Lenten Listening Calendar

Music is an integral part of Lent.

The season of Lent (the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday - this year it is March 1 - April 15) is a time when we prepare our hearts and minds for the death and resurrection of Jesus.

From Medieval chants, Bach's liturgical music, and Martin Luther's hymns - to more contemporary hymns, there is a rich selection of music for the Lenten season.

Just as we can learn about eras of history through music, we can also learn about seasons of the church year through music. 

For Lent, we can immerse ourselves in music that quiets our hearts and minds - music that puts us in a contemplative and peaceful state.  We can memorize hymns rich with scripture.  We can place ourselves back in the early church as we listen to the Latin mass.

We can ultimately be drawn closer to God and his most precious gift to us, his Only Son.


SQUILT Music Appreciation is offering a free Lenten listening calendar.

This calendar includes a piece of music for each of the 40 days and 5 Sundays in Lent. Simply click the link on the day and you will be directed to a piece of sacred Lenten music. 

Also, we will send you a few emails to help you use the calendar in your home. At SQUILT Music Appreciation our goal is to make learning about and enjoying music as simple and low stress as possible!  It's such fun to hear from parents who are using and loving SQUILT in their homes!

I just wanted to thank you for making this available and sharing it for free. I have purchased a couple of your other curriculum and we really enjoy them. I can’t wait to use this calendar with my kids.
— Renee K. - SQUILT Customer
Posted on February 26, 2017 and filed under Free Lessons.

Learn About the Instruments of the Orchestra

Our mission at SQUILT music is to help parents and teachers foster a knowledge and appreciation of beautiful music in children. 

Through a series of volumes focusing on musical eras and composers, children are exposed to the essential musical pieces of the past and present. 

During a Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time lesson, children are taught how to listen for the key elements in music: Rhythm, Tempo, Dynamics, Instrumentation, and Mood. 

The ability to articulate what the INSTRUMENTATION  (the instruments being used) is in a particular piece of music is a skill that must be developed over time and repeated exposure.

We are happy to announce a new resource in the SQUILT family.  

This resource teaches your children EVERYTHING they need to know about the instruments of the symphony orchestra. 


Meet The Instruments

Meet the Instruments: Exploring the Orchestra is really very simple.

It is ONE convenient PDF file (just like all SQUILT resources) - contained in this PDF are:

  • 32 beautifully designed instrument flashcards (set up for easy double sided printing)
  • access to a password protected resource page with over 30 curated videos to teach your children all about the sounds of the instruments
  • teaching ideas
  • game ideas
  • additional printables

 Meet the Instruments  can be used alone, or it can be used to supplement any SQUILT volume. 

Remember, INSTRUMENTATION is a crucial piece of the music appreciation puzzle, so if your children master these cards they will have mastered a huge part of music vocabulary!

We don't think you'll find anything quite as easy and effective to help you teach your children all about the orchestra. 


Knowing the sound of orchestra instruments seems to be a lost skill in today's fast-paced, pop music culture. Give your children the gift of a knowledge that will NEVER leave them -- and a knowledge that will allow them to appreciate and UNDERSTAND music for the rest of their lives!

Learn About the Instruments of the Orchestra - a new resource from SQUILT Music
Posted on January 17, 2017 and filed under products.

A Classical Music Playlist for Fall

As we're picking apples, getting out cold weather clothes, and carving pumpkins, there is something else memorable about fall - MUSIC.

Whether it is listening to Vivaldi's Autumn from The Four Seasons, or Grieg's In The Hall of The Mountain King, there is some music that is distinctly for THIS season.

Music triggers our senses and emotions. Music shapes our memories and our lives.

Music puts us in touch with our deepest selves, and for that I am grateful. 

As a parent, there is nothing I enjoy more than sharing music with my children. We play it in the car, while we are doing schoolwork, or during our morning time. Lately I've just been stopping the kids at random points in the day to sit with me and listen to a beautiful piece of music. 

Now is a perfect time to share a few beautiful pieces of Classical "fall" music with your children. This list is a good starting point - and  don't forget to download a free lesson at the end of this post to help you expand on one of the most famously "fall" pieces.

Celebrate Fall: A Classical Music Playlist for the Season - includes a free music appreciation download

Classical Music For Fall

Below are the pieces in the playlist - you can also view the entire playlist on YouTube. 

Our Town - Aaron Copland

This piece - Our Town - by Aaron Copland, transports us to a small American town. I can picture leaves falling and warm family room with apple cider and pumpkin pie. 

Have your children draw what they think this town looks like while listening to the piece.

Aaron Copland is studied extensively in SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era

The Seasons: October - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Many people don't realize the same composer who wrote The Nutcracker and the 1812 Overture also wrote a lovely group of pieces entitled "The Seasons".  This piece is tranquil and evokes images of leaves slowly drifting to the ground.

Tchaikovsky is studied in SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era. SQUILT Music also offers an entire study on his Nutcracker Suite. 

Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) - Intermezzo - Pietro Mascagni

You may think you've never heard this piece before, but you probably have at some point in your life.

If not - you are in for a relaxing treat! 

This  little piece is from the one act opera by Mascagni. The lush use of strings evokes images of the coming of fall.

Listening to this makes me want to iron some fall leaves between wax paper! Or, how about getting out water color pencils or chalk pastels and asking your kids to create their own fall leaves? 

Danse Macabre - Camille Saint-Saens

This is a tone poem - perfect for Halloween and children.

Danse Macabre or “Dance of Death” is a medieval allegory on the universality of death. It has been depicted for centuries in paintings and poetry. Some Hispanic cultures celebrate it as Dia de los Muertos. It came into being during a time when people in Europe were facing difficult situations like the Black Plague, famine and wars. Danse Macabre reminds us that life is precious and fleeting.   (source)

Older students could research this piece and find out the many ways it has been used in modern culture. Younger students can simply listen and draw a Halloween picture. 

Saint-Saens was a composer from the Romantic Era, a fun era of music history for students to study.

In The Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg

This piece uses a gradual crescendo to build suspense and interest. It is a favorite of all ages!

Part of Grieg's larger suite, Peer Gynt, this is an essential for any child's Classical music repertoire. There is SO MUCH that can be learned from this little gem of a piece.

If you'd like to expand on this gem, download a free lesson

It includes all listening links, teacher instructions, notebooking pages, and a supplemental activity to the main SQUILT lesson. It's a perfect addition to your activities this fall! 

Download the Free SQUILT Lesson!

 

Do you have a favorite piece of music for this time of year? 

Posted on October 7, 2016 and filed under playlists, Free Lessons.

Composer Study in the Homeschool

Composer study is an essential part of a full and rich home education for children. 

Whether it is exposing children to the ornate organ works of JS Bach, the tempestuous repertoire of Beethoven, the sweeping symphonies of Gustav Mahler, or even the iconic movie music of John Williams, learning about one composer IN DEPTH is of great value. 

Consider Charlotte Mason's instruction to parents on the subject:

Let the young people hear good music as often as possible, and that under instruction. It is a pity we like our music, as our pictures and our poetry, mixed, so that there are few opportunities of going through, as a listener, a course of the works of a single composer. But this is to be aimed at for the young people; let them study occasionally the works of a single great master until they have received some of his teaching, and know his style.
— Charlotte Mason (Vol. 5, p. 235)

How then do we go about teaching our children about composers? And, how do we do that if we, the parents, have little or no musical knowledge?

Composer Study in the Homeschool

Giving our children the gift of a composer's music is so simple.

Choose a Composer! 

The first step is choosing a composer to study. 

Here are a few ways to go about doing that:

  • Choose a composer based on the historical time period you are studying. 
  • Choose a composer based on INTEREST (Do you have a favorite composer? Does your child love a certain piece of music? Have you always wanted to know about a composer?  Start there.).
  • Here's a list of 5 composers children will enjoy --- easy! 

Learn About the Composer's Life

Children love to learn PERSONAL details about composers.

And, let's face it: most composers have/had extremely interesting (and sometimes scandalous) lives!

The best way our family has found to learn about a composer's life is through quality biographies.

In Best Books for Music Appreciation we detail many of these books (and a few other resources) that help your children become intrigued with a particular composer.


Explore the Music!

This is the part that becomes a bit daunting for some parents.

How do you teach your children about a composer's music when you don't know about the music yourself? 

  • Use YouTube to find playlists of a composer's music
  • Purchase a "best of" collection  (many of these are available to stream for FREE if you have Amazon Prime)
  • Find a curriculum that guides you through the composer's music

SQUILT Spotlights

After homeschooling for many years and now authoring a music appreciation curriculum, I found a need for quality composer studies.

There are plenty of studies that focus on the composer's life and have a student listen to their works, but not many studies that really DISSECT the works and teach children the finer points of listening.

Wouldn't it be great if your child heard a piece by JS Bach and just KNEW it was by Bach because of the way it sounded?  

SQUILT Spotlights do just that.  

Each Spotlight includes PLENTY of biographical information about the composer, and it also includes three representative works by that composer, complete with listening links, directions for listening (and plenty of scripted teaching instructions for parents!), notebooking pages, and MORE!

The SQUILT listening sheet has helped thousands of parents break music down into its essential elements, and better still - it is training children to recognize those same elements! 

Each Spotlight also includes special access to a password protected resource page on SQUILT Music that provides additional resources for learning. 

By the end of a SQUILT Spotlight your children will know all about a composer as well as what their works SOUND LIKE, and what makes that composer's works unique to THEM.  

Currently, two Spotlights are available:  Bach and Handel.   More spotlights are coming soon! 

Composer study doesn't have to get left out of your child's education.

In fact, it just might become something that sticks with them for the REST of their life. Wouldn't that be a great gift to give your children?

 

Do you include composer study in your homeschool?

Posted on April 30, 2016 and filed under Composer Study.

Best Books for Music Appreciation

The gift of music appreciation lasts a lifetime. 

Through the SQUILT curriculum, learning HOW to appreciate beautiful music is simple and FUN!  

Once our children begin to learn about great music, it naturally leads to a curiosity about the composers of that music, and to a curiosity about instruments, the orchestra, and much more. 

Following is a listing of books that are on our shelves at home - books that have been read to children when I taught elementary music, and books that have been read (and re-read) to my own children. 

 

Best Books for Music Appreciation

This post contains affiliate links. 


 

Book Organization

 

Most of our homeschool books are organized in IKEA Billy Bookcases in our basement. 

I have a section that is simply for Fine Arts, and the music books occupy one shelf.

They are categorized by general books, biographies, and stories in music. 

By keeping the books in easy sight, I can reference them more often, and i can also encourage my children to reference them more often, too.

Of course, sometimes I strew good books around the house, so if we're learning about Beethoven I might put out my favorite Opal Wheeler Beethoven biography on the coffee table in the family room, or just casually leave it on the kitchen table.  

You will find this list to be simple and of the highest quality... less is more when providing resources for children. 

Best Books for Music Appreciation


Composer Biographies

Favorite Composer Biographies

Opal Wheeler Composer Biographies  --- lovely stories about composers as children. My own children relate to these so well and they are EXTREMELY well written. 

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers -- light stories about the composers, but with a lot of information and fun cartoons -- great for all ages. 

Lives of the Musicians (Good Times, Bad Times, and What the Neighbors Thought) -- humorous stories about composers

Famous Children Series -- great for younger children -- simple stories with a lot of basic composer information


Stories in Music

A great way to go DEEPER with a composer is to explore a particular piece of music in depth.  

These stories in music offer our children the opportunity to learn about the history of a piece and its composer. Most of them come with a quality recording of the music, so I highly recommend these for ANY time. 

Peter and the Wolf

The Carnival of the Animals

Rhapsody in Blue

VIvaldi's Four Seasons

The Farewell Symphony

The Magic Flute

 


Do YOU have a favorite book about the orchestra, composers, or just music in general?  Please share it in the comments below and we can add to the list! 


(And don't forget to check out the SQUILT Music Appreciation series - a simple open and go curriculum designed for parents with no musical knowledge! )


Best Books for Music Appreciation
Posted on December 29, 2015 and filed under Composer Study, books.

Free Advent SQUILT Lesson

Advent is the perfect time to incorporate beautiful music into your schooling plans. 

Free Advent Listening Lesson from SQUILT

Please enjoy this FREE download. All listening links, notebooking pages, and teacher instructions are included. 

Two versions of this traditional Advent hymn by Charles Welsey are included.  The history of the hymn, as well as particular music elements, are explored. 

The goal of each SQUILT lesson is expose your child to beautiful music, and to train them to listen for the essential elements of music - and then articulate those thoughts. 

If you are familiar with the SQUILT lesson format, then you know exactly what this lesson looks like. If you AREN'T familiar with how a SQUILT lesson works, this is a perfect way to try out a lesson for FREE!  


More holiday music offerings from SQUILT:



Posted on November 28, 2015 .

Incorporating Music into Your Morning Time with SQUILT

Did you know that Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time is the PERFECT thing for morning time?

This year we have started using a morning basket in our homeschool. 

It's a wonderful start to each day - a time where we include something of beauty and allow time for reflection and discussion. 

Incorporating Music into your Morning Time with SQUILT

Shortening SQUILT Lessons for Morning Time

Pam, at Ed Snapshots, is on a mission to guide homeschool families through every aspect of morning time. I am so pleased Pam has been using SQUILT with her family, too! 

In a podcast episode of "Your Morning Basket", Pam and I talk about how to use SQUILT during morning time, and in the months since we first recorded that podcast, I've come up with a very simple way to use SQUILT during morning time. 

A typical SQUILT lesson usually lasts 30 minutes, but you can shorten lessons for morning time. Children of ALL ages - preschool through high school - can benefit from SQUILT!

Using SQUILT in your Homeschool Morning Time

 

Morning Time SQUILT Suggestions:

1.  Present the piece of music -->> simply read the background info I already give you in the SQUILT lesson.

Using SQUILT in Your Morning Time

2. Listen to the piece one time quietly -- SUPER QUIET UNINTERRUPTED LISTENING TIME 

3. Listen again, this time fill in the basic SQUILT sheet together, or have your younger students draw what they hear on their own sheet. 

I give you EVERY single thing you need to know about filling in the SQUILT sheet, so don't let this intimidate you in the slightest! 

Don't get bogged down with too many details here, either.  The goal is to have your children critically listen for Dynamics, Rhythm and Tempo, Instrumentation, and Mood and to ARTICULATE what they hear - either orally, in writing, or a drawing. 

Using SQUILT in your Homeschool Morning Time

That's it!  Simple and easy. 

In future morning time lessons if you'd like to expand on that same piece of music, you can use the Supplemental Activities that go along with each SQUILT lesson. 

You can do one SQUILT lesson each week with your children, or more if you want.  That's up to you. 

In our homeschool we usually do SQUILT one day, art another day, poetry another day.... we have a rotating schedule of fine arts activities during our morning time. 


Click here to listen to the full podcast episode I did on Your Morning Basket With Pam!   And, don't forget to check out her wonderful book, Your Morning Basket.  It's full of great ideas for Morning Time. 

And, of course, don't forget to view the SQUILT products - each and every one of them can be used in your homeschool morning time!

 

 

Questions?  Comments?  I'd love to know if you use Morning Time in your Homeschool!


Posted on November 10, 2015 .

Using SQUILT With Classical Conversations

 

The beauty of the SQUILT Music Appreciation curriculum is that it can go so well with ANY homeschool curriculum.

 

Classical, Charlotte Mason, Interest Led, even Unschooling - no matter your style or curriculum, SQUILT is versatile and designed for multiple ages and learning styles. 

Regardless of what core curriculum you choose for your children, music should ALWAYS be included. To deny children a music education is to deny them of so much beauty and goodness in our world. 

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Let's take a close look at using SQUILT with Classical Conversations.

(And I'll tell you a secret... I'm a CC mom! I wrote this curriculum before we entered CC and realized when we got there how nicely they fit together!)

Through exposing children to the grammar of music and key composers from each of the musical eras, SQUILT can give children in Classical Conversations a deeper understanding of the orchestra and highlighted composers in the Foundations Guide for each cycle. 

*Special thanks to Betsy, from Family Style Schooling for these images and input. I am greatly appreciative to Betsy! 


Classical Conversations Cycle 1 resources - SQUILT Music Appreciation

Volumes 1 & 2 of SQUILT (Baroque and Classical Eras) most closely align with Cycle 1. 

10 pieces studied in Volume 1: Baroque Era (1600-1750)

  • Cannon in D by Pachebel
  • Chaconne for Organ in g minor by Couperin
  • The Prince of Denmark’s March by Clarke
  • Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Gloria in excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi
  • Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by JS Bach
  • Toccata & Fugue in D Minor by JS Bach
  • Air on the G String by JS Bach
  • Hornpipe by Handel
  • Hallelujah Chorus by Handel

During Cycle 1, the two pieces from the Baroque Era suggested in the Foundations Guide are:

  • Water Music by Handel
  • The Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude and Fugue in C Major by JS Bach

Notice, the EXACT same pieces aren't studied, but through learning extensively about Handel and Bach (and other Baroque Era composers), children will be able to articulate their thoughts about ANY piece of Baroque music. 

Children will also learn about RHYTHM, TEMPO, DYNAMICS, INSTRUMENTATION, and MOOD. This is the language of music... the grammar of music, if you will. 


10 pieces studied in SQUILT Volume 2: Classical Era (1750-1820)

  • Surprise Symphony/Haydn
  • Minuet/Boccherini
  • Piano Sonatina/Clementi
  • The Magic Flute/Mozart
  • Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle/Mozart
  • Flute & Harp Concerto/Mozart
  • Symphony No. 5/Beethoven 
  • Fur Elise/Beethoven
  • Emperor Piano Concerto/Beethoven
  • Symphony No. 4/Schubert

During Cycle 1, there is one piece in the Foundations Guide from the Classical Era:

  • Piano Concerto no. 22 in E-Flat, Third Movement by Mozart

Again, no direct overlap in pieces, but an overlap in composers and an overlap in the grammar of music. 



SQUILT Music Appreciation and Classical Conversations

Cycle 2 in CC involves music from the Classical and Romantic Eras. 

  • Symphony No. 5/Beethoven - this exact piece is found in Volume 2: Classical Era
  • Symphony No. 4, Third Movement by Brahms - this exact piece is found in Volume 2: Romantic Era

Pieces studied in Volume 3: Romantic Era (1850-1900):

  • Impromptu in G Flat by Schubert
  • Dies Irae by Berlioz
  • Minute Waltz by Chopin
  • Libestraum No. 3 by Liszt
  • Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner
  • “La Donna e Mobile” from Rigoletto by Verdi
  • Symphony No. 4, Third Movement by Brahms
  • “November” from Seasons by Tchaikovsky
  • “Love Theme” from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky
  • Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss

In Cycle 2 we get a DIRECT overlap of pieces studied, with so much more to hone your children's music appreciation skills. 


Using SQUILT Music Appreciation with Classical Conversations

In CC Cycle 3, the music studied is transitioning from the Romantic to Modern Eras. 

Pieces studied in Volume 4: Modern Era (1900-present)

  • The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
  • Bolero by Maurice Ravel
  • Evening in the Village by Bela Bartok
  • Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky
  • I Got Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin
  • Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
  • Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
  • Mambo from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
  • Superman March by John Williams
  • Overture from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Pieces studied in CC Cycle 3:

  • Symphony no. 6, Fourth Movement (Symphony Pathetique) by Tchaikovsky
  • La Mer (The Sea) by Debussy – the only composer that does not overlap in the SQUILT curriculum
  • Rite of Spring by Stravinsky

SQUILT is a wonderful supplement to any cycle of Classical Conversations.  Try a volume today and start learning the grammar of music with your children!  


Posted on August 23, 2015 and filed under Homeschool Curriculum.

5 Composers Children Will Enjoy

Now that I've given you a list of 5 pieces of music children should know, let's talk about composers your children will enjoy.

These are composers who either wrote a lot of music for children, or whose music just APPEALS to children (or the child in all of us). 

As with ALL of music, this list is subjective, based on my years of teaching elementary school music and the extensive research I have conducted for the SQUILT curriculum

It is also important to note that children should not be "talked down to" when we teach them about beautiful music.  Consider this (taken from a 2011 article entitled, "How Do you Introduce Classical Music To Kids?":

“How do you introduce classical music to kids? “Talking down to kids about music never works, just as it doesn’t work in any other subject matter. Children can smell disingenuousness at a thousand paces. Moreover, there’s no reason to gate kids only to “music for children.” Yes, Peter and the Wolf is wonderful, but it’s not the endpoint of the journey.”

These composers, therefore, are ones whose music appeals to children, but in no way is confined to childhood. 

5 Composers Children Will Enjoy

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Composing during the Classical Era (1750-1820), Mozart wrote many pieces that now appeal to children.  Many of Mozart's compositions are extremely familiar to children - but they probably never knew they were written by Mozart!

 

  • Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star (yes, Mozart originally wrote this catchy little tune we all know so well).  Ask your children if they can hear the "Twinkle Twinkle" melody in each of the 12 variations (or changes) in this video: 

There are many other pieces by Mozart that will appeal to your children.  I'll give you just a few more, with links to recordings.  


Johannes Brahms

The music of Brahms is  warm, rich, and comforting.  Composing in the Romantic Era (1820-1900), Brahms gave us beautiful melodies and lavish instrumentation. 

Most everyone is familiar with Brahms' Lullaby, so this is a great entry point to learn about his music with children.

 


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Born in 1840 and died in 1893, Tchikovsky lived an all too short and often tragic life. His music, however, exudes a fiery passion that children enjoy. 

One of my personal favorites in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1... you can point out to your children that a CONCERTO is a musical composition for a solo instrument or instruments accompanied by an orchestra, especially one conceived on a relatively large scale.  

Here is a short excerpt for your children:

Other music your children might enjoy by Tchaikovsky:


Camille Saint-Saens

Perhaps some of the most accessible music for children was composed by Camille Saint-Saens. 

Saint-Saens, a French composer of the Romantic Era, requested that one of his most popular works, The Carnival of the Animals, be published posthumously. Its first performance was given in 1922 in Paris. 

Children will LOVE Bugs and Daffy's Carnival of the Animals:



John Williams

John Williams' music is so enjoyable because it is so FAMILIAR.  Who doesn't know the theme to ET or Star Wars?  Born in 1932, the musical genius John Williams is still with us today!  

Williams' music is often a great entrance point for children... a favorite is the March from Superman:

 

Other pieces from John Williams include:


Each of these composers is covered the musical eras volumes of SQUILT

If you'd like your children to gain a deeper understanding of, and appreciation for beautiful music, give the SQUILT curriculum a try! 



Do YOU have a favorite composer?

Posted on August 15, 2015 .

5 Pieces of Music Children Should Know

There are certain pieces of music every child should KNOW.

As a child I recall our family's well loved recording of Copland's Appalachian Spring. This piece left a lasting impression; I believe it was Copland's mastery of painting a musical picture that gave this piece a place in my heart from a young age. 

The first time I heard The 1812 Overture was another musical milestone.

Saint-Saen's Organ Symphony is another piece locked in my memory. I vividly remember picturing myself in France as I listened to the lush music. 

When we teach our children about beautiful music we give them MEMORIES. We give them the chance to SLOW DOWN and APPRECIATE. We give them a GIFT they will carry the rest of their lives. 

5 Pieces of Music Children Should Know

The following 5 pieces are a great place to start. 

What if you committed to just play these pieces for your children over the next month or two? (Play them during a meal, in the car, or at bed or rest time.)

What if your children knew them like the back of their hand? 

Better still - what if they grew up to love them?

 

1. Canon in D by Pachelbel

Written in 1680, this piece has become one of the most famous of all time. 

Anchored by a repeated pattern in the bass, the piece is a bit mesmerizing. 

Ask your children if they can hear them repeated pattern in the bass, or if they can hear members of the string family throughout. 

Want to know a little more about Canon in D? Classic fM has a wonderful article for you. 

( You can also learn about this piece and other Baroque Era music in SQUILT Volume 1 )


2. Fur Elise by Beethoven

The life of Beethoven is SO interesting, and so is the story behind this lovely little work for piano. 

Fur Elise is very appealing to children because it is a simple melody that sticks with them - one they will be humming after you've played it for them just a few times. 

( This piece is also featured in SQUILT Volume 2: Classical Era. )


3. Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner

As your children listen to this piece of music, ask them to draw a picture of what they hear. 

This piece lends itself to such imagination and extremes of emotion.  Ask your children to write down ADJECTIVES that describe the music.

It was originally part of a larger opera, but is famous now as a stand alone piece of music, popular with audiences the world over. 

( I tackle this piece in SQUILT Volume 3: Romantic Era )

 


4. Sabre Dance by Khachaturian

Be prepared for some movement as your children listen to this piece!  

They may even say they've heard this as the backdrop to cartoons they have seen. 

Ask them if they notice the large Kettle Drums (Timpani) during the piece.

This music just makes people SMILE.

( Sabre Dance is explored in detail in SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era. )

 


5. Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland

Copland, a composer who truly developed the "American" sound in orchestral music, wrote this piece in 1942. It was commissioned to foster patriotic spirit during World War II. 

Young children might enjoy drawing a patriotic scene while listening to this music. Ask them if they hear TRUMPETS in this piece. 

( In SQUILT Volume 4 children learn about this piece - what a fanfare is - and the instrumentation of this piece. )

 

 

Do YOU have a favorite piece of music?  

Posted on August 2, 2015 .