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We received the truly generous lifetime subscription to HomeSchoolPiano’s complete set of books.
Willie Myette, HomeSchoolPiano’s owner and instructor, is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Although Super Hero has been taking piano lessons for nearly 3 years, he decided he wanted to review CorePiano first, before jumping into Book 1 (or Book 2, maybe even Book 3). The video lessons are accessible via our Mac, laptop, and, iPad (we didn’t use the iPhone, but we could have).
During some of the days we used HomeSchoolPiano, Willie and his team performed some enhancements to the website. Even though the program is advertised for kids (and adults) of all ages, I wouldn’t consider it to be a good fit for very young children, say preschoolers, kindergartners, first and maybe even second graders. Get FREE Printable Homeschool Planning Pages!Sign up for my newsletter and receive this free gift now! The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Each composer unit has 10 lessons, I suggest scheduling 2-3 days per week for the composers study. Hmm…I made this so right now I can’t think of any, but if anyone has suggests on improving the curriculum I’d love to hear them! I usually feel the need to add some type of lesson to the CDs so that is a bit of extra work on my part.
We alternate piano and typing lessons, so they are doing piano about twice a week right now which is clearly not enough.
I am happy with these books, however at some point, I do think we’ll need to move to an actual “live” piano teacher to progress further. Once started, students can mostly do the lessons independently with just a small amount of teacher guidance. So far we’re only through the first book, but I’m thinking we’ll need regular lessons at some point. And hopefully this will help us all as we start the process of researching curriculum, and trying to decide what will be the best fit for our homeschool. Note: Please keep today’s conversations geared towards MUSIC, I will be posting one for each subject separately so we can keep our comments organized.
Disclosure: This was not a sponsored post, I may however be affiliated with one or more products mentioned. I purchased the Greatest Composers curriculum last week and have to say I am super impressed.
Feierabend also has a book called The Book of Movement Exploration (among several other fantastic books in the series). Learning the composers from the past is obviously very important, but a music curriculum should mostly be about doing. We have heard a lot of good things about Piano Wizard Academy and in fact they are offering a free online event where Music Wizard Group founder Chris Salter will discuss the following topics with regards to homeschoolers. I would add that gaining breath and body awareness coordinated with simultaneous listening to music (live music especially) and then making music in time and tune with other music is the true process of real music learning for a young child. Any mother starting a young child in that process commits to being aware of herself as a music maker – a singer first and most simply. We’re so appreciative of others who promote music, the arts, and creativity in homeschooling! Our daughter’s fourth grade reading book introduced a story about a jazz musician (his name is escaping me) so we did extensive research on him and jazz music, which included learning about several other jazz musicians from New Orleans and New York City. Somehow, one day last year, we got on the subject of Dolly Parton as a singer and music writer.
Last year, we found the Hoffman Academy, a free online resource for piano lessons and was able to purchase a used piano for $100 from a family member, who took payments. Today I’d like to give you some tips to help your homeschool student be successful with piano lessons. As an adult, I am so grateful to my mom and dad for their support of my learning to play the piano. As a mother, I have now found the love in helping others find the joy in making the music which God created within them from the beginning.
As a teacher, there are several keys to the success of a child learning the love of a musical instrument. Music in Our Homeschool is a website run by veteran homeschool mom of 8 and music teacher Gena Mayo.
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When I heard about a safe Minecraft server and that they offer homeschool classes, I was very intrigued!
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SKrafty is specially designed and the rules are constructed to encourage good sportsmanship – with no griefing allowed, no bad language or ugly talk, and no sharing of outside links to protect your children. Some of the kids also spent some time doing some other things that the Skrafty Minecraft server offers, like building and exploring in Creative Mode. I would love for my kids to take The Hobbit class because we are going to read it together this year. The subscription entitles up to 5 members of your family to use the complete set of books, that is Core Piano, Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3. He’s an accomplished pianist and musician, who has performed in stages throughout the United States and Europe. Willie gives good pointers and analogies to help you understand clearly and to remember things more easily. Naturally, when major updates such as these occur, the server is bound to be inconsistent for a little while (or longer).
Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions.
Each CD introduces children to classic music and most come with some sort of small activity booklet, or guide to help walk you through the CD. Right now we are all working our way through our own Piano lessons using  Piano is Easy series. Downloading, printing, and organizing didn’t take too long, as a lot of it is already organized well in the download.
Instruments in the home – When children are little, having a good range of instruments in the house encourages them to play with music.
Play Music – Whether you use CDs, ipods, or an internet streamed service, play a good variety of music while you cook, do art, clean the house, etc. Participate in church musicals and bands – many churches have programs where they can participate and learn a lot about music and instruments.
The single most important activity that will advance a child’s music education is singing. That means she realizes a book or prop or CD or flashcard isn’t the real teaching tool. We were able to watch the tv special, the Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood and the original Sound of Music musical on tv, during the holidays.
However, my point is that music appreciation should be viewed as such, appreciation of music. Meet the teacher, watch their interactions and instructions, and determine if their personality and goals fit your child and your family. It is our goal to provide you with articles about resources, tips, freebies, giveaways, and sales to help you include music in your homeschool!
While playing on Skrafty he has learned creative building, developed critical thinking skills, made friends, and learned to be a team player. Sign up HERE for live classes or self-paced classes and begin your journey into the world of homeschool Minecraft with SKrafty.
These cover the basics up to fairly advanced music concepts with a mastering method that involves technique, rhythm, ear training, improvisation, song playing, and reading. Once the dust settled though, we were pleased with the improved video player that allowed us a better learning experience. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces from each composer studied.
By the end of the study, your student will have a completed composers notebook along with an orchestra and music lap book. I do like these lessons and they progress through slowly, but teach actual songs as they go so students feel like they’re learning quickly. They are products I have used and felt like sharing, cuz’ it’s my blog and I can if I want to. Even though my kids are a bit older, (5th & 6th grades), it looks plenty challenging and fun.
I remember my elementary music class growing up was all about the singing of songs and following along reading the music. SHE is the tool, the model of simple things like breathing before singing, listening with soft awareness, and moving with flow.
Along with what everyone said, we think it is so important to provide children with opportunities to be musically creative! When we hear a song written by Dolly Parton being sung by another singer such as Whitney Houston, we are sure to make a point of it.


Years ago, I had purchased a CD of calming instrumental music we listen to some days during Math or Handwriting independent work. I took a Music Appreciation class in college, which mainly focused on the classical music composers and styles of the 1600s-1800s. I do not remember asking to take piano lessons nor had one else in the family taken any musical lessons, but at the age of four, my mom found a teacher, sat by me in lessons and had me practice each day.
I enjoy accompanying hymns with children’s choirs or musical solos at local contests. Each teacher has priorities and goals for their students and as your child progresses that teacher may change to fit your new goals for your child.  Keep communicating with your child’s teacher about their progress and or about questions or concerns that may have arose during the time between lessons. Having an awareness of which is the right and left hands helps in the progression of learning the keys and notes.
School work is not a chore any more I just give him the list of what needs to be done and he does it. The classes have been fun and the reading program has encouraged him to read more than ever. His reading and writing have developed more with Skrafty than any other program we have used.
The second part encompasses actual music lessons whereby our children are learning to play instruments.
They will also have learned several different styles of music, vocabulary, as well as have gained an appreciation for music in general.
And, of course, we listen to various radio channels on the car radio, including Christian religious channels. Having pulled our daughter from public school in 3rd grade and being new to homeschooling at the time with a limited budget for curriculum, we used what free resources we could, the Internet, radio, etc.
My parents supported my lessons through high school as I also learned to play the organ and then the saxophone. Not all children are ready at four or five; it may be at age eight that your child is ready for the piano.  Starting lessons again after a time away when the child is more ready can also prove to be very successful!! Practice should begin with 15 minutes for 4 days per week and increase as the level of music increases. This does not cost you any more, and it helps cover costs associated with running the website. He finds the lessons entertaining and engaging and he loves the activities that go along with them.
The classes are engaging because they are so hands on and truly turn learning into an adventure.
Then they go on the Skrafty Minecraft server into the Virtual France Field Trip class portal and have some fun. Rewind or fast forward with no buffering, and Super Hero’s favorite: fast or slow mo! As far as cons, the only thing I’d mention is that there are companion books to purchase for the study. I highly recommend John Feierabend’s resources (available on Amazon and GIA publications).
In addition, we used our own memories and our personal enjoyment of music to guide us while we focused on purchasing curriculum for our core subjects: reading, language arts, spelling, math, history, and science. Music rang through our house as I played the hymns from our Sunday service or prepare our hearts for the Christmas season with the carols of the season. The first day after a lesson is the most important day of practice as they will have the greatest recollection of the music taught during the lessons. I am am honest in my review of the products and only recommend products I would actually find useful myself. Using some of your favorite homeschool curriculum companies (including Apologia Science, Mystery of History, and A+ Interactive Math) you’ll learn to incorporate Minecraft projects into your family homeschool. The intervals that children learn to sing with these songs are then easily identifiable when learning to read music on the staff. Thankfully my library carries the entire World’s Greatest series, so we will probably try our luck at getting them when we need them. I was able to print off a lot of introductory lesson resources, which I added to the our music binder. The kids sometimes really have to search and search to find a free plot.) My kids had to share (split the plots in sections) since they are sharing one account.



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