What’s a well-rounded homeschool program without a music elective?
There are two major types of music courses. The choice is based on what your student wants to do with music after high school graduation.
Music History & Appreciation Courses
- Anyone can take music appreciation or music history courses to satisfy the requirement to take a music course.
- Most non-music majors take this type of music course for their necessary music credits.
- 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 & Instrument Lessons
- 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
Alfred’s Great Music and Musicians Book with CD
In Alfred’s Great Music and Musicians, your students will study the history of music from the Greco-Roman era to the present.
- Listening examples on the CD will help your student understand the music of each of the time periods studied. In additions, the illustrations are based on art from each era.
- Instructions for listening to music and an overview of the musical instruments and the orchestra will prepare the student for the course.
- Presenting a music history overview, the Great Music and Musicians course studies these eight time periods through the musical styles and composers of each one.
- The Greco-Roman Era
- The Middle Ages
- The Renaissance
- The Baroque Period
- The Classical Period
- The Romantic Period
- The Turn of the 20th Century
- 1945 to the Present
- An answer key is found in the back of the book.
- In each unit there is an overview and historical background, a look at important musical developments, art that shows life in the era, a short summary, listening suggestions, and review activity such as a crossword or fill-in-the-blank.
- Download a sample from the book on the publisher’s website
Grade Level: Upper elementary
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.”
The Story of the Orchestra
The Story of the Orchestra
Listen while you learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music.
The Story of the Orchestra is divided into three sections. The first section introduces each instrument in an orchestra. Stories of famous composers are found in the second section. The last section explains the different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.
With over 100 original drawings and photographs and a 70-minute audio CD, your children will enjoy learning about the orchestra.
Hardcover with CD