Two of the areas that I felt like I was really lacking in last year were art and music. We are now working on art and music every Monday, so we already got a chance to try out the things that we will be using this year to hopefully infuse more of both into our schooling. (In addition to the beginning of music lessons for both of our boys, which will begin later this month.)
I’ll share later what we’re working on for art, but today, I wanted to talk about our music program.
For music, I bought the book The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine. I went through the book prior to the school year, and I realized that it was easily broken up into more than 40 “lessons.” These will represent just a brief introduction to a variety of composers, as well as the instruments found in an orchestra.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that it also comes with a CD. Many places throughout the book, you are instructed to play a certain track. For each composer and instrument, there is a track on the CD. It (the book) often tells you what to listen for as you listen to the piece.
Today, we read the introduction and met “Orchestra Bob.” We also were instructed to read Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries. I enjoyed it, and so did the kids. I’m really looking forward to working our way through this book for a great overview this year.
Anyone want to take bets on how many times this year I’m going to have to hear, “Hey — that’s from Little Einsteins!”
Angie can be found writing about faith, family, and household management, with a little crafting and homeschooling thrown in too, at Many Little Blessings!
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