Our weekly in-class
outline to try at home:
1. Sing & dance along – 10 minutes. Feel free to encourage them to dance and do the motions to the songs. We turn the music up loud and get the wiggles out during this time! Frequent songs are Fruit of the Spirit, Joshua Fought the Battle, Father Abraham, He's Got the Whole World, Head Shoulders Knees Toes, and With My Foot I Tap
2. Boom-whackers and Bells – 10-20 minutes. Currently we are working on Beethoven’s 9th symphony. While this does not translate to homeschooling, please feel free to show them this video of the Colorado Symphony playing from inside their homes this past week: Ode to Joy
3. Composer Study – 5-10 minutes. We listen to several pieces by composers from the time period. Students are allowed to close their eyes, lay down, dance, act out what they hear, or sit peacefully and draw while they actively listen to the selections. Favorites include Carnival of the Animals, The Four Seasons, The Peer Gynt Suite (especially Morning & In the Hall of the Mountain King), Orpheus in the Underworld, Dance of the Hours, and Flight of the Bumblebee.
If you would like to do more:
Using this website Composers for Kids, select one major composer from each period (Baroque, Classical, and Romantic), or use the resources (right) to study each composer. Leisurely study 1 composer for 2-3 weeks, as your days & schedule allow.