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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...