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Interest Led Music Study ~ Notebooking Download


Wow.... five days of the 10 Days of Teaching Music have passed.     Have you enjoyed  the other 10 Days posts by my fellow bloggers in the iHomeschool Network?  I have been overwhelmed with the amount of ideas and creativity circulating in the blogosphere this past week!   

I have to admit... I think today's topic is probably my favorite, just because we've all been enjoying it so much these past few weeks.   

Interest Led Learning is an integral part of our homeschool!  My children's interests can also lead me to music study as well.   

Currently, there is a Star Wars obsession in my house. 

{There is also a LEGO obsession, which is being fueled by The 10 Days of Teaching With Legos! }  

My son is CONSTANTLY humming the music.   I have heard from other moms of boys this age that they do the exact same thing.  

Why not put this obsession to good use?

And guess what?  My ten year old (who is obsessed with Harry Potter) loves this study, too!    Our whole family loves John Williams.  He is perhaps the most prolific composer of our generation.  

We have been learning about John Williams, the composer of the Star Wars film score.  He is also the composer of MANY other film scores (such as E.T., Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark... the list goes on an on!). 

The piece I chose for us to analyze was The Imperial March, from Star Wars.  This interview with John Williams about the music is very interesting.  

Why not create a John Williams Pandora Station?

How about search for John Williams on YouTube?

If you use Spotify, all of his music is at your fingertips!

Start doing some research online about John Williams.  

 { Get your children involved and have them do some composer notebooking. You will enjoy this post from AKA Homeschooling Mom all about John Williams. } 

What about using John Williams music for SQUILT notebooking, too?   

I've created some John Williams notebooking pages for you to download.    

 { Download this John Williams Notebooking page here.  }

 { This download is 2 pages.... grab it here.  }

Nothing warms my heart more than my little guy humming Star Wars and using his light saber as a conducting baton to conduct the orchestra "like John Williams does"!  

Does your child have a passion that you could incorporate with music?  I'd love to know! 

I hope you visit tomorrow ~ there is going to be a giveaway of a music education resource you won't want to miss!

Day 2: A Simple Way to Incorporate Music - SQUILT Notebooking Download  
Day 4:  Learning to Hear in a Noisy World - Exploring America's Musical Heritage DVD set giveaway
Day 5:  What About Piano Lessons?

The 10 Days Series is organized by iHomeschool Network, a collaboration of outstanding homeschool bloggers who connect with each other and with family-friendly companies in mutually beneficial projects. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. And of course,  visit all the 10 Days posts from these homeschool moms of the iHomeschool Network. You'll be blessed with tips on how to handle bad days, cultivating curiosity, teaching with Legos, and much much more!

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Reader Comments (13)

Oh yes. The Star Wars music is VERY popular at our house, too! Someone (even me sometimes) is constantly humming it!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I love anything from John Williams. I played french horn in high school and all of his music has wonderful parts for horns :)

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda @ The Pelsers

oh my! this is SO perfect for us!! when we got our keyboard, piper instantly played the star wars theme on it...she just figured it out on her own! i think my girls would love this composer study!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

Nice Mary! You know that the Imperial March is my ringtone for Jeremy! Ha! I always say, "Excuse me, Darth Vader is calling. . . "
Keep up the good work!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

My boys obsession is John Deere. And guess what...there ARE songs about it! LOL! We have three "All About John Deere" movies and there is music on each one about tractors. Oh the songs we sing. LOL!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa M. (aka Lisabee)

I love this idea! What a fun way to incorporate music!! Who doesn't love the Star Wars song?! Thank you so much!

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHope

I know Charlotte Mason would love how you capitalized on your child's passions to teach him great music. Thanks for the free printables, too!

April 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJimmie

We just started doing school with John Williams music and my kids love it. They don't even realize we are learning musical concepts!

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMLivingston

We just started doing school with John Williams music and my kids love it. They don't even realize we are learning musical concepts!

May 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMLivingston

Wow, you are describing my life right now! I sadly admit, I never thought of using this obsessive humming (not only from our 5 year old) of the Start Wars theme song, but also the adults in the family as an opportunity to study the music! Wow. So cool! Thanks for all the ideas and links! :)

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January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDarci the STEM Mom

THANK YOU!!! We have a tiny coop that we're just starting to get off the ground. We're going to do a artist/composer day once a month. I decided to start with John Williams because of our particular kids interest. This post set me up beautifully. Thanks for doing the work and sharing it!

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

I love it! We have the same obsession in our house so this is perfect! Is the 10 days of music study here on your blog or on pininterest? God has given you such inspirations!

January 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDoretta

I almost missed this but thankfully someone recently pinned it and it caught my eye. My son is fanatical about Star Wars & Legos too. He is learning to play several Star Wars songs on the piano and it is such a delight to listen to him play. I've printed the notebooking page .. thank you so much! :)

July 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva Varga

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