One of the challenges to incorporating more fine arts in our lives can be our preconceived notions about whether or not we’ll like something. We have them. Our kids have them. I’m sure you’ve experienced it. “I don’t want to go to the ballet. It sounds boring!” “Opera? Ew. No thanks!” “An art show opening? Snooze. No way.” But a lot of times if we can experience the arts in their natural habitat, we discover that we like these things quite a lot.
A terrific way to get your kids on board and open to new forms of art is by taking advantage of local opportunities to see their peers performing!
Recently I got to take all four of my teenage boys to see one of their friends performing in a voice recital. She is an amazing 18 year old opera singer, and despite the fact that all of my boys would have said an emphatic “No Thank You!” to opera before, they loved this concert and now are proud to say that they do actually like opera and thought it was pretty awesome!
In this facebook live chat, my son Isaac and I talk about this experience, and how watching our friends or kids close to our age can be a great way to get exposure to different art forms, and discover that we do actually have an appreciation for it!
There are tons of local opportunities to take in low or no-cost arts through recitals, art shows, and more. Here are just a few ideas for places to start finding these events:
voice teachers: probably have recitals at least twice a year
piano teachers: probably have recitals twice a year
dance teachers: probably have recitals twice a year
Suzuki method or other instrument lesson instructors
local schools choral, band, and orchestra concerts
local colleges and universities: year-round art shows and special musical performances by students and faculty, as well as special guests
community arts centers: typically offer art shows, sometimes featuring local students, performance art, and more
These classes are set up to be easy for students to work through independently. There are lots of videos, just like what you enjoy here with Enrichment Studies resources, but there’s more direct teaching included in these courses than what we do here.
Happily, now through Nov. 30 you can get any of these courses for $10 off using coupon code BLACKFRIDAY. You get lifetime access to these classes, so even if you aren’t quite ready to jump in, you can save now and have them ready when you are.
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At my house, with several teenagers that love community theater, we are regularly geeking out to show tunes, funny voices, and favorite lines from plays and movies. So I was pretty excited to hear that my friend Gena from Music in Our Homeschool has created an Intro to Musicals course.
My boys are already working through her 20th Century Music Appreciation Course (and loving it), but now they want to take a detour and soak up all the info about the 10 musicals included in this course, since there are quite a few that they aren’t familiar with. You can bet that they’ll all be into it within a couple days. And why shouldn’t they? Not only are musicals fun and entertaining, but they are often a memorable depiction of different points in history, and are full of clever tidbits that have been sewn into the verbal fabric of our culture! Knowing where those sayings come from and the context for them makes language and relating to others more fun! (and that translates into how they speak, the jokes they can tell, the writing that they do, and on…..it’s all connected!)
The course says it’s for elementary students, but older kids (and YOU) will enjoy it too.
Musicals that are introduced in this course include:
One of the more challenging aspects of homeschooling through high school is making sure we provide a well-rounded education and make sure our children are earning all necessary credits. Most families get a handle on the “big” stuff like math, science, and history, but often find themselves struggling to find a solution for music and the arts.
I’m really excited to tell you that Gena from Music in Our Homeschool has created some wonderful solutions for those music credits, at a very affordable price!
Take your kids on a journey through 20th century music! This online course will make it fun and easy for your kids to learn in an engaging way, and you won’t have to do much of anything. (phew! One thing to cross off your list!) This course is laid out in a very simple format that will make it a snap for you or your kids to work their way through it. Each module includes lots of interesting information about the subject matter, and videos are embedded as you go along so they can safely watch, listen, and learn about the different styles of music. Included are also some helpful printables so your child can keep track of what they are learning, become familiar with musical terminology, take notes and do some writing about the composers and music, and so on. There are also additional ideas for going deeper with this study, such as writing assignments, research opportunities, and such. One lesson a week will cruise your high schoolers through a half credit of music appreciation, and they’ll have fun doing it, too.
If you have a high schooler who needs a fine arts credit, you’ll want to look into this! Once it’s purchased, it’s yours forever, so all of your kids will be able to use it and earn a 1/2 credit during high school. But, it can also be used for moms that want to guide even their younger kids through the 36 weekly lessons. Enterprising educators could even opt to get a special license to teach a co-op class with this course!
If you prefer ebooks to an online course, you have that option as well. The ebooks include the same material as the course, but in easy PDF format which can be viewed on a computer, tablet, or even a phone! All links to listen to the music are included, as well as notebooking pages. The 20th Century Music Appreciation set is in 2 volumes: American, and European/South American. They can be purchased separately or together in a bundle.
“As a music educator, I appreciate the depth and organization Gena has put into her music curriculum. She provides many interesting facts and resources comparable to my college music history classes for high school students to learn about different composers of 20th Century European and South American music.” –Kathy Gossen of Cornerstone Confessions.
“Gena has done it again! This is a wonderfully comprehensive look at musicians from the 20th century, a great addition to her previous curriculum on American artists. There were so many composers whose music I was familiar with but didn’t know their names or anything else about them. I look forward to teaching this in my homeschool!” –Michelle Habrych, homeschool mom of two teens
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I recently told you about my experience with Italian opera and how beautiful and emotional it was. Well, tonite I discovered this wonderful video of a 13 year old girl auditioning for America’s Got Talent. WOW! So awesome. What an inspiring young lady. I just love showing my kids what other people their age are doing, and let them be reminded that YES it is possible to do awesome things even when you are young. Be sure to have your children gather round for this beautiful performance.