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  • Best Books for Music Appreciation

    The gift of music appreciation lasts a lifetime.  Through the SQUILT curriculum, learning HOW to appreciate beautiful music is simple and FUN!   Once our children begin to learn about great music, it naturally leads to a curiosity about the composers of that music, and to a curiosity about instruments, the orchestra, and much more.  Following...
  • Free Advent SQUILT Lesson

    Advent is the perfect time to incorporate beautiful music into your schooling plans.   Please enjoy this FREE download. All listening links, notebooking pages, and teacher instructions are included.  Two versions of this traditional Advent hymn by Charles Welsey are included.  The history of the hymn, as well as particular music elements, are...
  • Incorporating Music Into Your Morning Time With SQUILT

    Did you know that Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time is the PERFECT thing for morning time? This year we have started using a morning basket in our homeschool.  It's a wonderful start to each day - a time where we include something of beauty and allow time for reflection and discussion.    Shortening SQUILT Lessons fo...
  • Using SQUILT With Classical Conversations

    The beauty of the SQUILT Music Appreciation curriculum is that it can go so well with ANY homeschool curriculum.   Classical, Charlotte Mason, Interest Led, even Unschooling - no matter your style or curriculum, SQUILT is versatile and designed for multiple ages and learning styles.  Regardless of what core curriculum you choose for your ch...
  • 5 Composers Children Will Enjoy

    Now that I've given you a list of 5 pieces of music children should know, let's talk about composers your children will enjoy. These are composers who either wrote a lot of music for children, or whose music just APPEALS to children (or the child in all of us).  As with ALL of music, this list is subjective, based on my years of teaching el...
  • 5 Pieces of Music Children Should Know

    There are certain pieces of music every child should KNOW. As a child I recall our family's well loved recording of Copland's Appalachian Spring. This piece left a lasting impression; I believe it was Copland's mastery of painting a musical picture that gave this piece a place in my heart from a young age.  The first time I heard The 1812 Ove...