Music Appreciation for Summer
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.
SQUILT LIVE! Plus members have access to An Exploration of American Music, a past summer of all patriotic lessons!
Best of all, parents/teachers don't have to do a thing. Simply press play and all of the work is done by ME!
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 in past years.)
(In our LIVE! lessons celebrated the life of Leonard Bernstein. His 100th birthday was in 2018! 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 explored these pieces in greater depth, and learned more American music through our monthly listening calendars.
PLUS, when you join SQUILT LIVE! Plus you also receive access to over 100 other recorded lessons!
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
What Charlie HeardJohn Philip DuckMy Country, 'Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil RightsMusic Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein (Junior Library Guild Selection)88 InstrumentsM is for Melody: A Music Alphabet (Art and Culture)
Enjoy a summer of music appreciation with your children!
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