What’s a well-rounded homeschool program without a music elective?
Base your choice on what your student wants to do with music after high school graduation.
- Anyone can take music appreciation or music history courses to satisfy the requirement to take a music course.
- Most non-music majors take a music appreciation course for required fine arts credit.
- Some courses have samples of different composer’s music, stories of the life of the composer, and pages to color while you listen.
- Some of our favorites for teaching music history and appreciation at home are:
- Music theory curriculum is an essential course for students who plan to sing or play an instrument.
- There are also technical music courses where one learns to sing or to play an instrument. Take private music lessons; sing in church choirs; or participate in a school band or orchestra if your local school district allows.
Books about Music and Composers
The Gift of Music
In the Gift of Music, learn about the great classical music composers and their influence. Each interesting story follows the life and contributions of the composer to the world of music. It is followed with Recommended Reading suggestions (to learn more about that composer) and a Recommended Listening list (to encourage you to listen to the works.)
Reading Level is grade 6-12.
Spiritual Lives of Great Composers
“Patrick Kavanaugh uncovers the spirituality of twenty of music’s timeless giants, revealing legacies of the soul as diverse as the masterpieces they created. Warmly written, beautifully illustrated, and complete with listening recommendations for each composer, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers is a fascinating look at the inner flame that lit the works of these masters.”
“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is perhaps the most important and most recognized composer of all time. Playing the keyboard when he was just three years old and composing at age four, Mozart spent much of his youth touring European courts with his family. although he died at the age of thirty-five, he created a huge volume of musical works. among them are the famed operas The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni.”