Free Valentine Lessons: A Lovely Afternoon of Art & Music


Romantic Music - what image does that conjure in your mind? Love stories, drama, "KISSING" (in the words of my nine year old son!), strong emotions? 

From 1830-1900, music became increasingly expressive and inventive, departing from the much more rigid forms of the preceding Classical era. Famous composers of this era include Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Brahms, and Verdi. 

To celebrate Valentine's Day, I've put together a free Romantic SQUILT lesson - based on the Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky.  In this lesson your children will learn about Tchaikovsky, the history and details of the Love Theme and the story of Romeo and Juliet, as well as  fun examples of this theme in modern cartoons and music.

As with so many of my SQUILT lessons, this music was introduced to me when I was very young. I vividly remember my dad playing this record over and over again. As I was preparing this lesson it hit me what a GIFT beautiful music can be for our children. 

I'm sure you have heard this piece before:


I'm excited to be partnering with my good friend Tricia {Hodgepodge Mom}, who is offering a free Valentine chalk pastel tutorial, too.  


Grab my free music lesson, and Tricia's free art lesson and you will have a lovely afternoon of music and art.

 *You might also want to see the new Pinterest board for Afternoons of Art and Music Appreciation. It is our hope that you will see how EASY it can be to teach music and art to your children! 

That's our Valentine gift to you!

Let's get started...

If you aren't familiar with SQUILT you can visit the website - this brief description is also helpful:

The goal of a SQUILT lesson is to give your child exposure to a piece of beautiful music and to train their ears to listen for the elements of music. It's not so much about filling in the SQUILT notebooking page “correctly” as it is developing attention, discrimination and appreciation (skills that translate into so much more than music appreciation).

SQUILT lessons can include a little or a lot – as the parent you should judge how much your child can handle in one sitting. It is a wonderful day when your child hears a piece of music and starts talking with you about its finer points! 


Download the FREE Valentine SQUILT lesson. 

(There are 11 pages in this download so it will keep your children busy!)


Happy Valentine's Day!