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Music Appreciation Curriculum: 25 Lessons in 20th Century European & South American Music

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!

Option 1:  The Self-paced online course

20th Century Music Appreciation for High School

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!

20th century music appreciation course



Option 2:  Ebook curriculum

21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation

25 Lessons in 20th Century European & South American Music Appreciation

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.


20th century music appreciation




“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