We’ve been talking about using music in your homeschool over the past few months. A great way to incorporate music into your homeschool is combining it with a unit study or a book. By doing so it will just flow naturally and effortlessly – even for the non-musical parent.
We are very musical family and so listening to music, playing musical instruments and weaving it into our homeschool day may come a little easier for us than most. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it too! I’ve gathered some fun music studies that you can use this month as you learn. February is Library Lovers Month and so combining some music studies with fun-to-read books is the perfect combination! I know this is a tad early to be talking about February, but there are quite a few resources here that you may want to weed through as well as gather books and CDs for your studies.
Living Montessori Now has some great book inspired music studies with activities that make it easy to prepare and add into your school day.
Another great way to incorporate some music into your homeschool days this month is for Valentine’s Day. There are so many songs out there about love that it should be easy to find some that your kids will enjoy. If you’re looking to make a fun unit around the “love” theme, check out this Valentine’s Day Lessons: A Lovely Afternoon of Art and Music from Homegrown Learners.
Some composers you might want to study are:
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy – most known for A Midsummer’s Night Dream and the Wedding March
George Frediric Handel – most known for The Messiah
John T. Williams – most known for Star Wars episode 1, as well as many other movie soundtracks
You could also do some fun song studies with movement and actions relating to the holidays in Febraury.
Just for You: Valentine’s Day Song (piano solo and sheet music)
Music can stir up many emotions, which is part of the fun. Does it make them feel happy, sad, excited or peaceful? Encourage your children to explore those emotions as they listen to the music. Have them get up and act out what they hear in the music or just move how they want. With cold weather looming across the country, this is a perfect time to incorporate some movement into your studies!
How do you like to add music into your homeschool days?