Teaching Music in Your Homeschool with Beethoven Who?

Before moving forward, I need to satisfy the FCC’s requirements:

This post and sidebar contain affiliate and advertising links, which means I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase, at no additional cost to you.  If you wish to learn more, you are welcome to read my disclosure page.  Thank you for your support.

 

 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by.  Looking for Homeschool Information?  This is the place.  Take a moment to subscribe to my blog so you do not miss a thing.

Beethoven Who? by Marcia Washburn

 

Teaching Music in Your Homeschool

with Beethoven Who?

Product Review

Wait!  Don’t leave.  You do not need to possess a music degree or a lot of money in order to teach your children music.  Teaching music was the furthest thing from my mind until I read Marcia Washburn’s Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music.  She has written this eBook with homeschool families in mind.  So, let me show you how teaching music in your homeschool with Beethoven Who? is possible.

In case you are not familiar with Marcia Washburn, let me share with you her bio.  A portion of her fact sheet states: 

“Marcia Washburn holds a Master’s in Music Education. She taught public school music for eight years prior to the birth of their oldest son. She has operated several businesses including a profitable piano studio. She and her husband homeschooled their five sons in rural Colorado for nineteen years.”

Marcia has the qualifications and an understanding of a homeschool mom in order to write this 336-page eBook.  She realizes a number of families do not have the extra funds to provide their children with music lessons or the ability to collect a vast number of music CDs.  Marcia is also aware many of us are not musically inclined and feel unqualified to teach music.  Do not worry.  She has devised a way for all us to expose our families to high quality music along with providing activities to facilitate learning.  You may wonder just what you need to teach your children music.  It is quite simple and inexpensive.  Purchase the Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music; gather your family around the computer; and gain access to YouTube.

Marcia certainly has made a case for the need to provide our children with a music education.  She lists the reasons as artistic expression, intellectual benefits, discipline, physical coordination, emotional release, and social benefits.  I agree with her on the intellectual benefits.  My husband and I had our children begin piano lessons at the ages of six and four.  Our son had eight years of lessons.  Our daughter is 13 years old and is in her 9th year of lessons.  One of the reasons we had our children to begin taking piano lessons is because of our desire to increase their math skills.

Beethoven Who?  has four sections; listening to music, reading music, making music, and appendices, plus an index.  One of the appendices is a glossary of terms, which I found very helpful.  The eBook also contains a plethora of internal and external links with most of them leading to YouTube.  According to Marcia’s website, there are over 700 links in Beethoven Who?

You will find activities and resources in this eBook for all ages to enjoy.  A high school student may want to use Beethoven Who? as a music appreciation course.  Marcia provides suggestions such as completing composer studies to broaden the study of music.  These activities will assist in completing a fine arts credit 

You and your family will learn the elements of music.  I have to admit I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the information.  Thankfully, the Elements of Music Chart helped to sort things out.

Section I of Beethoven Who? contains information from five musical periods; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Impressionistic, and Twentieth Century.  You will read about numerous composers and follow links to hear selections of their music.  One of my favorite pieces is the piano arrangement of Für Elise by Beethoven.  My daughter played this for her recital at the age of nine.

 

 

Section II is about reading music.  Marcia provides activities to help with learning the different notes and on how to teach pitch, rhythm, and dynamics.  She has even included templates for you to print and use to play games.  Your children will have the opportunity to create a Drinking Glass Orchestra and make Lummi Sticks as well as other instruments.

Section III of Beethoven Who? is about making music.  You and your family will enjoy numerous selections of action, work, patriotic, sacred, and other types of songs.  I have not heard a few of these songs in quite some time, such as Home Home on the Range.

I hope I have proved that teaching music in your homeschool with Beethoven Who? is possible.

 

Special Offer and Giveaway

 

Beethoven Who? normally sells for $29.99.  Marcia is offering a promotional price of $19.99.  When you purchase the book write to Marcia at marcia@marciawashburn.com to receive a free e-copy of her eBook, Teach Your Family to Play the Soprano Recorder. This is a special bonus just for you.  This offer ends on February 28, 2013.

Marcia and I are offering a giveaway.  Please feel free to go ahead and purchase Beethoven Who? during the giveaway period.  If you are the recipient of a free copy of Beethoven Who?, Marcia will refund your money.

 

 Blessings,

Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant

 

 

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Tracey Douglass Masters on being the winner!

 

Marcia Washburn graciously provided me with a free copy of Beethoven Who? Family Fun with Music in exchange for an honest review.  Please read the disclaimer shown below.

H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting Disclaimers

As a Homeschool Consultant, I am always looking for ways to help other homeschool moms.  Do you have a question or topic you would like for me to write about in my upcoming blog posts?  If so, please let me know.  I will be happy to add it to my list.

My eBook                                             

Educate the Home Educator Crash Course  Subscribe to the H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting Blog    Monthly_Activities_and_Freebies  

Disclaimer

H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting Disclaimers

This copyrighted article originated from Angie McFarren at H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting. © 2014 H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting Blog  All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Angie McFarren

RN - Wife - Mom - Homeschool Mom - Homeschool Consultant - Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 2 teenagers. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also a Product Reviewer for See the Light Art Curriculum.

6 Comments:

  1. Sounds like a great resource!

  2. Hi Dori,

    Yes, it is. Thanks for stopping by. :)

    Blessings,
    Angie

  3. Yah! Thank you so much! I just found the e-mail from Marcia. She even sent the bonus e-book. I still have to download everything and I hope to have more time to read through the materials tonight. I can’t wait to start using this with Alyssa! It is greatly appreciated.
    God bless,
    Tracey M.

  4. Hi Tracey,

    You are welcome and I am glad you received the extra eBook. There is a lot of reading you have ahead.
    Let me know what Alyssa has to say after you use it for awhile.

    Blessings,
    Angie

  5. This sounds like a great resource! I’ll have to check it out. I have found, of course, that homeschool moms tend to create the best tools for homeschoolers to use. :-) #BB100

  6. Hi Beth,

    Thanks you. I am happy you like it. :) Stop by again.

    Blessings,
    Angie

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Comments Protected by WP-SpamShield Anti-Spam