By Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant
Teaching Music in Your Homeschool
with Beethoven Who?
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 email@example.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.
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.
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