I’ll just be honest and tell you that music is pretty important to me. I’m pretty sure I learned to sing before I learned to talk, I’ve danced as long as I can remember, and there is always a song in my head. If I could make life into a musical, I definitely would! When it comes to teaching music, however, I’m a bit lost. I want my kids to grow to love music like I did, and in order to do that I needed a fantastic elementary homeschool music curriculum!
Elementary Homeschool Music Curriculum
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Why Focus on Music Appreciation?
I wanted an elementary homeschool music curriculum that would focus on music appreciation so that my kids would develop a positive relationship with classical music from a young age, and I got that with Zeezok’s Music Appreciation For the Elementary Grades! I remember when I was in school I had one teacher who would punish us with “quiet listening time” to classical music. Even though the music was lovely, framing it as a punishment left a lasting mark for me! I want my boys to recognize different composers and appreciate the beautiful music that they create.
Why Fit Music Curriculum into My Homeschool?
If you’re anything like me, if there’s no curriculum, it can be put off until tomorrow. I thrive with a good checklist, and so does Mr. C. If I didn’t have this elementary homeschool music curriculum I know that studying composers and learning about classical music would be on my endless list of things I want to teach my kids “someday”. Having this curriculum, all of the lessons are laid out for me and I can easily implement them into our busy day!
The curriculum makes it perfectly clear what should be done during each week, and you have the option of doing a little every day, or spending a few days digging deep into music appreciation. I also loved the brightly colored pictures that help little ones understand what they should be doing, even when they don’t have the reading skills to read the list themselves.
What Did We Think?
We loved it! My boys absolutely loved the composer biographies, and listening to the classical music became a favorite part of our day. The biographies are accurate, but they don’t sound like a boring old text book. They are written in story-format, so your kids feel like they know the composers! Mr. C was able to read them somewhat independently, which helped this busy mama out even more. I also love that the activity book includes comprehension questions, since we’re working on that a lot with Mr. C. A-Man liked listening to the stories and looking through the composer biography books. Even Baby M loved looking through the books and humming along to the music!
So What’s in the Elementary Homeschool Music Curriculum?
I’m glad you asked! The Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades curriculum from Zeezok Publishing comes with:BachHandel, Haydn, Mozart Paganini and Schubert
- An interactive and fun full-colored book with activity pages and ideas for each weekly unit
- Seven composer biographies including Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Paganini, and Schubert
- Five music discs that include pieces from the different composers as well as thirty-five additional recordings
- Lapbook projects to help kids show what they’ve learned and provide hands-on learning for kinesthetic learners.
The lessons are split up into manageable weekly chunks with grade level suggestions, so you can use this one curriculum for all of your kids together. I also love how it mixes other subjects into music appreciation like history, reading comprehension, geography, and even copywork! I also love that the book includes plenty of activities outside of book-work for my active boys. One example is this German Rye Bread recipe. It’s something fun to do as a family while continuing the learning and making it part of our life, rather than leaving the learning time for school.
How Do You Get It?
Simple! You can purchase the entire Music Appreciation Curriculum Set here. (HINT: Use the coupon code ihomeschool16 to get 10% off only until March 25th!) You can also enter the giveaway to win a full set below!