Well, that is a story! My husband was an OPERA Performance major in college the first time he went to college. Music is in the genes. He even sang with a boys choir at 7 years old in Carnegie Hall. He sang in our own Nashville Symphony Choir for many years as well. Therefore, there was not a lack of musical knowledge in our homeschool. However, I was the one teaching! My knowledge was not up to snuff to teach this subject. So we had to reach to find tools and tutors to help us teach the appreciation in our homeschool.
How Did We Incorporate Music in Our Homeschool?
While the curriculum we chose exposed our children to some great music through the homeschool video classes it didn’t teach the actual appreciation and instruments for us. Each of our children was exposed to music in different ways. They all took piano lessons from a private teacher and then each was given the opportunity to choose an instrument to learn. Our oldest chose classical guitar, the next chose trumpet, our third chose the harp, and finally, our youngest chose the flute. Our first and third also took voice lessons. All of them inherited the beautiful voice gene too. While none of them chose the professional music field to work in, they still all have a love for music in their own way.
We are so thankful that we incorporated music in our homeschool. Back then there really weren’t any tools for us to use so we had to pull those things together ourselves to expose our children to the music world. My children are very strong in their musical heritage and knowledge of music of all genres. Their dad filled in the gaps when he was available to do so. This momma was the taxi driver for music lessons.
Today There is a Homeschool Music Appreciation Tool
I am excited to be able to share with a new generation of homeschool families a great tool that my friend Gena Mayo has put together to make teaching music appreciation easier for us. Having a tool to help us is always appreciated. Here is a snippet from one user: “So how does it work? Simple! Gena has done all the work for us. You read the lesson and push the play button for the music and video, and that is pretty much it.”
Use Coupon Code HOLIDAY to save 40% (that’s $26.80!) from March 21-28, 2018!
(Find the blue link that says “Add Coupon” before you check out. If you already see 40% off, you don’t need to use the coupon code.)