Friday, June 24, 2011

Teaching Music Appreciation for FREE!

If you are not a musician and/or music teacher, teaching music can be very intimidating but it doesn't have to be.  The "How do you teach music and/or art?" is probably the second most common question I receive as a homeschool teacher (The most popular question is the dreaded socialization question but that is another post!). 

I have found many resources for teaching music at our local public library.  Our library has books, music CDs and videos available on a variety of music subjects and the best part is that they are available to check-out for FREE!!  We have learned so much this year and I have spent $0 on music curriculum. 

Here are some of the resources we have used this year.  Even if you do not homeschool, you can use these resources to give your children an appreciation for music.  So far this year we have focused on classical music but starting this summer we will be learning about jazz music also.

The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine (Book & CD)

Can You Hear It? (Book & CD)

The World's Very Best Opera for Kids (in English)

Classics for Kids (website)

I, Vivaldi by Janice Shefelman

Check local colleges & universities for inexpensive or FREE concerts.  We have attended several FREE UMKC (Univ. of MO Kansas City) Conservatory of Music performances.

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