Where to start and a step by step guide!
If you clicked on this post, you probably already downloaded my “I Can Learn Music” Course for kids! But, I know it’s hard to know just WHAT TO DO from there!
This course was created to hopefully make things simple as you teach your children about music.
It includes early note reading, rhythm, and other fun things to make introducing musical concepts easy and stress-free.
To make it even more stress-free, here is a break down of how I would recommend using this free course, WITH VIDEO!
Lesson 1: Quarter Notes
In this lesson, we learn about the most common musical note in music: the Quarter Note.
It gets one beat of sound.
Here is a video of me explaining how to teach the first lesson:
And in case you are wondering, I am 32, not 15 like my voice seems to make people think. LOL!
In the video above, I mention some listening suggestions you can have your children do to correspond with this lesson. Here are two ideas you could choose from!
1) “Surprise Symphony”, 2nd Movement ( Joseph Haydn)
Joseph Haydn was considered the “Father of the Symphony”. He wrote 104 of them!
This Symphony is #94, and legend has it that Haydn was concerned his audience getting too familiar with his music ( Sometimes people were falling asleep during the slow parts!).
So, he decided to plant a little “Surprise” in the second movement (a movement is a part of a longer work of music) of his symphony!
As you listen, can you hear his “surprise?” Count how many times you hear it!
What did you think? Do you think Haydn kept his audience awake with his surprises??
2) “Winter” Concerto, First Movement( Antonio Vivaldi)
This beautiful piece of music was written for string orchestra and solo violin.
In the beginning, you can hear the orchestra keeping a steady tempo with short ” staccato” notes together, and then the solo violin comes in quickly and furiously ( Like a winter storm!).
If you’d like the full music appreciation course on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ( Plus 4 other famous classical pieces!) you can check out my Five Music Appreciation Courses Bundle. This will give you resources for teaching Music Appreciation for several months!
I hope this lesson was helpful! Please leave me a comment below if you have any questions I can answer, or let me know how this lesson went for you! Happy listening!