Art: Studying the Masters

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Pieter Bruegel’s painting The Land of Cockaigne depicts a legendary place, where food and drink could be found in abundance. As we read about an artist, I like to have the children work on a project which helps them gain some insight into his work. Often they do a work of art using the style [...]

Composer Study

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  A friend recently sent me a link to Classics for Kids, a site which produces free radio programs and podcasts about composers and classical music. This is an awesome site! We had the opportunity to see the childrens opera Mozart and the Magic Flute last night. Before we left, I went to the Classics [...]

Whatever is Lovely: Music appreciation

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  Recently I attended a concert and heard an incredibly gifted singer. I left the concert feeling inspired. I could never sing like she does. But it was an amazing experience to listen to someone who was both extremely talented and committed to working hard to develop her talent to the utmost of her ability. [...]

Music Theory Games

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  Music Mind Games by Michiko Yurko is the most enjoyable and profitable thing we have used in studying music theory. The first time I used this book was with a classroom of three year olds. I was able to teach them many basics of music theory through engaging games. We all had fun and [...]