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  • 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...
  • Printable Music Word Cards

    Music appreciation has its own specific "grammar" - or language. As children learn to listen to music it is necessary for them to know the words to express what they are hearing.  Rather than saying something is loud or soft, we can talk about the dynamics. Instead of using the words fast and slow we can use different Italian words for the tempo...
  • 5 Pieces Children Should Know From the Classical Era

    The Classical Era of music (1750-1820) contains pieces by the musical giants Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  The music of this time period reflects a sense of order and precision in the world at that time. Reason and logic began to shape thinking. It was The Age of Enlightenment. Specific forms of music became prevalent; the concerto, symphony, a...
  • Learn About Beethoven

    “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven The music of Beethoven has spoken to listeners for nearly 250 years. His symphonies, sonatas, concertos, chamber music, and MORE have gained him the reputation as one of the most important composers in history - if not THE most important composer in history. Giving our chi...
  • 3 Ways to Build the Habit of Attention Through Music Appreciation

    In an increasingly fast-paced age, our children are left with precious few opportunities to slow down. They are left with little time to be STILL, silent, and contemplative.  The education pioneer, Charlotte Mason, so aptly stated this concern: It is impossible to overstate the importance of this habit of attention. It is, to quote words...
  • Learn About Charles Ives: What Charlie Heard

    Let's add to our growing list of music and book pairings! Our subject is Charles Ives, the American composer who changed the landscape of music in the Modern Era.  Through the book, What Charlie Heard, (along with another picture book about Ives), and the music lesson presented in this post, your children can learn about this musical pioneer ...