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  • Learn About Aaron Copland

    A pioneer of American Modern-Era music was Aaron Copland. Copland used traditional American themes and stylized them into a unique brand of American "classical" music. A study of Aaron Copland is the perfect introduction to the Modern Era of music. Copland's new and inventive style of music depicts the vast American landscape of the early-mid 1...
  • The Classical Era of Music

    Classical Music (with a capital C) is defined as music composed specifically between the years of 1750-1820. The era falls between the Baroque and Romantic eras and is characterized by elegant, stylized forms. If you hear music spoken about in more general terms - "classical" music can then be any music that is in opposition to pop or folk music...
  • What Makes SQUILT LIVE! Wonderful?

      Do you want to give your children a truly BEAUTIFUL music education, but don't know where to start? The SQUILT LIVE! community is a vibrant group of children and parents who are learning tremendous amounts about composers, music history, music theory, instruments, the grammar of music, and MUCH more. It is a community where children as young a...
  • Classical Music and The Moon

    Fifty years ago man landed on the moon.  As we teach our children about the astronauts who made the historic landing and the science surrounding the Apollo missions, we can also include something many people may overlook - the artists, composers, and other creatives who have been inspired by the moon.  Long before man landed on the moon, c...
  • Favorite Audiobooks to Teach Children About Composers & Culture

    I've written before about the many beautiful picture books for children about composers and music. Having a variety of books in your home builds a sense of curiosity and interest in your children. What happens, however, when our children get older? Finding quality literature (in any subject area) can be a bit of a challenge. You need to look a b...
  • Summer Music Appreciation Lessons

    Many people ask if we have SQUILT LIVE! lessons in the summer. The short answer is YES! Summer is the perfect time to beat the heat with music - enjoy a live afternoon lesson (or catch a recording if you miss it live), pour a glass of lemonade, and dive into beautiful music. Summer is also the perfect time for the homeschooling parent to get a B...