Friday, February 26

Music Class - unschooly version

We went to see the Magic of Mozart a few weeks ago. Froggy fell in love. It was amazing a beautiful to watch.

Taking off on that interest, in the typical unschooly fashion, we have been studying the orchestra and the different instuments and the family groups they belong to.

We using Carnival of the Animals as our primary source. It is an amazing piece. The book is lively and interesting. Froggy needs something to look at while listening to the music to help stay focused. Each page talks about the track to which we are listening and has her completely captivated.

Another great site that helps us is Perfect Pitch which is created by ArtsEdge, the educational foundation portion of the Kennedy Center. It shows how the orchestra has changed over time as well as the families of instruments and their position in the orchestra.

Some other books we are using/enjoying in this process are:
Meet The Orchestra by Ann Hayes
The Story of the Incredible Orchestra by Bruce Koscielniak
Musical Instruments Coloring Book by Ellen McHenry

We are going to go to Sounds of the Symphony on March 7th. A local homeschool mom is performing. It should be a fantastic culmination to our unit.

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