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 SpiritJoshua Fought the BattleFather AbrahamHe's Got the Whole WorldHead 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 AnimalsThe Four SeasonsThe Peer Gynt Suite (especially Morning & In the Hall of the Mountain King), Orpheus in the UnderworldDance 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. 

Composer Study 

 
 
Baroque: Bach
Music playlist
Podcast for Kids (5min, includes optional listening quiz)
Listening Journal
Life (free biography e-book, as the libraries are closed)
Questions
Notebooking Pages (Students can practice handwriting by recording facts or opinions about each composer)
Coloring Page
Media: Walt Disney’s Fantasia includes Bach’s Tocatta and Fugue in D minor.
This video features Toccata and Fugue in D minor played with feet!

 
Classical: Mozart
Music playlist
Podcast for Kids (5min)
Podcast 2, Mozart’s Operas for Kids (5min)
Listening Journal
Life (free biography e-book)
Questions
Notebooking Pages
Coloring Page

Media: The MET staged a whimsical, shortened, in English version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as an introduction to opera. You can rent & watch it for $5 here.


Romantic: Brahms
Music playlist
Podcast for Kids (6min)
Listening Journal
Life
Questions
 (listed under ‘Brahms writing projects’)
Notebooking Pages
Coloring Page

Media: A fun video featuring Hungarian Dance No. 5

MUSIC