Music and Composer study is something we try to do weekly and have attempted to establish as a regular part of our
routine. Many Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschoolers embrace Composer and Music study for many different reasons.In its simplest function, it introduces children to the beauty and depth of classical music as well as nurtures an appreciation and understanding of composers and musical eras. But Composer and Classical Music Study does so much more than this for our kids. It inspires them. It moves them. It encourages the habits of attention and contemplation. And, of course, it cultivates Classical Music literacy and a knowledge of and understanding of many different composers and their styles, musical instruments, music theory, and much more. And in our current culture, I feel this is so incredibly important for young children to grasp and hold onto – beautiful music that draws them to reflect upon the good and true.
Honestly? SQUILT is pretty awesome. It is literally open and go music appreciation at your finger tips. We have worked through much of
The Classical Era book and every member of the family truly enjoys this program (including me!)
The Classical Volume includes the following composers: Haydn, Boccherini, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert. Students learn the history of the Classical Era and gain an understanding of how music was changing and evolving at that time.
I absolutely love that all the music, links, information, inspiration, and direction is all there. The composers are laid out chronologically and I just open it up and follow along. There are even pretty Notebooking Pages to go with each composer.
As you work through the composers, there are various pieces of music by that composer recommended for listening. Along with the listening, you and your children will be looking for and discussing: Rhythm and Tempo, Dynamics, Instrumentation, and Mood. There’s a bunch of handy little sheets to help you along with this too (see photo below). Everything is easily explained and outlined in the SQUILT manual, which is great, especially for those of us who aren’t music experts.
I also love the variety and creativity of the lessons. There are interesting pieces of information and factoids all throughout the curriculum along with historical facts and pointers. I also really enjoy the fun and engaging activities to go along with the different pieces of music.
For example, for our study of Beethoven, the kids listened to four different versions of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and were asked to rate them out of 10. They LOVED doing this and it led to some great discussions.
To go along with SQUILT, I add biographies of the composers we are discussing. It adds a living book element which ties it all together so nicely. If you haven’t heard of the “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers” series – you need to check it out. My kids love those books and they have little movies that go along with them that are often found at the library!