Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

Posted by Administrator on 8/1/2012 to Homeschooling
“At the thought of God my heart leapt for joy, and I could not help my music’s doing the same.” Joseph Haydn’s music certainly expresses and encourages joy – so much so that some of his sacred music was actually criticized by some puritanical church members during his day. It is a joy that could only come from a love of God because early circumstances in his life would have defeated and discouraged moist men. Yet “Papa Haydn,” as he was affectionately called, maintained a merry heart and encouraging spirit throughout his years.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Posted by Administrator on 6/30/2012 to Homeschooling

Blogs on Individual Composers

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at unique moments in the lives of several key composers in musicology. These moments in time are to make the composers a bit more approachable and real to students (and some teachers) who may be a little leery of getting involved with classical music because they feel intimidated by it. We need to recognize that these composers were real people who faced hardships, worked diligently, and had very personal reasons for composing the music they did. Understanding a bit more about their lives makes their music even richer and more enjoyable.

Family Favorites for Different Genres of Movies – Part 2

Posted by Administrator on 6/14/2012 to Homeschooling

Picking up where we left off…

Here is a look at the drama genre.

Drama – Aristotle said that drama is “imitated human action.” It has been clarified that drama needs three elements: (1) a story that is (2) told in action (3) by actors who impersonate and give dialogue to the characters of the story. Usually drama involves conflict of a serious tone or subject. While drama does not have to contain tragedy (drama in which human suffering or the downfall of a great man typically has a disastrous conclusion), it may and it intends to portray life’s emotion and action in a way that brings interest to and intense feeling about the story.

Family Favorites for Different Genres of Movies

Posted by Administrator on 5/23/2012 to Homeschooling
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a genre is a “category of artistic, musical, or literary composition characterized by a particular style, form, or content.” We would add the idea that nearly any form of media (written, auditory, or visual) can be categorized by genres. It’s just one of many different ways that a person can discuss books, television programming, short stories, movies, and more. Over the next few weeks, we thought it would be fun to look at over a dozen different film genres (ranging from animated to westerns), briefly defining certain characteristics common to any film in that genre, and then listing some of our favorite movies from the given category. We’d love to have your input, as well! Share with others what your favorite films are from each genre are and why. We look forward to being introduced to new-to-us titles, or being reacquainted with film ideas we had forgotten!

The Advantages of Music (Listening or Playing)

Posted by Administrator on 5/23/2012 to Homeschooling
14,200,000 results. 14,200,000! That’s how many results my computer pulled up when I searched for an answer to the question, “What are the advantages of listening to music?” Needless to say, I didn’t research all of them. Honestly, I got to page three and gave up. Some sites were totally irrelevant to my goal. Others were promoting styles of music with which we disagree (no, I don’t believe there can be Christian rap that is more effective than any other style of music in elevating my heart to worship God). And some sites were beyond my four-year-degree comprehension. But most of the relevant results upheld the theories many of us already have regarding music listening.
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