It's going to be a busy week here. I'm gearing up for long days with a lot of learning and fun.
This week is a gift of music to my children.
As I plan for this week, it makes me think about how I can incorporate more music in our homeschool, and help other homeschoolers incorporate music as well.
Each summer we participate in a week long music and arts camp. It is held at a large church in downtown Atlanta. This church is special to me because my husband and I were married there (15 years ago this week, in fact).
The organist at this church is FABULOUS. She learned and played the Widor Toccata for my wedding, which is my all time favorite piece of music! In fact, I love it so much I want you to hear it... have your kids watch and listen, too - noticing the intricacy of this piece - the number of manuals played, and the sheer difficulty of this masterpiece!
This year I am teaching an Orff class. Do you know what Orff is? If you don't, you can read a little about Carl Orff and his method of teaching and instruments involved. It's a wonderful way to learn more about rhythm, singing, playing instruments, and improvisation.
The children will also receive instruction in singing, dance, art, and handbells. A special performer will come each day. Another day we will share musical gifts with residents of a senior center. The last day of camp features a concert showcasing the music we have prepared. Better yet - the theme this year is Christmas In July!
Having an intense week of music always inspires me to plan more music for our homeschool.
What are your plans for music this year?
Right now, I know for sure we will be doing the following for music:
- Maestro Classics
- Music for Little Learners (with my youngest)
- Young Scholar's Guide to Composers by Bright Ideas Press
- Reading living books about musicians and composers
- Private Piano lessons (for my oldest)
- Spivey Hall Young Artists' Choir (again, for my oldest)
I'd like to think this blog can serve as a resource for your children's music education. Have you read my 10 Days of Teaching Music series? There's a lot of information you can use in the series for planning your musical activities this year.
Have you seen my music printables? I'll be working to add more this year.
If you have any questions about teaching music in your homeschool, please don't hesistate to leave me a comment and ask! In August I will have a very special post for you that will serve as your one stop resource guide to music education.
I feel strongly about music in our children's lives and want to help you incorporate more in your homeschool!