Summer is the perfect time to give your children something different - something you might not have included during the regular school year.
The summer months are also the time when we celebrate our patriotic holidays - Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.
A knowledge of American music is essential - the music of American composers reflects our history, values, emotions, and attitudes. Music allows us to celebrate, reflect, and truly see into the spirit of people.
Join us this summer as we explore American music - best of all, parents/teachers don't have to do a thing. Let ME teach your children in live music appreciation sessions each month!
Music Appreciation to Celebrate America
Several broad categories of American music are included - March, Folk, Broadway, and Symphonic. (We have already studied Ragtime and Scott Joplin in our SQUILT LIVE! lessons this past year.. download a video sample of that lesson for FREE! )
(In our LIVE! lessons we will celebrate the life of Leonard Bernstein. His 100th birthday would have been in August. The impact he had on American music is tremendous.)
Play these pieces for your children. Do a little research about each one. Learn about the composers. Draw pictures. Encourage your little ones to respond with movement.
A list of books to go along with this theme is also provided at the end of the post.
Six pieces are given here. If your children want more, simply look for other pieces by the same composer. You can always fall down a music rabbit hole quite easily!
In our monthly SQUILT LIVE! lessons we will be exploring these pieces in greater depth, and learning more American music through our monthly listening calendars. PLUS, when you join SQUILT LIVE! you immediately receive access to over 200 hours of archived lessons and teaching materials.
Join before June 1 and take advantage of our low introductory rates!
The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson
Variations on America by Charles Ives
Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa
Oh, Susanna! (arranged for orchestra) by Stephen Foster
Overture to Candide by Leonard Bernstein
Mambo from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
Books to Enhance the Music
Enjoy a summer of music appreciation with your children!
I'd love for your children to join us in SQUILT LIVE! this summer -- parents love the flexibility, convenience, and ease of use for MULTIPLE ages!