introduce your students to classical music.

This week we will talk about introducing our children to classical music through EXAMPLE and EXPERIENCES.

The Benefits of Musical Enrichment

Posted by Administrator on 1/29/2014 to Homeschooling
Music is an integral part of human culture and human history that touches each of us from the womb and throughout our lives. Musical compositions can express a wide range of moods and feelings and move the listener emotionally and intellectually. Music can entertain, inspire, and uplift. It forms a key element of worship. Music provides a rich backdrop for the most significant moments of our lives. Music composition and performance is a powerful vehicle that can move our spirits and demand a response as we listen, play, and sing. With such power and richness, music is certainly a blessing from God offered for our enrichment. Given the profound ways that music touches the human soul, expanding our homeschooling education plan with a selection of musical elements certainly makes sense.

Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Posted by Administrator on 1/22/2014 to Homeschooling
One of my fondest childhood memories is of music class in my small, private school. On some days, we entered a dimly lit room, piled with pillows on the floor, where we reclined and listened to great works of classical music. Encouraged to imagine a scene that corresponded with the dramatic, or soothing, or rollicking music, we all relaxed and enjoyed one of God’s greatest creations. At other times we experienced instrument show-and-tell or sang silly folks songs about cats on red roofs (that I can still sing to this day!). And one year at the school fair, we reenacted a scene from the opera “Amahl and the Night Visitor,” to the delight of our parents. I have always loved music, and I believe that love can be attributed to the wide variety of music to which I was exposed during my youth, the fact that my family was musical and sang together in the car and at church, and years of music lessons which I truly loved–unlike so many children. Those three elements, along with some intentional teaching about composers and styles, are key to helping our children appreciate good music as they grow.

Is Music Amoral?

Posted by Wilcox on 1/13/2014 to Homeschooling
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