As Charlotte Mason advises, we study a Famous Musician for several weeks.
I usually read them a short biography and they write their biography narrations on our Famous Musicians Biography notebook pages.
We’ll paste the picture of our famous musician on our Famous Musician Wall Chart.
Then we jot in his name on our timeline.
We listen to the composers’ most famous or important pieces several times during the following weeks.
Mostly we just listen while we do our art. Sometimes we discuss the mood, tempo or instruments of the piece.
I aim to create an awareness and a love and appreciation for classical music.
My children love the Classical Kids CDs. These narrative stories weave sample pieces of the musician’s music pieces throughout the story.
For Beethoven, I introduced our Music Appreciation Log Sheet.
I first saw this idea at Harmony Art Mom and thought it would be a really good addition to our music study.
Just a quick personal note ~
I take things really slowly and build up our written and formal study as my children gain confidence. I did too much, too quickly with my eldest daughter in my early (and over-zealous) days of homeschooling and she “burnt out”. I want my children to enjoy music and not dread our appreciation times. 🙂
Our first attempt was really interesting and successful. They jotted some basic biographical details in the top information box after a quick biography review, then we looked up the music piece’s information off our cd cover, and we listened quietly.
I provided some writing prompts ~
Discuss what …
- musical instruments you hear (not too technical)
- images or colours or patterns you see
- you feel when you listen to this piece
- movie does this bring to mind (so many movies use classical pieces in their sound tracks!)
- Young Children ~
- is it loud or soft?
- is it fast or slow?
- what animal movement does this sound like?
- For older listeners ~
- Draw patterns of the piece on a large paper
- If you were a movie director what scene would play during this piece?
- What story title and opening paragraph would suit this piece?
- Describe this music in a nature scene
And there is a box for drawing images that come to mind as they listen to the piece.
My kids immediately got involved. They jotted down thoughts and ideas and then sketched and coloured. As they worked, the piece played several times over.
Beethoven’s ” Piano Sonata No.14 “Moonlight” ” has a place in our hearts and minds.
I think we will enjoy this new addition to our music appreciation times.
Have you tried this?
Click here for your free download ~ Music Appreciation Log Sheet