Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

I was given the curriculum materials and compensated for my time in writing this post. The opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Music education is not one of the hallmarks of our homeschool here at Blog, She Wrote. While we meet our state requirements for music in elementary and middle school, our kids are not musicians. My husband sings a sweet tenor in our church choir and our daughter participates with him- a choir full of extraordinary musicians. Our younger boys sing seasonally and Isaac made a dulcimer which is accessible enough for him to play. Given our limited exposure to music education, I was excited to learn more about Zeezok Publishing’s curriculum Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades so that we could approach composers and music appreciation with all of our students.

Elementary Music Appreciation Kit

Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades is a book set with extra items for learning more about each composer and the type of music he created. Each complete set comes with:

  • One student activity book- Full additional stories, information, and activities for each composer
  • 7 Composer Biographies- Stories with young reader friendly text and written music to match the music CDs
  • Music CDs- For each composer’s music to go along with the biographies.
  • Lapbook CD- To print items for the lapbook students can make.

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Benefits of Using Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades

This set of books and music CDs is a thorough look at composers and their music from 1625-1828. Our family enjoyed getting to know the origin of some of the classical music they enjoy. How can this music program enhance your homeschool?

  • Includes a tidy package of living books and the music of each composer
  • Helps supply your Charlotte Mason music appreciation studies
  • Comes in a complete unit study format
  • Engages students in science
  • Pulls in recipes from each time period for your family to try
  • Introduces your children to biographies
  • Provides lapbooking hands on time to use during listening time
  • Covers basic music theory
  • Introduces larger musical terms to children
  • Shares historical timelines of musical composers
  • Makes implementation easy with 4 week outlines for each composer
  • Incorporates subjects outside music
  • Helps kids to learn European geography
  • Includes relevant current  or cultural events which tie in to the composers- can you guess whose music plays on the Voyager probe?
  • Provides elementary music education and appreciation through music history
  • Lets students listen to great compositions by influential composers

We had a great time focusing on the story of the composer while enjoying some activities on the side. Of course, you know we are a science family, so it was fun to try out the science matching the story of the composer.

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Connect with Zeezok Publishing

You can follow along and make connections with Zeezok Publishing through social media:

Another way to connect with Zeezok Publishing is at a homeschool convention this season. Conventions are a great place to view curriculum in person before you buy it. They will be at the following conventions yet to come this year:

  • Great Homeschool Conventions – Cincinnati, Ohio on April 9-11
  • Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) – Harrisburg, PA on May 8-9

Perhaps you’ve already seen that Zeezok curriculum received two 2015 Practical Homeschooling Magazine awards!

  • 1st Place Music Appreciation – Great Musician Series (the biographies the curriculum is based on)
  • 2nd Place Music Appreciation – Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Music Appreciation Discount & Giveaway

Through April 10, 2-15, there is a 10% discount on all products in the music appreciation category. Use the coupon code ihomeschool15 to receive your discount.

Zeezok is also giving away one complete kit! Enter below by April 2, 2015 for a chance to win Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades.


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The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Ten Best Things about Teaching an Artist

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Living with an artist makes life interesting! They approach life from a different point of view and being science people, it keeps my husband and I on our toes. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Here are The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist.

Artists are Creative People

The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Maybe that goes without saying, but what are some benefits of knowing creative people?

  • They are Makers. There is always something in progress and artists are ingenious about working with what’s available.
  • Artists make beautiful things out of their imagination and experience.
  • They are willing to take risks. I have a saying on the wall in of my studio, “Creativity is having the courage to make mistakes.” Truth.
  • Artists love to experiment with new media. Maybe that’s part of the risk taking quality, but I love to see her try something new.

Benefits of Teaching Creative Students

10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Sometimes it’s difficult to teach creative souls. If you have a creative student, then you might know what I’m talking about. There are messes and lots of risk taking! There’s always something in progress and a creative person is fulfilled by creating and maybe not as much by mundane tasks like math or cleaning up rooms. But, there is a silver lining. Here are a few examples:

  • They bring peace by taking the time notice the everyday- and sketch it.
  • I can order up hand drawn maps for any occasion. Such as for an atlas for our Narnian Adventure co-op class we teach together.
  • Our home gets filled with beautiful artwork. Right now I have a seasonal gallery of trees on canvas in our powder room. I’m only waiting on summer. Also, I commissioned Rebecca to make an Americana quilt which we had a local artist print an image of onto tile. Dan finished installing our new backsplash above the stove which turned out gorgeous. In every way.
  • Learning is self-motivated and Rebecca finds ways to educate herself and try new things. Her art abilities grow as a result.
  • She builds on her passion for creativity and finds new outlets all the time. Homeschooling gives her the time to experiment and pour in. The results are so satisfying.
  • Rebecca finds creative ways to do work. She is often working on commissioned projects and even teaches a group of girls to sew. We are working on putting together a beginner level class. She plans and implements lessons and she’s a very patient encourager.

Resources for Teaching Creative Students

Springtime-Splendor-Collage-600How do you nurture your creative students? Listed below are some ways we work with our creative students.

  • New Art Classes- We are enrolled in Springtime Splendor by Alisha Gratehouse. We’ve been following along with her mixed media seasonal classes. This one begins Monday, April 6th. Early registration is still going on at $48. Regular price is $60. There will be 20 projects in all. Join us!
  • Crafty Math- Knowing how to incorporate math into creative endeavors has gone a long way to our daughter having the endurance and knowledge to tackle her regular math studies. The power of math in creativity cannot be underestimated.
  • High School Art Plans- Some of our plans for art credits
  • Resources for High School Art- Rebecca is a high school freshman and will have 4 credits of art in addition to her sewing and design credits for high school.
  • Sewing & Design- A look at Rebecca’s projects. This is an ongoing page so it isn’t complete as is.

It’s challenging to mentor an artist, but it’s also very rewarding. What are your favorite things about teaching and artist?

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 48

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