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.    

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

 { Download this John Williams Notebooking page 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! 

*For more SUPER EASY Music Appreciation lessons, visit  SQUILT Music Appreciation, home of my curriculum, SQUILT! 


Day 2: 

A Simple Way to Incorporate Music 

- SQUILT Notebooking Download  

Day 3:  

Five Resources for Incorporating Orchestral Music in Your Homeschool

Day 4:  

Learning to Hear in a Noisy World

 - Exploring America's Musical Heritage DVD set giveaway

Day 5:  

What About Piano Lessons?

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