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  • The Music of Africa: Using the SQUILT LIVE! Archives

    One of my favorite things about homeschooling is watching my kids learn to make connections between subjects. We love unit studies and weaving subjects together to create layered learning and understanding. I turn to the SQUILT LIVE! archives to help incorporate music into our specific studies. But here’s the secret: the real power of SQUILT...
  • Teach Kids About World Music

    Learning about music from around the world is quite honestly fascinating for children (and adults!) Whether it is through folk songs, native instruments, or the "classical" music of a country, music is directly linked to a country's formation, history, and identity. As we travel the globe in our musical studies, we will spend time in diffe...
  • How to Listen To (and Learn About) Any Piece of Music

    The gift of music is so simple to give to our children. Let's help you give that gift of music in three simple steps - and you can start TODAY. Listening to music is one of the most natural, enjoyable activities for all of us, and to fine tune this skill takes a minimum of knowledge and a little bit of guidance. Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listeni...
  • 20 Favorite Music Appreciation Lessons

    The best thing about music appreciation is that there is a LIMITLESS supply of material to choose from! Once we begin exposing our children to beautiful music, it is just the tip of an iceberg - the beginning of a gift that will last an entire lifetime. Now that I have been specializing in solely music appreciation for over 5 years (with 30 year...
  • Classical Music for Cleaning Up

    Do you turn on motivating music while cleaning the house? (I certainly do, and I'm willing to be most of you do as well.) I'd like to suggest you do that for your children - but make the music classical.  The benefits of this are two-fold: Cleaning up is accomplished. Classical music is secretly inserted into your children's memories (you can e...
  • The Importance of Music Education in Your Child's Life

     “Music — what a powerful instrument, what a mighty weapon!”  ~ Marie Augusta von Trapp If you are familiar with The Sound of Music, the von Trapp family had a strong culture of music. Their family bond was strengthened by music, and ultimately music saved their lives.  When my daughter was just two years old I took her to a performance of the ...