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Homeschool moms can’t do it all. Some of us excel in teaching our children certain subjects while others struggle and pray for help in the very same subject. The wonderful thing about home education in this day and age is that homeschool moms have a plethora of resources at their fingertips to help with the school subjects that they might not otherwise enjoy or know how to teach. For many moms, teaching music appreciation is one of those “back burner”, do it later type of subjects. We know it needs to get done, but really who has the time to research and put together all of those lesson plans amidst the day to day struggles.
That is why I am so excited to bring Classical Composers Monthly to your attention. No longer do you have to go searching for composer biographies, musical pieces, learning activities, and all of the other fun things that can be planned in a composers unit study. Classical Composers Monthly has done all of the work for you. I recently had the blessed opportunity to review their Collection 1 (one) with my 3 children, ages 11, 8 and 6.
I love classical music and have a great deal of experience singing classical pieces in High School, but like most homeschool moms, classical musical appreciation and composers lesson planning took a back seat to the more traditional school subjects. Classical Composers Monthly has made teaching my children about classical composers and their music so easy that now I have no excuse to not include it full-time in our upcoming school year.
So what is so amazing about Classical Composers Monthly? Namely that they have collected musical pieces, learning activities, and composer biographies for you in one convenient place. No more spending hours tracking down this activity or that resource for next week’s lesson plans. It is like one stop lesson plan shopping. Collection 1 (one) included music, biographies, and learning activities for the following composers:
- von Weber
As you can see collection 1 (one) includes the major classical composers and is a wonderful introduction for your children into the world of classical music.
With Classical Composers Monthly, each month you will receive a collection of resources pertaining to the selected composer. The resources might include ebooks, activities, lesson plans, videos, musical playlist, and other fun resources related to the composer, time period, or instruments.
My 3 children were thrilled when I told them about this review opportunity. We started with the first composer on the list, Ludwig von Beethoven. The resources for this composer included a very informative, but not overly informational biography, learning activities, a printable timeline which my oldest absolutely loved, and a plethora of musical videos and mp3s. Also included was a 3 part BBC documentary on Beethoven. We spent 2-3 days each week enjoying Beethoven and his music. After the first day of learning about Beethoven, my children asked to have his music playing in the background while they did their other school work. I’d call that a success hands down! Honestly, there is no way I would have had the time to gather all of these resources on my own. However, thanks to Classical Composers Monthly my children are finally able to learn about classical composers and gain an appreciation for their music.
My children can now recognize most of Beethoven’s musical pieces and typical of my children, they are randomly talking about him throughout the day and at dinner. I am looking forward to introducing them, and reintroducing myself to the other composers and their works in collection 1.
As a homeschool mom, I love that this program is flexible. We can spend as little or as much time learning about the composer and his music as we like. Some days 20 minutes was enough while other days we were learning so much that the lesson naturally lasted closer to an hour. There is no set time and even on those days when you can’t do an activity or read a biography, you can still play the music in the background while you are teaching other subjects. Also, because you pay one-time for the collection you have lifetime access to the activities and resources which makes it an incredibly affordable option for families with multi-aged children. Buy once and you can use it for all of your children, regardless of their age or grade level now. For example, I have 3 toddlers as well as my 3 school aged children. Because I have lifetime access to collection 1, my toddlers will be able to learn about these amazing composers when they are school age as well.
We are thoroughly enjoying our Classical Composers Monthly lessons and I am so thankful to have finally found a resource that does all of my classical musical lesson planning for me.
You can try Classical Composers Monthly for FREE here, just click on the freebie link at the bottom.
Classical Composers Monthly is having a back to school sale, their collections are normally priced $14.95 but you can get them for $9.95 each.
And the fun doesn’t stop there! Classical Composers Monthly has been gracious enough to offer one of our lucky winners a chance to win a collection of their choice!! Just enter below!